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Lost canary nicknamed after Boris Johnson

RSPCA seeking owner of bird that resembles new PM
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Chatter box 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  Chatter box

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Equine News
Public urged to look out for hedgehogs seen in daylight
Public urged to look out for hedgehogs seen in daylight

Charity issues plea to rescue struggling hedgehogs
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Study sheds light on why some grey squirrels are black
Study sheds light on why some grey squirrels are black

Findings point to faulty pigment gene obtained from fox squirrels
Labour calls for review of ‘driven’ grouse shooting
Labour calls for review of ‘driven’ grouse shooting

Review ‘should look at alternatives and environmental impacts’
Record breeding year for hen harriers
Record breeding year for hen harriers

Total of 81 fledged chicks in two years
British Airways announces launch of new animal welfare policy
British Airways announces launch of new animal welfare policy

Captive wild animal attractions removed from website
Ban on metaldehyde slug pellets overturned
Ban on metaldehyde slug pellets overturned

Wildlife organisations dismayed by the news
Rising ivory prices could lead to more elephant poaching
Rising ivory prices could lead to more elephant poaching

Analysis of ivory market values reveals major threat
‘Relief’ as circus bill passes final reading
‘Relief’ as circus bill passes final reading

Wild animals to be banned in circuses from 2020
Victory for hedgehog highway campaign
Victory for hedgehog highway campaign

New build houses ‘should have wildlife-friendly features’
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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.

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