17 Aug 2011

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Gorilla is left unimpressed by birthday celebrations

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A gorilla was left looking unimpressed by his keeper's attempts at celebrating his 50th birthday.

Perhaps Nico – Europe's oldest silverback – was expecting a 'person-a-gram' (there'd be no point getting him a gorilla-gram, after all), but he appeared a bit fed up when he was presented with a bunch of roses by staff at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.

He took hold of the flowers and sniffed them before giving everyone an icy look that Anna Wintour would be proud

04 Aug 2011

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Football mascot gives bride away at wedding

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A woman who was marrying a big Port Vale Football Club fan decided to give him a wedding day to remember by inviting the team's mascot to give her away.

Nicola Williamson decided to do something really special for Dave Walker, so she organised for Boomer the dog to come to the ceremony and walk her down the aisle.

The guests were stunned when the massive fluffy canine appeared alongside the blushing bride, but Mr Walker told the Stoke Sentinel he was very pleased with the

01 Aug 2011

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Dog caught on video playing dead with pal

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A dog has been caught on video by its owner in a remarkable display of canine amateur dramatics.

The pooch, who is called Rosie, was first shown in the clip running around madly in a park and trying to get another dog to join in.

However, her pal isn't too keen and instead mock-bites Rosie on the neck in a display of annoyance.

Dramatic Rosie then goes stock still and collapses to the ground in a heap, with her legs sticking out for extra realism.

She stays that way

15 Jul 2011

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Would you wear dog nose jewellery?

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It's common for dog owners to want something to remember their pooch by when they are no longer with them.

A photograph printed on to a plate, for instance, or a little memorial stone in their garden.

However, trinket maker Jackie Kaufman from the US has come up with a novel way of ensuring that Fido is never forgotten – by printing his nose on jewellery.

She explained that she has been making silver charms for years using footprints, asking dog owners to send clay casts of

14 Jul 2011

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Children discover rare pink grasshoppers

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If today were April 1st, you might be forgiven for thinking this story was a hoax. After all, children once fooled Arthur Conan Doyle into thinking they had really been playing with fairies way back in 1917.

However, it appears to be true this time – two children really have found pink grasshoppers in Norfolk this week.

Noah Battelley and Meg Willis, both seven and keen hunters of minibeasts, had been out exploring Dersingham Fen when they made the remarkable discovery.

There,

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