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Michael Jackson's pet tiger,
Thriller, has died of cancer

Michael Jackson's tiger Thriller dies (but Bubbles is going strong)

One of the stars of Michael Jackson's former Neverland Ranch home – his pet Bengal tiger, Thriller – has died from lung cancer.

Karl Lagerfeld's feline companion has two maids to look after her, eats breakfast and supper at the dining table and has her own iPad to play with

Why Karl Lagerfeld's kitty Choupette is feline good

I've always thought that my cat Mitten has quite a fabulous life. He has a posh fleece blanket to sleep on, myriad catnip-filled mice to play with, a garden full of wildlife to slay and a rather handsome Alessi food bowl. Twice a day, said bowl is filled with the kind of cat food that has a pampered Persian on the packet (rather than a tabby scamp). He's even on the moggy version of Facebook – Catbook.

Sleeping partners: Ikea's 'crash test moggy' and live prototype crowd out the humans

Move over, darling... Tiddles is here

Half the nation's pet owners encourage their animals to share their bed

While eight in 10 consumers have changed their grocery shopping habits to save money, new research shows only one in 10 pet owners have cut back on what they spend on their animals

Pampered pets UK!

Owners would rather spend less on themselves than let their cats go without

Video: 500 caged dogs saved in China

Animal lovers in China helped rescue over 500 caged dogs.

Dogs 'reflect owner's personality'

Dog owners are drawn to breeds that reflect their personalities, psychologists say.

Pets ban for couple who kept 56 dogs

A couple with five children who kept 56 large dogs in their four-bedroom house have been banned from keeping animals for eight years.

Beyonce as she is fed in El Dorado Hills, California

'Beyonce' the Dachshund mix makes bid to be named world's smallest dog

A puppy named after one of the world's biggest pop stars could set the world record for the tiniest dog.

Yoda, winner of the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog contest, held annually in California died in her sleep on Saturday. She was 15.

Yoda the 'world's ugliest dog' dies aged 15

A 15-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix dog dubbed 'The World's Ugliest' has died, her owner announced today.

Video: Snowboarding opossum takes to the slopes

Ratatouille, a snowboarding opossum, has hit the slopes at the Liberty Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth, a Lhasa apso, and owner Margaret Anderson pose for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 2012 Crufts

Elizabeth takes the Best in Show crown at Crufts

Fittingly in a Diamond Jubilee year, a Lhasa Apso named Elizabeth was crowned Best in Show title at Crufts.

Video: Starving seal pup hand-fed

A tiny newborn seal who cannot feed properly from its mother after three days is hand fed by minders at a wildlife centre in China.

Dog show spreads pedigree grooming across Asia

Pedigree Shih Tzu dogs were among the many breeds showcased at the Asia-Pacific dog show in Manila this weekend.

'Red Dog's' Koko with his co-star Josh Lucas.

The Artist's Uggie pipped to pooch film prize by Red Dog star Koko

Koko wins best dog in a foreign film at the first Golden Collar awards in Los Angeles

Video: Dog rescued from sea by kayaker

A kayaker in the Gulf of Mexico has rescued an injured dog he found swimming offshore after his owner was killed by a car.

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