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Chatter box Whipsnade Zoo are celebrating the arrival of Four West African dwarf crocodiles - the first to hatch in 18 years!

Zookeepers say the reptiles, which measure just eight inches long, are already exploring their tropical enclosure and pool within the Zoo's Butterfly House.

Classified as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the crocs will be added to the European Studbook (ESB) for West African dwarf crocodiles.  Chatter box

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Endurance horses tests positive for banned substance

The FEI has provisionally suspended athlete Nayef Al Fayez for two months following the discovery of a banned substance in his horse.

Samples taken from endurance horse Obama Al Aswad returned positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, as well as three other controlled medications.

The horse, who finished second place at a race in May, has also been provisionally suspended for a two-month period.

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