A rescued rottweiler has won Ruffs - the RSPCA's alternative to the Crufts dog show.
A cat who curled up and went for a sleep under a coach is now recuperating after waking up 100 miles away.
A "five-hour" struggle between a water python and a crocodile in Queensland ends in the snake devouring the entire crocodile whole.
A cat has been reunited with its owner after going missing for eight years.
Jesse was 18 months old when he bolted out of his cat box on the way to the vets near Mow Cop on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border in 2006.
Owner Leslie Corbett put up missing cat posters and searched the area for days but eventually gave up hope of a return.
But last month the vet telephoned Mrs Corbett to say that Jesse, who had been microchipped, was found "hanging around" nearby.
"We have absolutely no idea where he's been," she told the BBC. "All we know is he's happy and healthy."
Sightings of a mysterious pink bird have puzzled locals in the North East this week.
The bird has been spotted by several passers-by attempting to blend in among pigeons, but its true breed has remained in doubt - spouting much speculation.
However, Nik Shelton of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), believes the pink plumage can be easily explained.
"The bird has clearly been dyed," he said.
"It is likely to be a captive dove and we have had reports of these being dyed strange colours and released at special events.
"This one has clearly not returned to its owner afterwards," Mr Shelton added.
Fish-lovers have been urged not to feed their pets crisps after bosses at a London aquarium had to wean a giant fish off a diet of Skips.
Gerty, a 16-inch-long, 9lb Gourami is usually grey in colour, but turned an unusual pink thanks to her unhealthy diet.
Staff at the Sea Life London Aquarium are now feeding her a healthier menu of grapes and bananas.
Jamie Oliver, curator at the acquarium, said: "I have never heard of a fish being fed crisps."
He added: "Gouramis usually eat a diet of fruit and vegetation but fortunately Gerty doesn't appear to have suffered any ill effects from her unhealthy addiction. However, we would not recommend feeding fish crisps of any kind."
Dogs' brains respond to voices in the same way a human brain does, scientists claim.
The same area of the brain activates in both species when they hear a voice, regardless of whether it is the human command "sit" or the whine of another dog.
Scientists conducting the study trained 11 dogs to lie motionless in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scanner.
Their responses to a range of vocal sounds, including whining, crying, playful barking and laughing, were compared with those of human volunteers.
The findings, published in the journal Current Biology, shed light on the special relationship between dogs and humans, according to the researchers.
Lead scientist Attila Andics said the research "may support the successfulness of vocal communication between the two species."
Scientists have wired the brain of a monkey to the spinal cord of another as part of research that could ultimately help to reanimate the limbs of paralysed humans.
The "master" monkey learnt to control the hands and arms of a second, sedated monkey in a separate room thanks to a chip implanted in its brain, the Times reported.
“It’s all a bit like the [Avatar] movie,” said Professor Zoe Williams, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School. “The neurons in the brain of the master are fully in control.”
Christopher James, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Warwick, said: “This has profound implications, most especially for controlling limbs in spinal cord injury, or controlling prosthetic limbs with limb amputees.”
A donkey has been rescued by three fire crews after she became trapped up to her neck in mud overnight.
Firefighters arrived at a field in Clapton-in-Gordano, Bristol, to find only the donkey's head exposed above the earth.
They spent around two hours gradually pulling the 15-year-old animal, called Geraldine, from the mud.
A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said, "By the time crews left the scene she had returned to her stable to warm up and have something to eat."