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Chief mouser Larry to remain at No. 10

Larry fans relieved as cabinet office confirms the cat will stay
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Chatter box Over 43,000 people have signed an online petition to make hedgehogs a protected species. Oliver Colvile MP, who launched the petition, has also received more than 3,000 paper signatures. But the petition closes in less than a month and it needs 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament.

Hedgehog numbers have fallen by a third in urban areas and 50 per cent in rural areas since 2000. Mr Colvile said: "Their numbers are in serious decline and it is our responsibility and duty to help reverse that in any way we can." To sign the petition, visit: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121264  Chatter box

Exotic Animal News
Buzzards left in a cage outside wildlife centre
Buzzards left in a cage outside wildlife centre

Scottish SPCA appealing for information
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Exotics centre inundated with reptiles
Exotics centre inundated with reptiles

Around 50 snakes admitted to RSPCA Brighton
Parrot and songbird brains 'contain more neurons than primates'
Parrot and songbird brains 'contain more neurons than primates'

Study explores cognitive abilities of some bird species
Injured tortoise receives 3D printed shell
Injured tortoise receives 3D printed shell

Prosthetic shell created for Fred by Brazilian team
'Thousands of wild animals kept in UK homes'
'Thousands of wild animals kept in UK homes'

RSPCA says the findings are "deeply concerning"
RSPCA predicts spike in 'forgotten fish'
RSPCA predicts spike in 'forgotten fish'

Animal charity publishes a fish care sheet
Lizards and humans 'share sleep patterns'
Lizards and humans 'share sleep patterns'

REM and slow wave sleep could date back 230 million years
Study reveals 'elastic' secrets of chameleon's tongue
Study reveals 'elastic' secrets of chameleon's tongue

Findings may benefit the field of biomimetrics
RCVS honours vet's commitment to fish welfare
RCVS honours vet's commitment to fish welfare

Prof Richards praised for his contributions to aquaculture
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Outcomes of banned substances cases

Equestrian athlete Matthias Klausener and horse Dendros have been provisionally suspended by the FEI, after samples taken from Dendros tested positive for the banned substance Demecolcine at a competitive event in Somma Lombardo.

FEI also revealed the outcomes of two other cases. It has imposed a two-year suspension on Uruguayan athlete Fernanda Villar, after samples taken from the horse LG Muneerah tested positive for sedative Guanabenz.

A two-year suspension was imposed on Iranian athlete Mohammed Davoud Shekofti, after samples from the horse Sir de Diamant tested positive for banned substance Stanozol and its metabolite 16 Beta Hydroxy-Stanozol, and controlled medication substances Flunixin and Dexamethasone.

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