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Cat with two noses found in adoption centre
Nanny McPhee's noteworthy noses are believed to be the result of a congenitial abnormality.
Nanny McPhee has already found a new home.

A four-year-old cat has amazed her carers after it was discovered that she has two noses.

Staff at Cats Protection’s adoption centre in Warrington initially thought that the homeless moggy simply had a sizeable snout, before the centre’s veterinary officer discovered that she actually had two noses.

The black-and-white cat is affectionately named Nanny McPhee, after the fictional witch with a famously deformed nose.

Nanny McPhee’s noteworthy noses are believed to be a result of a congenital abnormality developed at birth. She has not suffered any ill effects for from her unique physiognomy.

Cats Protection’s senior field veterinary office Fiona Brockbank said: “This is a real rarity and, thankfully, it isn’t causing her any problems at all. A cat with two noses is a first for us in the Field Vet team.

“Other congenital malformations within that area of a cat such as a cleft lip and cleft palate are not uncommon and can either be inherited or due to incident whilst developing in the uterus. Like all of our cats Nanny McPhee will be neutered before rehoming so any concerns about inherited problems are resolved as she won’t have kittens.”

Nanny McPhee was brought into the shelter with two other cats, after her previous owner’s ill health and financial circumstances meant they could no longer care for them.

The extraordinary feline quickly won the hearts of the staff and volunteers at the shelter, not only for her rare appearance, but also for her gentle and cuddly nature.

Her nationwide fame has meant that Nanny McPhee was quickly reserved, and will be heading off to her forever home any day now.

Image © Cats Protection

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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Sixth case of bluetongue confirmed

A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.

The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.

In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.

Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.