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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.

Second cat poisoned with anti-freeze in Poole street

A seven-year-old cat has died after being poisoned with anti-freeze in the same road where another cat suffered the same fate just a few months ago.

Michelangelo to embellish glorious vista

For those who sighed over Danny Boyle's version of long-lost, bucolic Britain, perhaps a visit to Goodwood is the answer. This isle's most glorious setting for a race meeting is now into its third century as a venue. And just as in 1802, when Pantagruel galloped six miles in three heats to win the first race on the third Duke of Richmond's estate atop the Sussex Downs and when peasants still wore smocks, the English Channel still shimmers silver to the south and rolling ripe cornfields glitter gold to the north.

William Buick renewed a winning partnership with Elusive Kate

Buick proves Elusive to French pursuers

A winner-finding system is always welcome and the past six weeks have produced one that has proved very nearly infallible. Of the past five fillies-only Group One races in the European calendar, John Gosden has taken four. The sequence was started by Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, followed by Izzi Top (Pretty Polly Stakes, Curragh), Great Heavens (Irish Oaks, Curragh) and completed yesterday by Elusive Kate in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville. So, presumably, look out for their stablemate The Fugue in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.

Plague victim to lose fingers

A man who spent a month in intensive care after contracting bubonic plague from a cat bite should be well enough to leave hospital within weeks, his family says.

The breeding of genetically modified animals and harmful mutants, mainly mice, accounted for 1.6 million procedures last year

40 per cent increase in animal experiments over past decade

Animal welfare charities reacted angrily to news today that the number of animal experiments rose to a record high in Britain last year.

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Tropical Storm Debby weakens, but continues to pose danger to holidaymakers

Debby, the guest that wouldn't leave, is ruining things for a lot of other visitors despite weakening to a tropical depression and leaving Florida's Gulf Coast behind.

Charities call on Londoners to help save the 'Cockney Sparra'

The chirruping of the cockney sparra was once commonplace, but now, ten years since a study found that the bird was on the verge of extinction in the capital, charities are calling on Londoners to help save it.

Man jailed for stabbing wife's cat

A drunken man who stabbed his wife's cat to death out of spite during a row has been jailed.

US man critical after contracting bubonic plague

Man contracted the disease after being bitten whilst attempting to get a mouse away from a stray cat

Mountain lions make a comeback in US

Mountain lions, or cougars, are making a big comeback in the US after a century of decline, say conservationists.

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Garage grub just got a whole lot smarter, with Shrimpy's diner at King's Cross Filling Station. 020-8880 6111, shrimpys.co.uk
Sleeping partners: Ikea's 'crash test moggy' and live prototype crowd out the humans

Move over, darling... Tiddles is here

Half the nation's pet owners encourage their animals to share their bed

Manhunt for porn star accused of dismembering ex-lover starts in France

International search on for suspect said to be behind Canadian cannibalism video circulating online

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