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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

Academic takes swipe at David Attenborough wildlife documentaries for ignoring gay animals

Three of veteran broadcaster's shows identified in a new study as perpetuating the notion that animal relationships are predominantly heterosexual

Furry, cute, long-tailed and distinctly rodent-like - the creature that could be our earliest human ancestor

In a paper published yesterday in the journal 'Science', researchers claim that within two to three million years of the extinction of dinosaurs the first modern mammals may have begun to appear

The 10 Best adventure playgrounds

No matter how chilly it is outside, come half term, you're going to need to tire out the children. Try one of these for size

Images Iran claims are of the same monkey: after the launch (right) and before (left)

The mystery of the Iran space monkey is solved - the pictures showed the wrong animal, say Iranian officials

Iran has insisted that it did send a monkey into space amid conjecture that the launch was faked.

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Was Iran's monkey in space launch faked? Before and after pictures of space-travelling simian appear to show different animals

The veracity of Iran’s  triumphant claims to have launched a monkey into space has been called into question by before and after pictures of the simian space-traveller that appear to show two different animals.

BBC 5Live presenter Shelagh Fogarty gets flustered after a mouse in spotted in the studio

Video: 'How horrible!' BBC radio presenter screams on-air after spotting a mouse

BBC 5Live's radio presenter Shelagh Fogarty was left cowering on her chair after a mouse was seen scurrying across the studio.

Suspected Islamist gunmen kill 18 in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Islamist gunmen opened fire on residents of a market town in northeast Nigeria, killing 18 people in one of the deadliest attacks for several weeks, a local government official said.

Judo: Gibbons wins first British title

Olympic silver medalist Gemma Gibbons returned to action yesterday and picked up the first British Championship gold of her career in Sheffield.

RELIGION

The threat of schism within the Anglican church grew last night after the leader of a global group of traditional Anglicans condemned the Church of England for "compromising with the secular preoccupations of the West" by allowing celibate gay bishops.

All creatures great and small: Annual animal census begins at London Zoo

The count is required as part of the license terms of British zoos

A female rhino, with a male companion, who survived a brutal dehorning in South Africa

Rhino poaching peaks across Africa as demand for horns soars

The world is facing a new wildlife crisis with rhino and elephant poaching in Africa now running out of control, as the illicit wildlife trade booms across the globe as never before.

The small monkey was found wandering around in Ikea

Ikea monkey Darwin is 'a little person' insists owner embroiled in custody battle

Darwin, who some have dubbed the 'Toronto One', was taken in by Animal Services after being found in the furniture store dressed in a sheepskin coat

Nepalese army hunts elephant that killed four

Soldiers in Nepal are hunting a wild elephant that is terrorising villagers in the south of the country and has killed four people in the past three months.

Why monkeys will never beat humans in a dance off

While, primates of all species can apparently enjoy fizzy pop (see above), it turns out that picking up on the beat in music is a uniquely human trait.

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all