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Twitter gripped by adventurous racoon
A racoon became an internet sensation after scaling a 20+ floor skyscraper.
Animal goes viral after climbing a Minnesota skyscraper

Twitter users were gripped yesterday (13 June) by an unlikely critter that found himself scaling the wall of a skyscraper.

US news and media outlets followed a brave racoon as he climbed the 20+ storey high UBS Plaza in St Paul, Minnesota. But halfway up he found himself stranded without any food and water.

Tweets flooded in from across the world, cheering the racoon along and hailing it a ‘hero’. Thankfully, the animal made its way to the top and was rescued by animal welfare.

Initial reports of the racoon emerged on Tuesday morning when it was just a few stories high. The world followed its journey using the hashtag #MPRracoon after the radio station documenting its journey.

Journalists Evan Frost and Tim Nelson from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) told the BBC that an initial rescue attempt had been made by two workers. Using wooden planks, the workers tried to make a ladder, but this just scared the animal further up the building.

"It was heartbreaking to see yesterday," Tim Nelson told the BBC. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".

Racoons are common throughout the United States and can be found in forests, marshes, prairies and cites. Like humans, they have five fingers and can use their hands as tools to gather food and break into rubbish bins.


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Amur leopard cubs caught on camera

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 A pair of Amur leopards have been captured on camera for the first time since their birth. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland announced the birth in July, but with human presence being kept to a minimum, it was not known how many cubs had been born.

Motion sensitive cameras have now revealed that two cubs emerged from the den - at least one of which may be released into the wild in Russia within the next two or three years. The Amur leopard habitat is not open to the public, to help ensure the cubs retain their wild instincts and behaviour. Image © RZSS 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from