Police said animal was well cared for, suggesting it was an escaped pet or was released into wild and was trying to get home
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Sunday 02 June 2013
Zoos are no place for ugly ducklings. Big, intelligent, good-looking animals are more likely to be found in zoos, irrespective of conservation needs, according to new research. While the red panda, big cats, elephants and giraffes are found in most zoos, there's no place for the pika, the golden mole or the rat kangaroo.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Police investigate whether human error led to the death of the 24-year-old victim
Monday 27 May 2013
Staff forced to handle such magazines could take legal action against employers
Sunday 26 May 2013
This collection of nine short stories is subtitled "Love Stories" – but the loves are of unexpected kinds.
Saturday 25 May 2013
My big brother invited me to the zoo this week so I'd have something to put in my column for The Independent. That, and also to help him look after his children. I've got two nieces and a nephew or two nephews and a niece, and I've read enough newspaper articles and Roald Dahl books over the years to know that these people need to be protected when they are near things like hippos and toucans. The last thing I want to do is make up some excuse about having to wallpaper my toilet and then later learn that my niece was pecked by a flamingo because I wasn't there.
Wednesday 15 May 2013
The Independent columnist and novelist Howard Jacobson is celebrating becoming the first writer to claim the UK's only prize for comic fiction for a second time.
Wednesday 15 May 2013
Howard Jacobson has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for the second time.
Tuesday 14 May 2013
Thomas Eccleshare’s first play won the 2011 Verity Bargate award, so named in honour of the Soho’s founding co-director, and it arrives in London from a season at the High Tide Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk (where I saw it), full of bleak poetry and hilarious stage action.
Thursday 09 May 2013
A worldwide appeal has been launched to find a mate for the last remaining males of a fish on the brink of extinction. The Mangarahara cichlid, from Madagascar, is believed to have vanished from the wild as a result of the building of dams on the Mangarahara River.
Monday 06 May 2013
London Zoo must immediately stop sending me emails inviting me to get up close and personal with eight-legged freaks. Otherwise known as spiders.
Friday 03 May 2013
My book on migration, The Mara Crossing, took seven years. I put the birds and animals first, so their dangerous journeys could show that the drive to find better living conditions is universal and that human migration, a burning political topic everywhere today, is as natural as that of animals. Both are done to survive, both are part of the self-renewing nature of all life.
Friday 03 May 2013
Ang Lee DVD/Blu-ray (127mins)
Monday 29 April 2013
By its own lofty standards, it had been a relatively slow news week in Cairo.
Even the love tunnel couldn’t get Tian Tian in the mood – and so the scientists intervened to artificially inseminate UK's only female giant panda at Edinburgh zoo
Sunday 21 April 2013
Panda experts say Tian Tian was showing signs that were not 'conducive to mating'
Tuesday 16 April 2013
The UK's pair of giant pandas could be put together today in the hope they will mate.
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