Freida Pinto And Dev Patel Make A Fierce Friend

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While enjoying a getaway to San Diego together, Slumdog Millionaire stars — and sweethearts! — Freida Pinto and Dev Patel had quite the animal adventure. The two visited the famed San Diego Zoo last week, where they met resident ocelot Diego (above). They also played with a prehensile-tailed porcupine named Icana — and even fed the prickly guy some treats!

The couple continued their animal adventures at SeaWorld, where they made a last-minute visit Friday to check out the Shamu show, “Believe.” Pinto and Patel spent the rest of their weekend looking cozy at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel, where they arrived “wrapped arm in arm” and dined at Nobu. Sadly, they had to say good-bye to sunny SoCal, and touched down in London on Thursday morning.

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Dogs Breed From Mating Of Close Relatives Should Be Banned

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Puppies who have been bred from the mating of close relatives should be banned to safeguard the welfare of pedigree dogs, according to the RSPCA. A new report argues that urgent action is needed as exaggerated physical features and inherited diseases that result from in-breeding cause serious welfare problems in pedigree dogs.

It comes as the Kennel Club last month announced it would change “unhealthy” breeding rules which have led to this year’s Crufts being dropped by the BBC, the first time the event has not been televised in 40 years. The Kennel Club recently announced it will no longer register puppies whose parents are closely related. However they define close relative matings as between mother and son, father or daughter or brother and sister.

The authors of the RSPCA’s report went one step further and recommended grandparents and offspring and half siblings should no longer be mated.
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Paris Hilton Asks Twitter Fans To Name Her New Parrot

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Another week, another new pet for Paris Hilton. The animal lover shared a Twitpic of her newest addition, an African grey parrot who needs a name.”Anyone have a great name idea?” Hilton wrote. Her boyfriend, Doug Reinhardt, apparently had a suggestion.

“Doug names the parrot Hank. haha. What do you guys think of the name? I think it’s funny and cute :),” she Tweeted later.

The parrot is the latest animal to join Hilton’s menagerie. In October, she adopted a mini-pig named Miss Pigelette. In July, she adopted a kitten that she named Princess Annabelle. Over the summer she told about her pup mansion, which is home to dogs Tinkerbell, Marilyn Monroe, Prince Baby Bear, Harajuku, Dolce and Prada


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Lucky, The World's Oldest Sheep, Dies

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Lucky, the world’s oldest sheep, has died after succumbing to the effects of a heatwave in southern Australia. The 23-year-old ewe, recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, died peacefully on her farm at Lake Bolac, 57 miles west of Melbourne, after a short illness. Lucky’s owner Delrae Westgarth says her beloved sheep had found the recent hot weather in Victoria hard to endure.”It’s a relief,” said Mrs Westgarth. “She was good up to that first lot of heatwaves we had. But she went downhill a bit from then.” The Westgarths, who rescued Lucky as a newborn lamb after she was abandoned by her mother, recently invested in air-conditioning for their elderly pet, but even this couldn’t save her.

“We brought her into the shed where she was reared and put air conditioners on her,” according to Mrs Westgarth. “That kept her going a bit longer.” Mrs Westgarth and her husband Frank admitted that looking after their pet sheep – a Polwarth-Dorchester cross — had become almost a full-time job.

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Lucky, The World's Oldest Sheep, Dies

oldest sheep

Lucky, the world’s oldest sheep, has died after succumbing to the effects of a heatwave in southern Australia. The 23-year-old ewe, recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, died peacefully on her farm at Lake Bolac, 57 miles west of Melbourne, after a short illness. Lucky’s owner Delrae Westgarth says her beloved sheep had found the recent hot weather in Victoria hard to endure.”It’s a relief,” said Mrs Westgarth. “She was good up to that first lot of heatwaves we had. But she went downhill a bit from then.” The Westgarths, who rescued Lucky as a newborn lamb after she was abandoned by her mother, recently invested in air-conditioning for their elderly pet, but even this couldn’t save her.

“We brought her into the shed where she was reared and put air conditioners on her,” according to Mrs Westgarth. “That kept her going a bit longer.” Mrs Westgarth and her husband Frank admitted that looking after their pet sheep – a Polwarth-Dorchester cross — had become almost a full-time job.

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