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Labra-lion? Panicked Virginia residents call 911 after mistaking shaved Labradoodle for a lion

One is a fierce merciless killing machine - known as the 'king of the jungle', the other is a cute hybrid of two of the softer breeds of domestic dog. Difficult to confuse you might think.

'It's tough to find out who's responsible for the action as the cat doesn't speak': Feline caught sneaking saw and phone into Brazilian prison

A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was “detained” as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported today.

Cat-themed cafes began in Taiwan and took off a decade ago in Japan’s crowded cities

Cat cafés. Big in Japan. Coming to Britain

Will £7-an-hour cuddles and soft drinks catch on as life makes it less practical to keep pets?

Cats killed in Cannock cattery fire

Two cats are confirmed dead and at least 18 unaccounted for after a blaze ripped through a cattery, firefighters said today.

Can Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium become Britain's first cat café?

A bid to crowd-fund an eaterie where people can enjoy tea and cuddles with cats is gathering momentum

In Illinois there is now a ban on sex offenders from dressing up as Santa during festive celebrations

No more Santa costumes or shark fins: Weird US laws come into force

The budget laws that threatened the US with billions in tax hikes weren’t the only ones that were due to come into force in the new year, with some 400 state and local measures ranging from the sensible to (at first glance) the sublimely ridiculous also taking effect on 1 January.

'Vocal' chicken saves couple from house fire

An American couple escaped a house blaze after their pet chicken alerted them to the fire.

Scottish wildcat

'2013 will decide whether the Scottish wildcat lives or dies': Highland tiger on its last legs following persecution by gamekeepers and interbreeding with domestic cats

Control by gamekeepers and interbreeding with domestic cats means an historic species is dying

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An online forum for a uniquely British form of moaning has gone viral in the US. Liam O'Brien celebrates

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