West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service specialist rescue team were training today - using a WOODEN horse. They were practising rescuing a horse from the water - using ropes and a hoist.
Today's training at Swan Pool. Animal rescue techniques and large animals in water. More later... http://t.co/BVN5F0uRCx
The group Pro-Test, which says it is "standing up for science", says "without animal research, medicine as we know it today wouldn't exist".
The Medical Research Council says that the use of animals in medical research has made an "important contribution" to advances in medicine and has helped improve the health of both humans and animals.
"In accordance with the law, research using animals is only undertaken when there is no alternative research technique and the expected benefits outweigh any adverse effects."
"Whilst it is acknowledged that animal models are not a perfect model for humans, the use of animals in biomedical research remains essential. Alternative techniques cannot always reproduce the complexity of a living creature."
It says research using animals is essential in developing treatments for conditions like strokes, AIDS, and cancer.
Demonstrators will mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories today in Nottingham by calling for the end of experiments on animals. The organiser says:
Abolishing the Victorian method of research dating back 200 years of using animals will not only benefit animals, amend a 65-year-old law that is out of date with modern scientific understanding, it will also free up £50 billion a year towards finding cures for humans, everyone wins.
Animal lovers will march through Nottingham city centre today to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories.
600-700 campaigners are expected to attend to raise awareness of what they call the "outdated science of animal experiments".
They want the government to stop experiments on animals.
Sam Slater from Leicester posted this video online - of her cat caught in the act!
Apparently Gordon the cat burglar regularly returns home with his spoils - laundry lifted from the neighbour's washing line!
This video shows him struggling through the cat-flap bearing his latest treasure - a sock he proudly lays out for his owner.
A horse rider from Sedgley who says she was hit at speed by a skip lorry is appealing to him and any witnesses to come forward.Read the full story ›
Video courtesy of Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project.
One of the falcons which nests at Derby Cathedral laid an egg this morning.
The moment was captured by web cams positioned over the falcon's nest - it happened just after 00:30.
She normally lays around four eggs a year.
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.
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.
Nottinghamshire Police Force have five new puppies - 4 girls and a boy and need help with names. One catch - they must begin with the letter "I". They're asking people to tweet them with suggestions.
Lift-cadging cat from Rugby sings along as it gets a ride in a bicycle basket.Read the full story ›