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

UN warns of bird flu resurgence

The United Nations today warned of a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus, saying wild bird migrations had brought it back to previously virus-free countries and that a mutant strain was spreading in Asia.

Happy Feet finally heads home

a wayward emperor penguin who found himself in the media spotlight after washing up on a New Zealand beach thousands of miles off course is finally heading home.

Maybe's Curragh cruise creates Guineas certainty

It was a rollercoaster sort of weekend in the emotion stakes. There was the crushing disappointment of the retirement from racing of Derby winner Pour Moi, injured during routine exercise in Chantilly. There was the bittersweet defeat of US star Uncle Mo, denied in the last stride at Saratoga on his comeback from a life-threatening illness. There was sheer delight as eight-year-old Marchand d'Or rolled back the years at Deauville. And even Maybe's thoroughly straightforward and professional success at the Curragh in yesterday's top contest, the Moyglare Stud Stakes, had a gut-wrenching twist to it.

Puppies need mum longer

Separating puppies from their mothers too early can lead to behavioural problems later in life, a study has found.

Becher's Brook to be tamed in bid to make Grand National safer

The most famous obstacle in horse racing is to be altered in response to the tragic and controversial scenes that tarnished the Grand National in April. By raising the landing side at Becher's Brook, Aintree racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) hope to reduce the risk to horse and rider without diluting the distinctive character of the historic fence.

Les Enfants X: denied their true identity

Campaigners are struggling desperately to change an ancient French law. Hannah Godfrey reports

Injury brings abrupt end to Canford Cliffs' career

Champion older miler's retirement kills hopes of a rematch after rout by Frankel at Goodwood

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Gosden heroic at time of despair

The horror that united the racing community at Ascot on Saturday was immediately assuaged by the knowledge that an excruciating situation could not – in the most literal sense imaginable – have been in better hands. For no more competent ambassador could have been produced from its midst, following a catastrophic injury to Rewilding, than the very man who held the doomed colt's bridle as the veterinary team raced to the emergency. And the fact that John Gosden had also saddled the winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes could only corroborate the priorities of fellowship and welfare he espoused, in effect, on behalf of every professional.

A stable recovery: Donor schemes for animals

Doctors use donor schemes to help save patients' lives. Now vets can too – and they're healing cats and dogs as well as thoroughbred horses, as Sue Corfield explains

Electric cables kill three elephants

three elephants were electrocuted in a wildlife sanctuary in northern India after they uprooted a utility pole and became caught in its 10,000-volt wires.

Farmers' call for badger cull to be approved by ministers

Ministers are poised to give the go-ahead to a widespread cull of badgers in a bid to halt the growing spread of tuberculosis in cattle – with a significant gap still remaining in the science behind the move.

First it banned plastic bags. Now San Francisco may outlaw pets

They call it the "People's Republic of San Francisco", but judging by the latest piece of landmark legislation to come before civic authorities, northern California's first city deserves a new nickname. Something along the lines of "the Animals' Republic".

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