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New species of frog quacks like a duck
The new species has been found in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Scientists made the discovery in north eastern India.

A new species of frog which makes a sound like a duck quacking has been discovered in India.

The frog was found in Arunachal Pradesh, India by scientists from the University of Wolverhampton and the Wildlife Institute of India.

Dr Deepak Veerappan, a herpetologist at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Initially we first heard the call from a marsh near the Noa-Dihing river, which is quite similar to wild duck species, like ‘quack… quack… quack,’ which we never heard before.”

The researchers later found more examples of the species in the marshy habitat around Glaw Lake.

The frog has been named the Noa-Dihing music frog (Nidirana noadihing) after a local river. It has a cream-coloured mid-dorsal line from its snout tip to its vent and can grow up to six centimetres in length.

The discovery marked the third new amphibian to be found in the Namdapha-Kamlang area in the same year.

Dr Veerappan, added: “As the new species inhabits swampy areas, conservation of such habitats inside the protected area and its surrounding is crucial.

“The addition of three new species of amphibians within one year underscore the biological richness of the region and flag the need for further exploration in hyper diverse Namdapha-Kamlang landscape.”

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.