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Orphaned otter cubs found wandering streets of Inverkeithing

Scottish SPCA cares for cubs at National Wildlife Rescue Centre.
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Chatter box Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

For more information, visit pageturnerawards.com Chatter box

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Exotic Animal News
New exotic species webinar website launched
New exotic species webinar website launched

Just Exotics aims to help professionals broaden their exotic species knowledge.
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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
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.
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
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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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