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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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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 zoo’s 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 ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.