Costly canines: £13k to keep a dog

New research shows it costs more than £13k to keep a dog over its lifetime with Midlands' dogs' dinners coming in at £4000.

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Derby Cathedral Peregrine Falcon to be a mum again

Peregrine Falcon with her egg Credit: Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project

In the early hours of this morning, Derby Cathedral's Peregrine Falcon laid her first egg of 2014.

Peregrine Falcon eggs are a deep reddish-brown colour.

You can watch the proud mum-to-be live via web cam here.

The proud mum-to-be Credit: Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project

Last year falcon fans had to wait until April 3rd for the first egg and this year she is one day later than 2008, when she laid on March 28th.

The earliest ever date was in 2009 when she laid on March 23rd.

Strong winds blow roof off crocodile house at Dudley Zoo

Janet the crocodile was exposed to the elements Credit: Dudley Zoo

A section of the Reptile House roof at Dudley Zoo blew off on Friday night and exposed a female West African dwarf crocodile to the elements.

High winds lifted the panel above Janet the crocodile's vivarium and keepers were forced to secure the roof.

Keeper inspects damage to roof Credit: Dudley Zoo

Jill Hitchman, from Dudley Zoo, said: "There was absolutely no risk of Janet escaping as she is within a secure enclosure inside the building, and spot heaters in the vivarium ensured there was no problem with temperatures falling."

"Everyone was surprised to see the section off, but the winds were very strong on the hill on Friday and just caught the side of the Reptile House which is on the turn of road leading up to the castle."

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West Midlands MEP 'outraged' after giraffe killed at Copenhagen Zoo

West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire, says she is 'outraged' and 'absolutely disgusted', after Copenhagen Zoo put down a healthy young giraffe.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park had offered to re-home 18-month-old Marius, but the Zoo said it was impossible as it would go against European breeding laws.

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.@nimeshitv a disgusting state of affairs, we need answers, this is part of an EU rule. He could and should have been saved.

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@wyrdtimes I'll admit some zoos make me feel uncomfortable, but killing a creature like this without justification? Heartbreaking.

Read more: Copenhagen Zoo destroys healthy giraffe despite campaign

Swans 'shot by a gas canister' in Long Eaton

Swans are protected by law and it is an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police in Derbyshire believe that someone may have shot wild swans with a gas canister before going on to pluck the feathers from the carcasses.

They've received several reports of dead swans in the Attenborough Gravel Pits area.

Swans are protected by law and it's an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan.

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious behaviour.

”It potentially looks as if they had been shot by a gas canister and it is clear from the carcasses that the feathers had been plucked."

PCSO Paul Boss, Long Eaton Town Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Dog disappears down 25 foot hole

Marley after his rescue Credit: Shropshire Fire and Rescue

Marley has his paws firmly back on the ground after being rescued from a 25 foot hole.

He disappeared down the old mine workings on Clee Hill in Shropshire when out on a walk with his owner, six-year-old Jaden and his mother.

Shropshire firefighters from Ludlow made it to the disused building within 10 minutes and used a ladder to bring him up from the bottom of a concrete lined storage container.

Marley was shocked, with some bleeding from his paws, but no lasting damage.

It was the second time a dog had got into difficulties in the mine workings over the last five years.

Firefighters are now warning walkers to take care in the area.

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