Dog owners warned they face CRACKDOWN for having dogs in cars | Nature | News

GETTY Leaving your dog in sweltering conditions can have severe consequences With Britain basking in the hottest weather of the year, the RSPCA has revealed how it faces two calls an hour about dogs at risk from deadly heatstroke. A car temperature can soar to 47C (117F) in minutes when an outside thermometer shows 22C (72F). Stroud District Council is being applauded today by animal welfare campaigners for warning how it will be take a “hard line” on dogs left in cars after finding two trapped in blazing hot conditions.…

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Britain’s ugliest dog: Balding Chase gets a modelling contract | Nature | News

Described as Britain’s ugliest dog, Chase has a cataract in one eye, is toothless and balding apart from a few grey spikes. He also walks like a crab. Named as the third ugliest dog in the world thanks to his unique looks, he has been headhunted by a model agency. Top agency Models Direct, which boasts clients including M&S, Disney, MAC make-up and Pets at Home, hopes to make Chase into a star. Professional photos show rescue dog Chase strutting his stuff by donning a leather jacket, feather boa and…

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Butterflies already in decline suffer WORST year on record | Nature | News

There were hopes that all butterflies would bounce back after the summer of 2016, the fourth worst year in 42 years of records, with many spring species emerging earlier than usual following a warm start to 2017. But a cold snap at the end of April and a gloomy wet summer hit many species which are already struggling as a result of a loss of habitat and climate change, making it the seventh worst year on record, experts said. The insects need warm, dry weather during periods when they are…

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Tortoise food: Why is my pet tortoise not interested in eating after hibernation? | Nature | News

ANSWER: Your tortoise may have post-hibernation anorexia, which is a potentially serious condition. So I strongly recommend a trip to see an experienced reptile vet. To survive hibernation tortoises need to store up food in summer. If these food stores are used up during hibernation, it can lead to an accumulation of toxic substances. Warm baths with supplements such as Reptoboost can help as they enable the tortoise to drink and encourage urination, which is essential for eliminating the toxins. Post hibernation, the correct temperature and UV light supply are…

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Endangered orangutans rescued from wooden cells in Borneo | Nature | News

One of the adorable youngsters offers his hand in greeting to a rescuer in poignant scenes filmed during the operation mounted by British-based charity, International Animal Rescue. The orangutans’ salvation comes at a time of increasing brutality being aimed at the fast-disappearing great apes. There was global outrage after two of the critically endangered primates were slaughtered in Borneo in recent weeks, the deaths coming in the wake of a major academic study warning how more than 100,000 of the island’s orangutans vanished between 1999 and 2015. IAR’s chief executive…

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GRAPHIC CONTENT: Dog dumped over wall after losing ear | Nature | News

The tragic animal had severe bite wounds from either being used to fight other dogs or bait badgers, fear animal crime investigators. A shocked householder found the stricken dog cowering in their yard after being thrown over a wall. The dog was in such a poor state when she was found dumped at the property in the centre of Macclesfield that vets fear the horrendous injury had happened weeks earlier. Because of the wounds and raging infection, it was decided to amputate the ear immediately. RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Stephen…

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