Hens Esther and Yossi Dvir, who run an organic farm in Israel, have reported a six per cent increase in egg yield since they have played Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi to their 7,000 hens. No figures are available on which composer had the greatest effect.

Cats A Filipina faces deportation from Hong Kong because she did not know the name of her husband's cat. Alicia Aspuria, who is charged with faking marriage to obtain a residence visa, told immigration officials that the cat was called "Meow Meow" when its real name is "Dau Dau". She says that she always talks to the cat in English, so does not know its Chinese name.

Crocodiles Hong Kong plans to ease restrictions on eating crocodile meat. At present a licence is needed to sell or buy it.