The Man With 24 Crocodiles Living At His Semi-Detached Home

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Shaun Foggett is Britain’s answer to Steve Irwin after assembling the largest collection of crocodiles in the country in his back garden. Shaun, 30, keeps 24 crocodiles and alligators in the semi-detached home in Oxford he shares with fiancée Lisa Green, 29, and children Billy, six, Louie, four, and eight-month-old Shania.Joiner Shaun has even erected a purpose-built enclosure for his unique pets which include endangered Black Caymans, Cuban crocodiles and a Chinese alligator to keep the reptiles at a constant 25 degrees.

Shaun has now raised £100,000 in just two years to create Britains first crocodile zoo so his house can be restored to normality.
Shaun is still hunting for a 5,000 sq ft location big enough to house all his prehistoric beasts but in the meantime, his family home retains a tropical feel.”They are amazing animals but not cheap to keep as pets. Just feeding them with rodents and fish costs £8,000 a year,” Shaun said.”I have been interested in crocodiles since I was a little kid and once I started reptiles at 17 it just snowballed.By the time I was 25 I had my dangerous animals licence and I was looking after crocodiles and alligators.

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Battle Of The Elephants In Thailand

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With lightning speed and military precision, they lock dusks and dodge the lethal spears carried by the warriors on their backs.
These stunning beasts are re-enacting the ancient fighting scenes of their ancestors.The giant bull elephants have been specially trained by their skilled mahouts to fight – but the real battle is in training the elephants to know the difference between a mock clash and a real one.

‘These are war scenes depicting the kings going to battle,’ said Ewa Narkiewicz, from Elephantstay in Thailand.

‘Our elephants are highly trained using special techniques. The idea is to show Thai people what role the elephant played in their history.’Elephants Plai Ngathong and Plai Cocholaat are residents of Elephantstay in Thailand.Here the 25-year-old bulls have undergone years of training to safely recreate mock fight scenes.

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Rare Bird That Was Feared Extinct Rediscovered In Afghanistan

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Despite the fighting and chaos going on around it, the large billed reed warbler has been spotted in the north east part of the country.The bird is so rare it had only been spotted on three occasions in more than 150 years before the latest sightings in Afghanistan. Scientists have now pin pointed its habitat and armed with this knowledge hope to be able to protect the bird.

The finding has sparked a wave of excitement among bird watchers across the world who had previously thought this species had been lost forever.An international team of scientists and bird experts worked together to verify the sightings of the large billed reed warbler.The first sighting of the bird was in 1867 but was only officially observed on three occasions since then.
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'Rabbit Jumping' Craze Takes Off In Britain

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This pictures show how rabbits are being taught to show jump in a new craze taking off in Britain. Rabbit Jumping UK is the country’s only rabbit jumping club and began when retired office worker Maureen Hoyle visited a fellow breeder in Sweden and got inspired.The unusual sport is popular there and in other parts of Scandinavia.Rabbit fan Maureen took the idea back home and appealed to others to join a new club.The rabbits are trained by owners at home who use treats to encourage the animals to make a leap of faith over barriers.

On Saturday members met at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, North Yorks. They treated visitors attending the Bradford Excel Small Animals Show to two competitions and rabbit jumping displays.”The rabbits love it,” said Maureen, from Huddersfield, West Yorks. “The rabbits are very agile and a lot of people are surprised by what they can do.”The rabbits have to clear the jump without touching it.
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'Rabbit Jumping' Craze Takes Off In Britain

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This pictures show how rabbits are being taught to show jump in a new craze taking off in Britain. Rabbit Jumping UK is the country’s only rabbit jumping club and began when retired office worker Maureen Hoyle visited a fellow breeder in Sweden and got inspired.The unusual sport is popular there and in other parts of Scandinavia.Rabbit fan Maureen took the idea back home and appealed to others to join a new club.The rabbits are trained by owners at home who use treats to encourage the animals to make a leap of faith over barriers.

On Saturday members met at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, North Yorks. They treated visitors attending the Bradford Excel Small Animals Show to two competitions and rabbit jumping displays.”The rabbits love it,” said Maureen, from Huddersfield, West Yorks. “The rabbits are very agile and a lot of people are surprised by what they can do.”The rabbits have to clear the jump without touching it.
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