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Video: Pet cat inherits €10m

Tommasino, a pet cat from Rome, has been left a staggering ten million euros after his owner died.

Oldest dog dies aged 26 in Japan

The world's oldest dog has died in Japan aged 26 years and eight months. Pusuke, a fluffy tan shiba mix, died after suddenly falling ill and refusing to eat.

Crawling crabs sidle into UK to pinch festive sales

A toy crab which has taken the US by storm is be launched in the UK in time for Christmas, the toy distributor Character said yesterday. The group hopes XiaXia, pronounced ShaSha and developed by the creators of ZhuZhu Pets, will help to prop up sales amid a tough festive toy market.

Video: Sheep dangling from window rescued

Video of a sheep being saved after an accident left it hanging out of a building window with rope around its neck has become an internet hit. .

Dog helps man struck by lightning

A man who was struck by lightning has praised his dog after it led him back to his house to raise the alarm.

Sealyhams on the brink of extinction

The sealyham terrier, a traditional English dog breed once popular with celebrities and the aristocracy, is on the brink of extinction, breeders have warned. Only 49 rare sealyham puppies were registered with the Kennel Club last year, making them more rare than the giant panda.

Britain's pets are too podgy, charity warns

Britain is facing an epidemic of podgy pets being fed junk food, according to a leading animal charity.

Cat crazy! I've got that lovin' feline

After the Tories went to war over little Maya, novelist Philippa Stockley celebrates the nation's love affair with the most imperious of pets

Video: Shocking dog fighting images

The charity launches a new appeal for a super-hospital as cases of animal cruelty soar.

Missing skunk found after police appeal

Police hunting a missing pet skunk say she has now been found safe and well.

Puppies need mum longer

Separating puppies from their mothers too early can lead to behavioural problems later in life, a study has found.

Hospitals treating more dog bites

The number of people admitted to hospital for injuries caused by dogs is on the rise.

Diplomatic game of cat and mouse in Kabul over embassy's feline friends

There may be bombs going off across Afghanistan, a fraught relationship with President Hamid Karzai to preserve, and the small matter of restoring law and order before the troops go home and the money runs out. But diplomats with the US mission in Kabul have another problem on their hands: what to do about the cats.

Larry makes his first kill at No 10

Larry the tabby cat given a home at 10 Downing Street after a rat was spotted at the doorstep has, four months after moving in, made his first confirmed kill.

Baby sloth hand fed after mother's milk dries

Keepers are giving round-the-clock treatment to the latest addition to a zoo's population after her mother became ill and could not produce enough milk to feed her.

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