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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

Equine News
Three cases of rare cattle fever confirmed
Three cases of rare cattle fever confirmed

Cattle that co-graze with sheep are 'most at risk'
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Scotland to apply for upgrade in BSE status
Scotland to apply for upgrade in BSE status

'Negligible risk' status could create new export opportunities
Velactis: vets urged to report adverse events
Velactis: vets urged to report adverse events

Distribution stopped pending outcome of investigations
Drop in Welsh herds under TB restrictions
Drop in Welsh herds under TB restrictions

Data demonstrates progress being made to eradicate TB in Wales
MCR-1 thought to be 'circulating' in the US
MCR-1 thought to be 'circulating' in the US

Second pig sample found to contain colistin-resistant bacteria
France reports 13 new outbreaks of BTV-8
France reports 13 new outbreaks of BTV-8

Risk to the UK will rise as daily temperatures increase - Defra
Faster diagnosis for oedema disease a possibility
Faster diagnosis for oedema disease a possibility

Scientists trial PCR test on pig faeces
H7N9 detected at Hong Kong poultry stall
H7N9 detected at Hong Kong poultry stall

Authorities cull thousands of birds
BTV: clarity needed over vaccine price
BTV: clarity needed over vaccine price

Vets and farmers welcome vaccine availability
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News Shorts
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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