The eight adult cats and six kittens were squashed into three boxes and abandoned next to rubbish bins close to one of the RSPCA’s busiest clinics in perishing winter conditions.Luckily, a passerby heard pitiful sounds of meowing coming from crates and raised the alarm before the young cats were stricken by the cold or starved to death.The entire brood of eight adults and six kittens were crammed into two tiny cat carriers and a litter box and were struggling for space when they were saved near the RSPCA’s Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital in Holloway, London, this week.Caroline Allen, RSPCA London Veterinary Director, said: “Sadly having animals dumped near to our hospitals is nothing new."“However, this really is a large number of cats and kittens to have been left in one go.“All ar
Vets had to perform delicate surgery on 24 year western lowland gorilla Effie when her keepers realised something was wrong – she had gone off her favourite meals.Effie was on the operating table at the zoo’s on site animal hospital for more than four hours as the veterinary team removed eight inches of infected bowel.For Effie, who has a two year old baby gorilla called Gernot, it was a salutary lesson on how her notorious eating habits can be a problem.ZSL London Zoo’s profile of its famous gorilla colony singles out Effie for her love of food.The zoo explains to visitors coming to its Gorilla Kingdom said: “Effie is well-known for her huge appetite and will happily steal the other gorillas' food if no one is looking." Yet it was when 200lb Effie began shunning her close-knit family t
An animal cruelty investigation has been launched after the alpacas, famed for their endearing faces and warm fleeces suffered, horrendous injuries. One of the alpacas called Gabriella was pregnant when she was killed with blunt force trauma. A four month old animal named Ragamuffin and Pleasance were also killed.Intruders targeted the alpacas on a farm in the Chiltern Hills, carrying out the attack in the shelter so they would not be seen. Ironically, ultra alert alpacas are being kept increasingly on farms to protect livestock from foxes.Today the owners, Lesley and Andrew Sapsford, condemned the attackers and say they are fearful for their remaining 80 alpacas living on their farm in Little Kingshill, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.Mrs Sapsford said: “Somebody has purposely done th
The little lives were saved by vet Emma Owen, who operated when she realised Ruby would be unable to give birth naturally. The cat, whose Maine Coon breed is native to America, is only eight months old. Emma said: “None of the kittens were moving or had heartbeats during the surgery. “It was a great relief to find all nine survived after revival by our team of nurses and vets, who all jumped in to help.“The owner was so pleased and couldn’t believe there were so many kittens from such a small, young mother.” Monika Gorna, from Totton, Hampshire, took Ruby to the vets last month when she noticed her pet’s belly was swollen.She had no idea that Ruby was pregnant as she believed she was too young. However, an ultrasound at the Seadown Veterinary Group clinic revealed the nine kittens. She
The nine week old kitten had to have its eye removed after it was abandoned outside an animal hospital in the the dead of night.How the cat was left with its eye bloody and bulging out of the socket is unknown, but staff at the South Essex Wildlife Hospital say it should have been treated with more dignity and compassion.A receptionist found the kitten in a box next to the hospital’s front gates in the run up to Christmas. She was so badly injured that vets had to remove her left eye. Outlining their disgust over the way the kitten had been abandoned, the the wildlife hospital near Grays, Essex, released a picture of the kitten on social media and told supporters: “This does make us a bit cross. “If you want to get rid of your pet, for whatever reason, please don't leave it in a box out
Oscar, 10, had to be rushed to the PDSA’s Pet Hospital for emergency treatment. The beloved pet was given a general anaesthetic so that vets at the Blackpool branch could remove the “papier mache-like” substance that had glued his jaws shut. Vet Rachel Smith said: “Oscar was brought into us in an extremely distressed state. Chewing the leaflet had turned into a sticky wallpaperlike substance inside his mouth, which had glued his teeth together. “Once he was anaesthetised, we used our dentistry equipment to remove it from his mouth. “Thankfully he made a good recovery and he was able to go home the same day.” Owner Pat Finnerty, 55, of Blackpool, said she had gone shopping with her daughter Emily and returned home about an hour later to find Oscar in an extreme
From cats attempting to climb the fir to pooches eager to help shred the wrapping paper, these pictures capture some of the worst Christmas carnage.Decorations can be seen strewn over the floor, trees lying on the ground and presents ripped open.Raquel Leanne Brownsword's French bulldog Frankie was obviously annoyed at having his name crossed off her Christmas list for being a 'naughty boy'.A hilarious image shows a sheepish Frankie laid beside what is left of the paper list which has been torn to shreds.Lucy Riley's adorable glitter-loving pooch Olive must have thought it was his birthday. The 24-year-old from Leeds said: "She's two and a half years old and my stepdaughter was opening her Christmas gifts."Olive loves to help open gifts. “She ran off with a confetti cannon with a gift i
Winnie the border collie was heavily pregnant when she chased a rabbit under a harvesting machine on the family farm and was run over by its 4ft-wide rear wheel.Josh Sibley feared Winnie - and her puppies - were dead but she survived because the impact pinned her down into the muddy soft ground.She escaped with two popped lungs and a fractured pelvis. Incredibly, a scan at the time revealed all of her puppies had been unharmed in the ordeal.There were then concerns that Winnie wouldn't be able to give birth naturally because of her injuries but she recovered in time to deliver the six puppies Winnie is now rearing her thriving pups.Mr Sibley, 22, from Beaminster, Dorset plans to keep one of the females and will train her to help him and Winnie on the farm and the other five will be sold...
Around 60 per cent of pets will be gifted with up to three presents this year totalling an average £13 spent on each animal.This is according to a survey by OnePoll which also found one in 10 people believe their pets are more appreciate of their presents than family members.Figures show that dogs are the most likely to be treated at Christmas, with 90 percent of presents given to canine companions.Owners in the north east of England are the most generous, with 79 percent of people buying one to three presents per animal.And in Scotland 69 percent of animal owners said they would be buying at least one gift this year.In London, just 55 percent of people said they would fork out to treat their pets.But the survey did find that 90 percent of Londoners will buy their cats a gift this year.
It’s not so much that the Bard is merely a bad birdwatcher.The greatest writer in the English language stands accused of confusing the mournful duets of these phantoms of the night for the cries of forlorn single birds.His faux pas comes in the final moments of Love’s Labour’s Lost (Act 5, Scene 2) with a verse honouring the virtues of winter: “When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,“Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-whit; Tu-who’, a merry note,“While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.”A standout tome of my formative years, the Reader’s Digest Book Of British Birds, was unequivocal that Shakespeare had failed to realise that the hoots and eerie screams were two birds calling in harmony, the male hooting and, most probably, a female answering with a shrill “kee-wick”.While both sexes do ut