News Rohan Glynn with his two Dalmations and German Pointer

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.

MoD forced to defend decision to put down 'Prince William' guard dogs

Ministry says it was not possible to rehome the animals

Professor Foster with his overdue library book

Professor spared £8,557 fine on library book overdue by 47 years

Academic returns work by Victorian poet that he took from Queen’s University, Belfast, in the 1960s

Left, from top: Anette Iren Johansen; the actress Nazanin Boniadi; Tom Cruise with his ex-wife Katie Holmes

I was one of women auditioned to be Tom Cruise’s wife, says former Scientologist

Norwegian woman recounts personal questions from interview

Sri Lankan police apologise for holding group wedding for their sniffer dogs

Police have apologised for holding a group wedding ceremony for sniffer dogs after the country’s Culture Minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation.

Sri Lankan police hold a pair of sniffer dogs at a

Sri Lanka police apologise for 'traditional' dog wedding

Nine pairs of police dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional weddings in the ceremony

Man arrested as campaigners prepare to disrupt badger cull

A man believed to be an anti-badger cull protester was arrested at a site belonging to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on Monday, as campaigners began gearing up for “direct action”.

Dog donates blood to save life of cat that had eaten rat poison

Domesticated double-act take nonconformist stance to inter-species relations

'The pecking dead': Panicked Russians contact authorities to report eerie behaviour of 'zombie pigeons'

Birds seem extremely lethargic and seemingly fearless

Costa Rica set to close public zoos and release the animals back into the wild

Officials plan to close the country's public zoos, open the cages where animals have been kept and release them back into the wild

Canada python deaths: Pictures show boys playing inside a snake enclosure last year

Photos have emerged of Noah and Connor Barthe cleaning out a snake cage

Rolf Harris presented long-running BBC series Animal Hospital between 1994 and 2004. He has been dropped from a similar Channel 5 programme after allegations of sex abuse.

Rolf Harris dropped from Channel 5 TV series Animal Clinic after Yewtree arrest

Rolf Harris has been dropped from Channel 5 television show Animal Clinic just days after he was arrested for the second time over allegations of sexual offences.

Criminal investigation opened into snake strangling of two Canadian boys

Police said the African rock python was being kept in the same apartment where the children were sleeping, possibly without a permit

South American Fur Seals in the wild in the Beagle Channel, near Tierra del Fuego

Zookeeper suspended over claim he punched seal

Bristol Zoo 'takes its commitment to highest standards of animal welfare seriously'

Zookeeper suspended over claim he punched seal

Bristol Zoo 'takes its commitment to highest standards of animal welfare seriously'

Horror as couple are attacked by swarm of around 30,000 bees who kill their two horses

Kristen Beauregard, 44, was stung about 200 times and her boyfriend around 50 times as the insects chased and followed them in Pantego, north Texas

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