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A pleasant day out to a wildlife park reportedly turned sour when a visitor was accused of assaulting a man and threatening him with a knife – apparently because it was his turn to pat the koalas.

Circus animal ban should be watered down to exclude raccoons and others

Snakes, zebras, camels, raccoons and reindeers should be excluded from circus animal ban, say MPs

Government proposals to ban all wild animals from travelling circuses should be watered down to allow zebras, camels, reindeer and snakes to stay on the road, MPs have recommended.

Teenage girl hospitalised after being mauled while trying to kiss a lion through bars of cage

Duma had been rubbing his face against the cage when Lauren Fagen decided to kiss his fur

Hunting fears as rare golden eagles vanish in Scotland’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’

‘Highly suspicious’ disappearance of prized raptors prompts new legal measures

Spot the birdie - a well-camouflaged nightjar

That's in-app-ropriate! Nature reserve tells twitchers to stop using apps that mimic birdsong

The sound diverts them from the business of nesting

MP Tom Harris quits frontbench for family

Labour MP Tom Harris has quit the frontbench - saying he was unable to juggle the responsibility with his family life.

Concerns raised over 'cruel' badger cull

Concerns have been raised about the suffering of badgers in the forthcoming pilot culls, after official documents were released detailing how welfare impacts will be assessed.

Lydd Airport (also known as London Ashford Airport) had fewer than 500 passengers in 2011

Airport expansion on ‘vital’ nature reserve to be challenged in court

RSPB and locals will fight to protect marsh used by migratory birds at Dungeness

Sarah McClay died when she was attacked by a tiger at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Cumbria

Zoo keeper, Sarah McClay, was killed by tiger after door was left ‘wide open’

Police investigate whether human error led to the death of the 24-year-old victim

Sarah McClay, who died on Friday after being mauled by a tiger at South Lakes Wild Animal Park

Mystery over keeper’s death in tiger cage

Owner tells of frantic attempt at rescue as police investigate technical fault or human error at zoo

48 rescued as tourist boat runs aground of Welsh coast

Forty eight people have been rescued from a passenger boat after it hit a rock on a Welsh island this afternoon, coastguards said.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park, in Dalton-in-Furness

Zookeeper Sarah McClay dies after being mauled by tiger at Cumbria animal park

24-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to Preston Royal Infirmary

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

Nnow and then: The Mucking landfill site (top) is now a nature park, with a visitor centre (bottom)

Where there's Mucking, there's grass: For 50 years an old quarry was a giant rubbish dump. Now it's a thriving nature reserve

An Essex landfill site which once took 15 per cent of all London's rubbish has been ingeniously transformed into a nature reserve. The tip, full to a depth of 30 metres with the capital's garbage, was first covered with earth and then turned into grassland. Here, and in adjacent wetland and wooded areas, hundreds of rare species now thrive.

Cameron now mulling over a U-turn on Heathrow and the possibility of a third runway

'It would be cheaper to move London slightly to the east': Boris Johnson attacks Heathrow plans and defends proposal for 'Boris Island'

Mr Johnson was responding to the findings of an influential House of Commons committee that said the idea should be ditched

TV naturalist Chris Packham who says he leaves people baffled because they expect him to turn up to functions naked - after confusing him for a naturist.

TV naturalist Chris Packham: 'People expect me to turn up naked'

TV naturalist Chris Packham says he leaves people baffled because they expect him to turn up to functions naked - after confusing him for a naturist.

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