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New Guinea flatworm: Foreign worm that could wipe out Britain’s snails arrives in Europe via potted plant imports

Experts want imports of pot plants banned to keep highly destructive species out of Britain

File: A team from the University of Florida with a 162lb (73kg) Burmese python captured in the Everglades

Scientists warn of homing pythons: Experts discover giant snakes ‘have compass instinct’

New study has implications for authorities removing snakes in Florida – only to see them come straight back


The (very) long march of the emperor penguin

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Scotland faces ‘bumper year’ for blood-sucking midges after exceptionally wet winter

Conditions are perfect for a huge midge hatch this year, a leading expert has warned

The group of about 30-40 dolphins became trapped in the shifting ice

Tragic final moments of trapped dolphins caught on film

Pod of white-beaked dolphins off Canadian coast surrounded by shifting ice

Samples of the plant, estimated to be at least 1,530 years old, were recovered from Signy Island in Antarctica and revived in a laboratory

Frozen moss buried in Antarctica for more than 1,500 years starting to grow again in laboratory

Frozen moss that had been buried in the Antarctic permafrost for more than 1,500 years and showed no sign of life has started to grow again in a laboratory, scientists said.

Depleted clean water reserves is one of the world’s major threats

State of the Future report: Humans are doing OK, but nature suffers as a result – and we’ll pay for it

Report warns that across the world, water, essential for survival, is running low – with water tables falling in every continent

Tiger versus dustbuster: Home videos released for first time show extraordinary upbringing of Life of Pi star Jonas the tiger

Jonas became a Hollywood star after a formative period in the living room of his keepers - but was not around to see his film hit screens

More than 95 per cent of salmon in the world are now farmed, according to researchers

Sterilise farmed salmon to save wild species, critics say

Millions of farmed fish escape globally each year, destroying wild salmons' genetic traits

Can our trees be saved from big timber, rampant disease and global warming?

If they’re not being blown over, our ancient woodlands are being felled by disease, politics and climate change. But the answer to this nationwide problem might be more local than we think…

A python strangles and ultimately eats a crocodile after an epic duel this week at Lake Moondarra in north-western Queensland, Australia

Python eats croc: when two (or more) species go to war - the 12 most amazing animal battles ever recorded

This week’s images of a snake eating a crocodile caused jaws to drop worldwide. But epic fights between species are surprisingly common. Oscar Quine selects 12 especially memorable encounters – while boxing correspondent Steve Bunce tries to pick the winners

A mother and baby killer whale swim together at SeaWorld, San Diego.

SeaWorld San Diego killer whale shows could end if new legislation passes

The popular US attraction has been criticised following allegations made in the documentary 'Blackfish'

Copenhagen Zoo sparked outrage earlier this month when it killed a healthy giraffe, Marius

Zoos in Europe ‘kill 5,000 healthy animals a year’

Revelation comes in wake of controversy over healthy giraffe put down in Copenhagen

Scottish seals still sliced to death by propellers ‘because ministers are breaking international law’

Warning: Graphic images below. Experts think seals are attracted to the sound made by propellers - and activists say EU legislation demands immediate action be taken to protect the marine mammals

A bird on the brink of extinction, the Tahiti monarch has one hope – you

It’s not a king’s ransom; what is needed is about £33,000

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