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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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Spider adapted to life on space station

After a space voyage of almost 42 million miles, Nefertiti the "Jumping Johnson" spider landed at the Smithsonian's Insect Zoo at the National Museum of Natural History last week.

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The 10 Best slippers

Don’t turn the heating up – pop on a pair of slippers and keep your feet warmer than toast this winter

Why there's no such thing as a good zoo

The alleged abuse of elephants at Twycross Zoo should make us consider once more the role zoos play in animal conservation

Looking glum? This young chimp faces the same emotional slump in middle age as humans

No Ferrari, just a new banana: apes have mid-life crises too

Study shows chimpanzees and orang-utans share same emotional slump in middle age as humans

The pachyderm Picasso? Elephant causes a stampede on the abstract art scene

They have a fantastic memory, are rumoured to be scared of mice (the truth is that ants actually bother them more) and frequently remain unmentioned in rooms across the land - but are elephants any good at art?

Police investigate baseball cap clue after monkey is beaten to death at zoo in Idaho

Police are hoping that a baseball cap found inside a US zoo will help them track down the suspects in the beating death of a monkey.

The jaguar is one eight endangered species that could be cloned

Endangered animal species may be cloned

Endangered animals in Brazil may be cloned to help ensure their survival, if plans by Brazilian genetic researchers go ahead.

This weekend's viewing: Attenborough's Ark, Friday, BBC2; Homeland, Sunday, Channel 4

Not all endangered species stir affection in us, but there's absolutely no doubting that this one does: Attenborough Avuncularis, the silverback of natural-history television, now celebrating an astonishing 60 years on screen. For most viewers, his image is as closely associated with public-service broadcasting excellence as the panda's is with the World Wildlife Fund – he's a kind of living logo of high-minded pleasure. But the natural habitat for this kind of broadcaster may be shrinking and he has no obvious successor. As a result, you watch every programme with an odd feeling of premonitory nostalgia, wistful at the thought that he won't be around for ever.

Toddler mauled to death by dogs after mother dangled him over the zoo railings

A two-year-old boy visiting Pittsburgh zoo was killed yesterday when he fell off a railing that his mother had put him on top of to view a pack of African painted dogs.

Postcard from... Berlin

Berlin likes to honour its animal legends. Knautschke was the name of the city's beloved hippopotamus – a brave creature born in Berlin's zoo at the height of the Second World War, he survived the trauma of the Allied air raids which killed his mother.

Horror as toddler mauled to death after mother balanced him on railing above wild dog enclosure at zoo

The boy, who was visiting the zoo with his mother and friends, fell about 14 feet into an exhibit that's home to a pack of African painted dogs

Look who's talking now...First it was the whale that said 'get out', now it's the elephant that says 'sit down'

Scientists discover elephant has the comparatively extensive vocabulary of five Korean words

The 10 Best puzzles and games

Cool, fun, silly and educational – here’s our pick of the finest distractions for children. No screens required...

Southern beauty: sunrise over Adelaide

Adelaide: A city of grids and gardens in South Australia

The state capital fully justifies its reputation for enlightened elegance

The News Matrix: Saturday 27 October 2012

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable