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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

Sometimes the bear necessities are not enough

One of the perils of filming by hidden camera is that you are often wandering around in disguise, often in a uniform of some sort, and this can lead to tricky requests from unsuspecting members of the public.

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

Lawyers warned the magazines create a degrading environment

Sales of lads’ mags could amount to sexual harassment, lawyers tell shops

Staff forced to handle such magazines could take legal action against employers

Paperback review: I Am an Executioner, By Rajesh Parameswaran

This collection of nine short stories is subtitled "Love Stories" – but the loves are of unexpected kinds.

Tim Key: 'If you don't have to tranquilise an animal to get it into your zoo it shouldn't come in'

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.

Award for Independent columnist Howard Jacobson

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.

Write on: Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson takes Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Zoo Time

Howard Jacobson has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for the second time.

Pastoral starring Anna Calder-Marshall as crazy old Moll

Theatre review: Pastoral, Soho Theatre, London

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.

Marine biology: Appeal launched to find rare Madagascan fish

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.

Chilean rose tarantula

A cure for my spider phobia? That doesn't have legs

London Zoo must immediately stop sending me emails inviting me to get up close and personal with eight-legged freaks. Otherwise known as spiders.

Ruth Padel's 'The Mara Crossing' is out now

Talks and tigers are a natural attraction

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.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Life of Pi (PG)

Ang Lee DVD/Blu-ray (127mins)

Postcard from Cairo: An animal tale that was turtle hokum

By its own lofty standards, it had been a relatively slow news week in Cairo.

Edinburgh Zoo's resident pandas Yang Guang and Tian Tian 'ready to mate'

The UK's pair of giant pandas could be put together today in the hope they will mate.

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