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Battersea celebrates 20 years of Friends
Six German shepherd puppies in Central Perk
The eight-week old puppies are named Ross, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe .

Charity names six German shepherd puppies after characters from the successful sitcom

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the hit TV series Friends, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have named six German shepherd puppies after the show's much-loved characters.

One of the most successful programmes ever produced, Friends first appeared on our screens back in September 1994. The eight-week old puppies, named Ross, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe, have been spending time at their very own Central Bark.

On Sunday September 7, the six puppies will join thousands of Battersea dogs past and present in Battersea Park, London, for the charity's annual reunion and fun day.

The event, set to reunite both two legged and four legged companions, celebrates man's best friend. Thousands of owners and their dogs are expected to attend the free family fun day, which is open to all dogs - not just ex-Battersea residents. Organisers say that the event will provide an opportunity for Battersea supporters and their dogs to get together, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home aims never to turn aways a dog or cat in need of help. Since the charity was established in 1860, Battersea has rescued, reunited an rehoused over 3.1 million cats and dogs.

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.