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Scientists to explore the legend of the Loch Ness Monster

DNA study will look at what lives in the UK’s largest freshwater body
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Chatter box Vets have saved a tiny Humboldt penguin chick after her egg was accidentally broken by her parents. Keepers at ZSL London Zoo were shocked to find the chick, named Rainbow, still alive and rushed her straight to the Zoo’s on-site veterinary clinic.

It was a little way to go until the chick should have hatched, so the process was touch and go. Vets removed bits of shell from around the chick with tweezers until she could be lifted out and placed in a makeshift nest.

Rainbow is now in a custom-built incubation room where she spends her days cuddled up to a toy penguin. Keepers will hand-fed Rainbow for the next 10 weeks until she is healthy enough to move to the penguin nursery.  Chatter box

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Exotic Animal News
Boehringer Ingelheim expands Metacam to guinea pigs
Boehringer Ingelheim expands Metacam to guinea pigs

Product is first in the EU for the relief of post-surgical pain
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New Caudata rules set to come into force in July
New Caudata rules set to come into force in July

Rules to prevent spread of deadly fungus amongst newts and salamanders
Vets call for exotic pet labelling scheme
Vets call for exotic pet labelling scheme

Study highlights growing problem of unwanted animals
Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia
Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia

Movement of amphibians ‘directly contributed’ to chytrid spread
Emerging pathogen found in salamanders in the EU
Emerging pathogen found in salamanders in the EU

Efsa recommendations to protect pet and wild amphibians
Charity reports rise in rats and mice at its centres
Charity reports rise in rats and mice at its centres

Would-be pet owners encouraged to consider adoption
Fumes from a fish tank hospitalise 10
Fumes from a fish tank hospitalise 10

Chemical released from coral inside the tank
US vets perform pioneering CT scan on a python
US vets perform pioneering CT scan on a python

Team had to coil 18-foot-long snake in half
Microchipping plea after two stray parrots found in Cardiff
Microchipping plea after two stray parrots found in Cardiff

Owners urged to make sure birds are fitted with a microchip or numbered ring
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BVA infographic to help shoppers understand farm assurance schemes

An infographic to help members of the public understand farm assurance schemes has been produced by the BVA. The infographic outlines BVA’s priorities for animal welfare and shows whether or not the schemes address these priorities in their standards.

BVA president John Fishwick said: “The infographic is not intended to be a league table but to allow people to understand what aspects of animal health and welfare are addressed by assurance schemes so that they can decide which scheme best aligns with their own individual preferences and priorities."

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