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Mars Comedy Pet Photographer of the year revealed

Elke Vogelsang scooped first prize for a hilarious photo of rescue dog Noodles.
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Chatter box Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found hereChatter box

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Vets welcome proposed ban on primates as pets
Vets welcome proposed ban on primates as pets

"We​ ​must​ ​put an end to ​the​ ​keeping​ ​and trade of​ ​primates​ ​as​ ​pets" - Daniella Dos Santos
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Goby fish fins may be as sensitive as human fingertips, study suggests
Goby fish fins may be as sensitive as human fingertips, study suggests

Researchers observe how goby fish use their fins to interact with different surfaces.
Study suggests ion generators could be harmful to fish
Study suggests ion generators could be harmful to fish

Researchers conclude generators produce toxic levels of copper and zinc.
Study reveals origins of guinea pig domestication
Study reveals origins of guinea pig domestication

Researchers analyse ancient DNA from archaeological guinea pig remains.
Calls for tighter restrictions on keeping dangerous snakes as pets
Calls for tighter restrictions on keeping dangerous snakes as pets

Easy to buy, but difficult to care for
Female fish can breed new species if males are attractive enough
Female fish can breed new species if males are attractive enough

Forty new species found in single lake
Non-invasive sampling enhances reptile conservation
Non-invasive sampling enhances reptile conservation

The practical application of detection dogs and DNA analysis
Exotics vets treat 61-year-old tortoise for bladder stones
Exotics vets treat 61-year-old tortoise for bladder stones

Team removed stones without having to cut through the shell
Labour announces plans to ban pet primates
Labour announces plans to ban pet primates

Measure forms part of party's new Animal Welfare Manifesto
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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk

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