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

Tourists warned after French woman and her dog are attacked by gang of six feral cats

It's thought the attack may be related to the high summer temperatures perhaps making the cats more aggressive than usual

Scientists discover what triggers allergic reactions to cats

Research conducted by a University of Cambridge team expands the possibility of creating preventative medicines

‘Doped’ cows trample rest of the field in controversy at Great Yorkshire Show

What do cyclist Lance Armstrong, the record-breaking sprinter Ben Johnson and the prize-winning dairy cows of Yorkshire have in common? The connection sounds unlikely, but they’ve all been accused of using banned substances to lay waste to the competition in their fields.

From armed rebels to government officials: First Sudanese MBA student receives AMBA's top honour

Student of the year Husameldin Elnasri speaks about his experiences at Lancaster University and the hopes he has for his homeland Sudan

Mizzy the massive mastiff takes on rotund rabbit and corpulent cat for diet challenge

Five-year-old dog weighs more than the average UK woman

Andy McSmith's Diary: Dear Leader Dave dips his toe into the macho political pool

By taking a 6am dip in the chilly waters of Lough Erne, accompanied by a reluctant police protection officer, while the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stayed in bed, David Cameron has joined the macho band of political leaders who have sought to reinforce their authority with displays of physical fitness.

Pedang, a male Sumatran tiger, who is 14-years old and suffering from chronic ear infections, is given acupuncture treatment at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo near Tel Aviv

Pedang gets the holistic approach - but would you give a Sumatran tiger acupuncture?

Pedang, a male Sumatran tiger, who is 14-years old and  suffering from chronic ear infections, was given acupuncture treatment at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo near Tel Aviv.

Kentucky Derby winner Orb is one of the favourites for today’s Belmont Stakes in New York

Sun Central has the pedigree to shine over longer trip

Between Epsom last weekend, and Royal Ascot on Tuesday week, an inevitable suspension of quality today produces one of the quieter Saturdays in the calendar.

Brian May joins a march against the badger cull plans last week

Vets say their professional body was wrong to support Government badger cull

Veterinary Association accused of being too close to farmers in letter to The Independent

Badger activists demonstrate on the London Underground

There is no alternative, chief scientist tells badger protesters, as cull begins

Those who are opposed to the shooting ‘need to come up with some viable alternative'

Respecting animals’ capabilities is the No 1 rule

My job is to ensure the cats have everything they need, from a good enclosure to fresh meat.

Hairy moment for tiger Ty as football-sized furball is removed from his stomach

A cat getting a hairball is not usually a life-threatening situation, unless the cat in question is a 27-stone Serbian tiger, and this particular hairball is the size of a football.

Jade Dernbach celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Denly

Surrey 338 Middlesex 161-9 match report: Dernbach impresses Andy Flower to leave Middlesex in trouble

On a day that ultimately belonged to Surrey, Andy Flower was in attendance to cast an intense eye over two England fast bowlers representing both sides of the Thames.

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of avian influenza A H5N1 viruses (seen in gold) grown in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells (seen in green)

'Appalling irresponsibility': Senior scientists attack Chinese researchers for creating new strains of influenza virus in veterinary laboratory

Experts warn of danger that the new viral strains created by mixing bird-flu virus with human influenza could escape from the laboratory to cause a global pandemic killing millions of people.

The British Horseracing Authority depicted and dismissed Mahmood al-Zarooni as such a flagrant aberration that he could barely be sane

Chris McGrath: As long as horses have vets, and vets have syringes, zero tolerance has zero credibility

Mahmood al-Zarooni himself would not have been in breach of the rules in Australia, home of a series of powerfully built Royal Ascot raiders in recent seasons

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