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

World's oldest prehistoric toilet unearthed in Argentina

Fossilised dung left by megaherbivores 240-million years ago have been found clustered together

The video of a dolphin is shocking, but is it just because it reminds us of ourselves?

We like to think of ourselves as better than giving in to our animal urges

The week in radio: Home truths in a heartbreaking tale of the child victims of war

"I must go to bed now as we have an early start in the morning," wrote 12-year-old Joyce Henderson in her diary on 31 Aug 1939. "Tomorrow, I become an evacuee and it's all because of something called war."

Elephant tusks smuggled into Thailand from Kenya. Thailand is yet to implement a legal framework to tackle the ivory trade

US to destroy entire six-ton stockpile of ivory in message to poachers – but experts say it could just make problem worse

There are fears destruction just increases value of remaining stockpiles on illegal markets

Theatre review: Our Ajax, Southwark Playhouse, London

Inspired by Sophocles tragedy Ajax, Timberlake Wertenbaker's new play updates the action to a modern-day warzone; the sand-covered stage naturally evokes Afghanistan.

No pound signs: The John Lewis television ad is cuddly, cosy and ruthlessly efficient

Seasonal advertising: As John Lewis well knows, commerce is the gift that keeps on giving

If its TV ad now sets the Christmas tone, then we have only ourselves to blame

The Hare brings a gift to introduce his friend the Bear to Christmas

First View: John Lewis Christmas commercial - 'The Bear and The Hare'

'Biggest advertising event of the year' makes debut in X Factor break on Saturday

Sergei Rumyantsev, 55, at hospital in Borogontsy

Armed only with a small knife and a loyal dog, man beats bear in Siberian forest

Sergei Rumyantsev, 55, stabbed the animal in heart after he was attacked

A cameraman has accused the BBC of faking its nature scenes

Nature scenes filmed in 'controlled conditions', BBC admits after cameraman says small animal footage was 'faked'

Doug Allen said the infamous Frozen Planet polar bear incident wasn't the only specially-arranged shot on a BBC wildlife show

Professionals are concerned about the direction taxidermy is heading as it gains popularity

Stuff and nonsense: The fashion for taxidermy is growing apace, but professional artists worry about 'ghoulish' amateurs having a go

Once, stuffing a guinea pig for pleasure was considered mildly eccentric. Now, the craze has become so popular that even leading practitioners say it has got out of hand. Polly Morgan, who made taxidermy fashionable 10 years ago with her zany displays of birds, says she has become "uncomfortable with the direction taxidermy is taking", saying it is "ghoulish and macabre to stuff animals for kicks". She thinks that young people are "glorifying or sexualising" dead animals.

Lostprophets announce split after 'year of heartache'

Welsh band Lostprophets, whose frontman Ian Watkins is standing trial for sex offences, have announced their split.

Connecticut Supreme Court to decide if horses are a 'naturally vicious species'

The Connecticut Supreme Court will decide whether horses in the state should be classified as a " naturally vicious species", in a court case that dates back to 2006.

Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Stephen Hawking speaks out in favour of assisted suicide

71-year-old cosmologist had previously been less supportive of the right to die as 'there is always hope'

Man punches bear (but he's not sure where)

The couple were alarmed to see a bear's paw, or possibly a head, poking its way into their tent

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