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Anything to declare? Hippo teeth, walrus horns, taxidermy alligators and potions made from rare orchids - UK border officials seize record number of endangered animal items

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Q. Why is it so hard to swat a housefly? A. It sees you coming in slow motion

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The News Matrix: Monday 26 August 2013

Irish Sea aftershocks could be felt for days

The eight year old boy was severely injured by an 'Alligator Snapping Turtle'

€1,000 reward as Bavarian lake drained in hunt for Lotti the vicious turtle

Floodlights, infra-red sights, rescue teams and TV crews all turn out after boy swimmer's ankle bitten 'by alligator snapping turtle'

The News Matrix: Wednesday 14 August 2013

Parents may have to pay some care costs

An alligator snapping turtle 'eats almost anything it can catch'

Hunt for lake turtle that severed swimming boy's Achilles tendon in Bavaria's Irsee lake

Alligator snapping turtle is believed to be exotic pet released into wild in Bavaria

Rebecca Armstrong's tortoise, Nimrod, hibernates annually in the fridge

Eggs, milk, butter... tortoise: What's in your fridge?

Who knew that a survey of Europe's fridges would be so fascinating? As well as shedding light on our eating habits, it also revealed the inedible things we stash in there. Medicines, nail varnish, batteries, sun lotion and glue were items that those surveyed admitted to having in their doors and drawers.

Cowes week got underway today

Cowes week off to a testing start as windy conditions hit the Solent

Sailing festival is gets underway with strong breezes catching many out

Turtle conservationist shot dead 'by poachers' on Costa Rica beach

Jairo Mora Sandoval, 26, died just weeks after posting a Facebook plea for police help with turtle-egg thieves

It's usually the sort of thing you’d expect to see at Glastonbury or Notting Hill Carnival, but is musical cycling likely to break through to the two-wheeled mainstream?

Speakers on wheels: What’s that noise? It’s the sound of cyclists

If you spend a lot of time on your bike, you might have already spotted the latest audio-cycling craze: cyclists jerry-rig a speaker system to their handlebars and take their tunes with them.

10% of British wildlife at risk of extinction as species show massive decline

Comprehensive study reveals hedgehogs, turtle doves and red squirrels among species seeing biggest falls

Postcard from Cairo: An animal tale that was turtle hokum

By its own lofty standards, it had been a relatively slow news week in Cairo.

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