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Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.

Natalie Haynes: It's ludicrous, but we want it to be true

London Zoo is currently refurbishing a large area that backs on to Regent's Park. Where once there were camels and a pygmy hippo, now there are diggers. Recently, a sign was added, explaining that they were building the new tiger enclosure there. "Ooh, tigers next to the park," I thought, as I strode past on my way to work. Then, a moment later, "Wait, tigers next to the park?"

Couple who claim to have seen the Essex lion insist the beast is still at large

Just when you though it was safe to go back on Clacton seafront, the couple who sparked a major police hunt after spotting what they believed was a runaway lion insisted the beast was still at large.

Police at Earls Hall Farm in St Osyth this morning

Essex lion hunt called off as police search finds no evidence of big cat

Police have called off a search for a lion reportedly on the loose in Essex.

Still no sign of 'Essex lion' as police helicopter joins the hunt

Police searching for a lion in Essex said today they were taking the hunt seriously.

Report of lion on loose sparks armed police hunt

Police last night warned residents to stay indoors and deployed armed officers and a helicopter after a report that a large cat was running loose in Essex.

ASA clears RSPCA re-homing advert

An ad for the RSPCA's Home for Life service has been cleared following complaints that the charity omitted to mention that it euthanises some animals in its care.

Sex party model jailed for beating girlfriend

A male model was jailed for five years today for beating up his girlfriend after they attended an upmarket Killing Kittens sex party.

Eight-year-old boy‎ 'put cat in microwave'

The RSPCA is investigating a report that an eight-year-old boy put his neighbour's cat into a microwave oven.

LURE OF THE LEOPARD: Andrew Harrington - A young male Amur leopard, a critically endangered species, attempts to scare off a jay at a feeding station in the Russian Far East.

Battle to save wildlife with help of zoos highlighted

One of the world's largest frogs, Britain's only native crayfish and Amur leopards are among the creatures staving off extinction with the help of zoos, it was suggested today.

Scientists prove carnivore extinction theory

The extinction of a carnivore could lead to other predatory species dying out, according to new research.

Rebecca Armstrong: One small cat snuffing it has affected me deeply

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