'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

Rabbit-Jumping_1569583c

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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Battle To Save Tigers 3,200 Only Left

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Conservationists say there are just 3,200 tigers left in the world as the future of the species is threatened by poachers, destruction of their habitat and climate change.The world population of tigers has fallen by 95 per cent in the past century. The WWF said it intends to intensify pressure to save the Panthera tigris by classifying it as the most at risk on its roster of 10 critically endangered animals.It hopes to increase patrols and work with politicians to eradicate poaching and thwart illegal trade of tiger skins and body parts.

The wildlife charity also aims to work with governments to encourage more responsible forest management and compensation for farmers whose livestock are killed by tigers to avoid them being hunted.Diane Walkington, head of species programme for the WWF in Britain, said: “This year has been designated the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations and so we have created a list of 10 critically important endangered animals that we believe will need special monitoring over the next 12 months.

“This year will also be the Chinese Year of the Tiger, and so we have put it at the top of our list. It will have special iconic importance.”Of course, there are thousands of other species on the endangered list. However, there is particular importance in selecting a creature such as the tiger for special attention.”To save the tiger, we have to save its habitat – which is also home to many other threatened species.”So if we get things right and save the tiger, we will also save many other species at the same time.”
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Couple Taped Up Tortoises To Smuggle Into Britain

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Herpetologist Michael Mates and his partner Carol Wormley, both 42 and from Walthamstow, east London, returned from Corfu with the animals hidden in luggage, magistrates in Harlow, Essex, were told.Both were ordered to carry out unpaid work and banned from keeping reptiles for 10 years after admitting breaking laws designed to protect wildlife. Prosecutor Angela Hughes said the Hermann’s Tortoises had been taken from their natural habitat in Corfu then packed in bags and suitcases. She said one was taped to stop it moving around.

Miss Hughes said the couple kept the creatures in a hotel room before taking them on to a plane and flying to Stansted.She told the court that both were arrested when they landed at the airport in July.Magistrates were told that Gates was a herpetologist who had a collection of reptiles.Jeremy Sirrell, for Gates, said his client had been trying to rescue the tortoises after seeing them treated cruelly and had not intended to sell them.
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Cat Survives Two-Week Voyage To Britain From Egypt

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Pharoah the cat has survived after stowing away in a container on a merchant ship that arrived at the British port of Felixstowe after a 3,000 mile journey from Egypt. The hungry animal was found in a container after two weeks on board the MV Maersk Batam which travelled from the Port Said in Egypt to the Suffolk port.

John Biscoe, of GMA Freight, said: “We opened this container that had just arrived from Egypt to ensure that it was all in order and I was with the forklift operator and became aware there was something in there. “It was a container with wire coils and I said there was a cat in there.”The other chap wondered if it was a lion or something but then this little thing jumped out and started rubbing around my legs.”
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Largest Wild Animal In Britain Is 300lb, 9ft Stag

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Measuring 9ft tall, weighing in at 300lbs and known as the Exmoor Emperor, this stag is thought to be the largest wild animal in Britain. The annual mating season for deer is on and the wild stag has been spotted near the Devon-Somerset border.

Weighing in at more than 300 lbs – and standing nearly nine feet from hoof to antler-tip – the stag has been identified by a local authority on wild deer as a “truly magnificent” example of the species. “Red deer stags are the biggest indigenous land animal left in these islands, so it’s possible that this is the largest wild animal in the country today,” commented Dulverton’s Peter Donnelly, who has many years’ experience in deer management.
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