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Holyrood Dog of the Year crowned

Mabel beat out all her paw-litical opponents.
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Chatter box RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: "We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on minsmere@rspb.org.uk outside of these times."  Chatter box

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Exotic Animal News
RVC reveals significant new insights on hamsters
RVC reveals significant new insights on hamsters

Study finds most common disorders and average lifespan.
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Monkeypox patients urged to avoid contact with pet rodents
Monkeypox patients urged to avoid contact with pet rodents

The UKHSA has raised concerns that the virus could get into domestic animals.
Study examines risk factors to tortoises during brumation
Study examines risk factors to tortoises during brumation

Findings highlight importance of monitoring temperature and environment.
Tunnels and scent trails 'beneficial' to ferret welfare
Tunnels and scent trails 'beneficial' to ferret welfare

Study reveals best and worst types of enrichment keepers can provide.
Last reptile market in the UK loses venue
Last reptile market in the UK loses venue

Animal welfare organisations are celebrating the announcement.
FSA advises reptile owners over salmonella outbreak
FSA advises reptile owners over salmonella outbreak

A product recall has been issued, alongside general vigilance advice.
BVA highlights welfare needs of reptiles
BVA highlights welfare needs of reptiles

The #ThinkTwice campaign asks potential reptile owners to ensure they are prepared.
Goldfish receives rare surgery to save eyesight
Goldfish receives rare surgery to save eyesight

The surgery took place at McDonald Vets in Glasgow.
Exotic pets go under the spotlight at BVNA Congress
Exotic pets go under the spotlight at BVNA Congress

Danielle Beck speaks on the sustainability of keeping reptiles as pets.
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Moredun Foundation Award opens for applications

The 2022-2023 Moredun Foundation Award (MFA) is now open for members, with up to £2,000 available for successful applicants.

The MFA honours the contribution that education, teamwork, life experience, and travel have made to the understanding of cattle health and welfare. Through its charitable endeavours, Moredun offers its members the opportunity to pursue projects that support personal development.

The prize is open to a wide range of project applications, including those that include producing educational tools, conducting a small research project, or studying farming methods in other nations. For more information and to apply, visit moredun.org.uk

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