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Hundreds of thousands of bees survive Notre Dame fire
It is thought the bees survived because they are located around 100 feet away from the main roof. (Stock photo)
Bee keeper confirms cathedral’s hives are intact 

Nearly 200,000 bees have reportedly survived the devastating fire that struck Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last week (15 April).

Cathedral bee keeper Nicolas Géant confirmed the three hives inside the building’s roof were untouched by the flames, media reports say.

The hives - which are home to around 180,000 bees in total - are located on a lower roof atop the first floor.

In the few days after the fire, which took down the cathedral’s spire and a large part of its roof, Mr Géant was unable to check on the bees. However, aerial photographs suggested the hives were still intact.

Urban beekeeping company Beeopic Apiculture posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday, confirming the bees were safe. It is thought they survived because they are located around 100 feet away from the main roof, which suffered substantial fire damage.

Mr Géant told CNN: “I was incredibly sad about Notre Dame because it’s such a beautiful building… But to hear there is life when it comes to the bees. That’s just wonderful.”

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zooís reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSLís EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Membersí Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Membersí Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ĎA One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asiaí. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.