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

Revealed, the ugliest animal on earth: the humble Blobfish

Other contenders for the prize included the axolotl and the pig-nosed turtle

New Zealand is match-fit after winning the Louis Vuitton elimination series and seemed to have a slight speed edge upwind

New Zealand put on flawless display to take early advantage in America's Cup

The 50 stars and 13 stripes of the United States defender were given a painful battering by the four stars and union flag of New Zealand in the opening pair of the America’s Cup in San Francisco. The first race looked at one time to be really close and the defender, Oracle, at one time took the lead.

The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey battle it out to be named least attractive beast

Other contenders for the prize include the pubic louse and the pig-nosed turtle

Revealed: The 'gruelling' journey of live sheep exports from North of England to France

Sheep are being transported for up to 18 hours in hot, cramped conditions from the North of England to France, a charity’s investigation into live animal exports has found.

Man banned from every farm in the country after admitting sex with goat

Wiltshire man pleads guilty to breaking Sexual Offences Act, sentencing due in September

In captivity the male giant panda is more interested in bamboo than in mating

Panda sex exposé: Why does the male struggle to perform his duty in captivity?

Roger Dobson gets the bear facts

New species of mammal identified in jungles of Ecuador – the world's first new carnivore in 35 years

Olinguito described as a cross between 'a teddy bear and a house cat'

Yang Guang the panda at Edinburgh Zoo

Bamboo and a long lie-in as Yang Guang - the UK’s only male panda - turns 10

The UK’s only male panda was treated to a lie-in and a meal of his favourite variety of bamboo on his 10th birthday today.

The body of a reclusive woman was eaten by her own cats as she lay undiscovered in her home for several weeks, an inquest has heard.

Reclusive woman eaten by pet cats as body lay undiscovered in home

Janet Veal’s body was found with parts 'gnawed and eaten' by animals that had been left without food for up to three months.

The Amazon’s eco-systems have been damaged

How extinction of five-tonne sloths slows up growth along the Amazon

Region now lacking the fertilising effect provided by South America's distinctive 'mega-fauna' - which has led to a serious imbalance of soil minerals

One Minute With: Brian Thompson, autobiographer

Where are you now and what can you see?

Pet food giant under fire over bear-baiting sponsorship

Animal welfare campaigners uncover evidence that Mars subsidiary Royal Canin sponsored illegal contest in Ukraine, where dogs were set on bears

Video footage shows Digg founder and internet entrepreneur Kevin Rose rescuing pet dog 'Toaster' from rampaging raccoon

Footage has been viewed over 2.5m times on YouTube since it was posted

Eye contact: Predators in the Pyrenees?
Bovine TB has risen dramatically over the past few decades and badgers have been implicated in the rapid spread of the disease

As well as cull, contraceptives lined up for badgers in battle against farm TB

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson pledged to eradicate disease from English cattle within 25 years

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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

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