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Boris Johnson has confessed that he came close to committing a gross injustice that would have involved innocent creatures being blasted to death at gunpoint – and all over an anonymous cat

Andy McSmith's Diary: Boris Johnson owes the fox community an apology

Boris Johnson has confessed that he came close to committing a gross injustice that would have involved innocent creatures being blasted to death at gunpoint – and all over an anonymous cat. The Mayor of London was speaking at a debate hosted by the radio station LBC, for whom he will host a new phone-in starting on 2 July.

Gloucestershire farmer Jan Rowe on his farm near Cheltenham

Badger cull: Companies and marksmen in shoot have their identities protected amid fear of reprisal from opponents

The farmers and marksmen involved in the badger culls are so fearful of reprisals from opponents of the trial that they are being protected by an iron cloak of anonymity, according to the director of the company running the programme in Gloucestershire.

Explosive device removed by Northern Ireland police investigating attempted murders

What is believed to be a bomb found by police investigating the attempt to murder three officers in West Belfast has been taken away, police said.

Alexander James: Watery works and winged wonders make for a natural attraction

Alexander James: Watery works and winged wonders make for a natural attraction

Alexander James specialises in submerging sculptural installations underwater and photographing them (without digital enhancement). He works with a South American butterfly (Caligo eurilochus) that falls into a coma when the temperature drops.

Katie Walsh: Jockey pulled up Battlefront during the Fox Hunters’ Chase yesterday

Aintree: Tragedy hits Grand National meet as Katie Walsh's mount dies

Battlefront collapses after being pulled up during race over controversial big fences of Aintree course

Food chain in disarray after changes in voles' boom-and-bust breeding cycle

A small, brown rodent that is a staple source of food for a range of iconic species – from the barn owl to the Arctic fox – has undergone a dramatic and perplexing change in the way it breeds, scientist have found.

Google fined $7m for Street View snooping

Google has acknowledged that it violated people’s privacy by "snooping" on personal data via wi-fi during its Street View mapping project.

Hedgehogs: Nocturnal ramblings hold few fears for this well-known forager. Terraced gardens have proved to be ideal feeding grounds, far from the peril of roads. They are especially attractive in the middle of the night when the threat of pet dogs is reduced and the hedgehog can concentrate on the important business of snaffling worms and beetles.

Why did the hedgehog NOT cross the road? Because it had adapted its behaviour in order to thrive in a threatening man-made environment

The animals that share our cities are finding ways to prosper from urban living that would leave their country cousins baffled

Woese in 1961 with a model of the ribonucleic acid chain

Professor Carl Woese: Scientist whose work revealed the 'third domain' of life

Carl Woese was a biophysicist and microbiologist who uncovered the "third domain" of life, with the detection of archaea. In doing so he redrew the taxonomic tree and proved that all life on Earth is related.

Megan Fox is to star in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake

Cowabunga dudes! Megan Fox cast in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

She called him “Napoleon” and “a nightmare to work for” and his associates called her “dumb” but Hollywood director Michael Bay and Megan Fox seem to have buried the hatchet and are set collaborate again on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

'One of the most significant findings of the last 100 years': Artefacts discovered on Dartmoor hint at ancient trading links

Discovery gives archaeologists an insight into the lives of people who lived on the rugged south western moorland  4,000 years ago

Plans to stop dog attacks 'inadequate'

Action to stop dog attacks has “comprehensively failed” despite seven people being  savaged to death since 2007, a committee of MPs has said.

Neither cuddly, nor evil – why do foxes makes fools of us all?

Our common sense about foxes has been eroded by the fantasies of film - it is time for some sanity to return to the debate

Boris Johnson bays for the foxes' blood after attack on bedroom baby

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, gave notice today that he is out to end the “growing menace” of the urban fox after a young baby was attacked in his home in the capital, losing a finger.

Editorial: They're not all as friendly as Basil Brush

It will not be much consolation to the family concerned to know that it is highly unusual for a fox to attack a small child in its cot. Nor should outsiders be too censorious about people living in suburbs close to the countryside who leave a door or a window open. Nowadays foxes are routinely spotted in city centres, trying their luck at half-open rubbish bins or just taking a stroll, and there is a reason why they have the reputation of being cunning.

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