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African spotted genet found at depot
spotted genet
Vets identified the exotic animal as a spotted genet, native to Africa.

Exotic pet travelled 120 miles in 18 days

An African spotted genet found curled up in a tyre at a Milton Keynes depot has been reunited with its owner.

Two workers at the city’s Mercedes Benz depot discovered the animal and took it to local vets, fearing it may have hitched a ride on a foreign delivery truck, according to MKCitizen.

Vets identified the animal as a spotted genet, a carnivore that is native to more than 25 African countries. As they were initially unable to locate a microchip, Vets4Pets Milton Keynes posted an appeal for information on their Facebook page.

Staff at the practice were shocked to discover the genet’s owner lived in Brighton, meaning it had travelled around 120 miles in 18 days. It is thought it may have been stolen and later escaped.

According to MKCitizen, vets eventually found a microchip that had migrated near to the genet’s tail, which proved its ownership.

Owner Kyle Watson told BBC News the two-year-old animal - named Kamarla - had been eating “non-stop” since returning home.

Image © Vets4Pets

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Mission Rabies 2017 off to a great start

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 More than 4,500 dogs have been vaccinated against rabies in one of the first major drives of 2017.

It took just two weeks in January for Mission Rabies to vaccinate 4,575 dogs in the Meru district of Tanzania.

The team set-up vaccination points across the district and followed-up with door-to-door work, checking vaccination cards and giving vaccines to any dogs that had been missed.

Overall, the charity reached 75 per cent of the local dog population, smashing last year's total and comfortably above the required 70 per cent.  

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A leading scientist at The Pirbright Institute has been honoured by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a 2017-2018 AAAS Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow.

Dr Anthony Wilson, group leader for integrative entomology at Pirbright, was chosen from a large number of international applicants, together with 14 other infectious disease researchers from around the world.

In selecting the new Public Engagement Fellows, the AAAS said they had demonstrated, "...leadership and excellence in their research careers and interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society".