News The puma with a tranquiliser dart in its side in the Chile kitchen it wrecked

Police said animal was well cared for, suggesting it was an escaped pet or was released into wild and was trying to get home

Postcard from... Brussels

There are only a few thousand of them left in the wild and fewer in captivity, but another snow leopard was lost this week when Belgian authorities were forced to shoot one that escaped from a zoo in the east of the country.

Some lions in the zoo in 2006 - animal-rights activists have long been concerned about conditions at Giza

‘Hell for animals’: Egypt's Giza Zoo beset by tear gas, bear ‘riots’ and giraffe ‘suicide’

Animal-rights activists have long been concerned about conditions there

Indyplus Christmas campaign: Five unbelievable habits of elephants

From avenging their dead to mimicking human speech, elephants get up to all sorts of things you'd never expect

Five unbelievable habits of elephants

From avenging their dead to mimicking human speech, elephants get up to all sorts of things you'd never expect

The Barrier Reef, the world's largest living organism, has been damaged by climate change, pollution and voracious crown-of-thorns starfish

A last chance to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: Scientists launch audacious plan to create ‘fertility clinic’ to breed endangered coral

The world’s largest living organism has shrunk by about half over the past 30 years as a result of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and crown-of-thorns starfish, which prey on coral

Tiger trainer attacked: Video shows moment attack occurred in Queensland zoo

A tiger handler is being treated at hospital after he was attacked by a tiger at a zoo in Queensland, Australia.

Chester Zoo 20-centimetre tall antelope is rejected by its mother

Neo, a baby Kirk's dik-dik antelope is learning to walk on his own four feet with the help of sister Aluna

Video: Sumatran tiger cubs make first public at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington

Two cubs from highly endangered species had to pass swimming test before they could be allowed out in main enclosure

Lion kills lioness at Dallas Zoo leaving hundreds of visitors shocked

Despite living together peacefully for years, witnesses say the male lion suddenly turned on the lioness

RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley holds a seven-inch-long huntsman spider, common to Australia, which was discovered in a delivery at St Leonards-on-Sea:

Stowaway! Giant fast-moving huntsman spider with a nasty bite lands in UK

The seven-inch arachnid reached East Sussex in delivery of BMX parts from Taiwan

Edinburgh Zoo panda Tian Tian loses cub

Edinburgh Zoo insists it will press on with controversial breeding programme

London Zoo's first Sumatran tiger cub in 17 years drowns in pool

First tiger cub to be born in the zoo for 17 years just two weeks ago has drowned

Adult Supervision at London's Park Theatre

Theatre Review: Adult Supervision - A sparky play about the mixed-race middle class

It's US election night in 2008 and Natasha, a white ex-lawyer who has adopted two Ethiopian children, seizes on this as the ideal opportunity to throw a drinks party in her home for the "very small community" of other "mothers of children of colour" at their posh, fee-paying North London school.

Kanye West makes a reappearance on Jimmy Kimmel

Kanye West tells Jimmy Kimmel: 'I feel like an animal in a zoo'

West reappeared on the talk show to set the record straight with Kimmel, adding that he thought he was a "creative genius"

'It's your own fault': Tiger bites off Oklahoma zookeeper's arm

The owner of the controversial Oklahoma Zoo where the attack took place says the employee 'violated protocol' by sticking her hand inside the cage.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there