The National Space Centre in Leicester has sent its mascot 26 miles into the sky as part of celebrations for its thirteenth anniversary.
Motorists in the Midlands left work the earliest to catch the kick-off between England and Uruguay causing an increase in traffic.
A group of penguins at Birmingham's Sea Life centre have been given the task of predicting the outcome of matches at the World Cup.
An elephant at West Midlands Safari Park has become the first in the world to take an 'elfie' after a man dropped his phone while driving through the wildlife park.
Staff told Scott Brierley to continue driving when he dropped his phone and when he later retrieved it, he was stunned to see the African elephant had captured a picture of herself with her trunk.
Scott says he now has the world's first elephant 'selfie', which was taken on Monday.
"I really couldn't believe when the iPhone came back, I pressed the centre button to check it was still working and wow there it was - me and my friend were in shock."
"The elephant had taken two pictures, but the second isn't very good. I have shown everybody the elephant selfie, and they all love it."
Meet Oleg and Boris - twin baby meerkats. They are the latest recruits at Dudley Zoological Gardens and are just a month-old.
Both meerkats are said to be doing well and have settled in to their new environment.
Now - some people have train sets, others have huge soft toy collections - but one man from Peterborough has taken his interest in flying commercial jet planes to a whole new level.
Richard Hutchinson has spent thousands of pounds building an authentic replica of a Boeing 737 cockpit in his bedroom.
A family of blue tits have found an unlikely new nesting place- in a cigarette bin at a hotel near Walsall!
The birds have opted for the ash-filled bin over hedgerows around the Fairlawns Hotel in Aldridge.
The tiny birds have been keeping guests fascinated as they fly in and out of the ash tray, but smokers are less impressed.
After the tits arrived, hotel management immediately took the bin out of action.
Hotel deputy manager Neil Wyatt said:
“The bin is only waist high, so we were very surprised the blue tits chose it for a home.We first noticed they were flying in and out two weeks ago. Since then, they’ve been very busy.
“They’ve been taking food inside, so we know there’s young in there.It’s just a case of waiting for them to come out – hopefully, without a nicotine addiction.”
A shopkeeper in Nottingham had a very surprise customer recently, reports the Nottingham Post, when Prime Minister David Cameron stopped off at his petrol station,
Krunal Barot was behind the till at the LMP Service Station at Stragglethrope Crossroads in Cropwell Bishop, when the Prime Minister popped in for an ice cream. Mr Barot told the Post he couldn't believe his eyes, but did find the time to get a selfie with Mr Cameron..