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Is your cat a Gryffinclaw or a Snifferin?
'We thought it was about time that our feline friends had their own school of witchcraft and wizardry.’
Cats Protection creates Harry Potter inspired Sorting Hat for cats

Harry Potter fans can now find out whether their pet cat is a ‘Gryffinclaw’ or a ‘Hufflepuss’, as the charity Cats Protection has created its own version of the Sorting Hat.

The charity says: ‘From Hermione’s faithful moggy Crookshanks, to Professor McGonagall’s tabby animals, there are many felines roaming the halls of Hogwarts. Therefore, we thought it was about time that our feline friends had their own school of witchcraft and wizardry.’

Each house has been given its own personality profile, for example Hufflepuss is for felines who are sleepy, friendly and calm by nature, while those in Gryffinclaw are loyal, affectionate and love to go on adventures - whether its climbing on the furniture or chasing a catnip mouse around at 5am.

Meanwhile, Ravenpaws are intelligent, vocal and active, able to work out exactly when their next meal is due. Finally, Snifferins are energetic, playful and curious at heart, always sniffing out new places to explore and pouncing on anything that moves.

A poll on the charity’s twitter page suggests Gryffinclaw is the most popular house, with 30 per cent of cat owners saying their pet is most suited to this house. Close second is Hufflepuss (28 per cent), followed by Ravenpaw (22 per cent) and Snifferin (20 per cent).

The charity says acceptance letters for ‘Mogwarts’ will be delivered by owl to moggies around the world.

Image © Cats Protection 

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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BEVA survey seeks views about antibiotic use in horses

Equine vets are being invited to participate in a BEVA survey that aims to find out more about antimicrobial resistance in equine veterinary practice.

Designed by researchers at the University of Liverpool and incoming BEVA president Tim Mair, the survey aims to fill gaps in knowledge about how antimicrobials are being used in equine practice and the landscape of resistant infections encountered in equine practice.

Researchers hope the results will lead to a greater understanding of the role of antimicrobial treatment and antimicrobial resistance in horses and protect antibiotics for the future of equine and human health.