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Chief mouser Larry to remain at No. 10

Larry fans relieved as cabinet office confirms the cat will stay
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Chatter box Over 43,000 people have signed an online petition to make hedgehogs a protected species. Oliver Colvile MP, who launched the petition, has also received more than 3,000 paper signatures. But the petition closes in less than a month and it needs 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament.

Hedgehog numbers have fallen by a third in urban areas and 50 per cent in rural areas since 2000. Mr Colvile said: "Their numbers are in serious decline and it is our responsibility and duty to help reverse that in any way we can." To sign the petition, visit: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121264  Chatter box

Equine News
Koalas learn to use safe passages
Koalas learn to use safe passages

Scientists evaluate success of structures to help animals cross roads
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Male honey bees vulnerable to neonicotinoids, study finds
Male honey bees vulnerable to neonicotinoids, study finds

Impacts on males could be significant for the colony
Tooth wear study reveals feeding habits of ancient elephants
Tooth wear study reveals feeding habits of ancient elephants

PhD student samples teeth for microwear
Early human speech linked to orangutans
Early human speech linked to orangutans

Research shows orangutans' ability to learn sounds and control aspects of voice
Global charity exposes tiger 'selfie' suffering
Global charity exposes tiger 'selfie' suffering

True scale of worrying tiger tourism trend documented
RSPB withdraws from hen harrier project
RSPB withdraws from hen harrier project

Charity says licensing of grouse shooting estates is the 'only viable option'
Preferred locations for lynx reintroduction announced
Preferred locations for lynx reintroduction announced

Proposal moving to Kielder Forest and Borders area
Review supports ban on wild animals in circuses
Review supports ban on wild animals in circuses

BVA urges Welsh government to set an example
Archeologists unearth 700-year-old monkey tools
Archeologists unearth 700-year-old monkey tools

Prompts questions about monkeys' influence on humans
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Outcomes of banned substances cases

Equestrian athlete Matthias Klausener and horse Dendros have been provisionally suspended by the FEI, after samples taken from Dendros tested positive for the banned substance Demecolcine at a competitive event in Somma Lombardo.

FEI also revealed the outcomes of two other cases. It has imposed a two-year suspension on Uruguayan athlete Fernanda Villar, after samples taken from the horse LG Muneerah tested positive for sedative Guanabenz.

A two-year suspension was imposed on Iranian athlete Mohammed Davoud Shekofti, after samples from the horse Sir de Diamant tested positive for banned substance Stanozol and its metabolite 16 Beta Hydroxy-Stanozol, and controlled medication substances Flunixin and Dexamethasone.

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