A former rescue dog has been crowned the pet slimming champion of the year after shedding a third of her bodyweight.
One of the rarest mammals on the planet was photographed in the wild for the first time in 15 years.
A time-lapse video has captured the first 100 days of two giant panda cubs born in the United States.
A cat caused a two hour power cut in a Scottish village after it became stuck on top of a 10-metre-high electricity pole.
Coco the cat was stranded for almost 24 hours before owners Moira and Bob Moir, from St Cyrus in Aberdeenshire, contacted Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and explained the situation.
Two engineers then came to the rescue, turning off the power before using a cherry picker to rescue the fear-filled feline.
Mark Macdonald from SHEPD said, "Everyone in the depot is delighted that Coco has made a full recovery, although I heard she was a bit crabby after being stuck up the pole for almost a day!"
The silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long-(5.5-metre-long) oarfish was found by a snorkeller off the coast of southern California.
Marine science instructor Jasmine Santana, of the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), needed more than 15 helpers to drag the serpent-like creature to the shore of Santa Catalina Island.
Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime as sightings of the creature are rare.
A dog who cannot get through a car journey without his owner holding his paw for reassurance is becoming the latest web hit.
In a video posted to YouTube, the scaredy dog Tommy can be seen cowering in the passenger seat as the car begins driving, before trying to hide under the driver's arm.
As it all gets too much for him, Tommy pulls his owner's hand towards him to squeeze his paw.
Tommy's owner Adam Douglas, who uploaded the video, wrote after it reached over 403,000 hits: "I only uploaded the video to see what the YouTube video editor was like so I didn't expect this at all."
Elephants understand pointing without being trained to recognise the gesture.
It is thought they may even use their trunks to "point" in a similar way to humans.
The ability may be due to elephants' complex social systems which involve recognising unspoken signals, according to researchers from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
"What elephants share with humans is that they live in an elaborate and complex network in which support, empathy, and help for others are critical for survival," said Professor Richard Byrne.
Ricki Whitmore says the spiders started running towards him before biting his leg. Speaking to the Daily Star he said:
There was a really sharp pain and then my leg started to throb. I managed to get home, but by the time I arrived my thigh had swollen to twice its normal size.
There was a really sharp pain and then my leg started to throb.
Ricki's wife Carrie added:
He looked terrible. He was pale, sweating and his leg was killing him. Even our son's Stanley, 11 and little Ricki, two, could tell something was wrong.
A man from east London has reportedly been attacked by a venomous spider, known as a 'false widow'. Ricki Whitmore claims the creature bit him, causing his leg to swell. He ended up in hospital on an antibiotic drip. Speaking to the Daily Star he said:
I found a nest of spiders' in a school I was renovating. They were quite big, a purplish brown colour with strange markings on their back.
I'd never seen anything like it. It was quite creepy. I'd never kill a spider but I needed access to the corner so I just swept them away.
A worker suffered severe damage to her left arm after she stuck it in a tiger enclosure at an animal park in central Oklahoma and was unable to withdraw it before the big cat clawed her, according to the Associated Press.
Park owner Joe Schreibvogel said the attack happened at about 10am local time and the woman underwent surgery several hours later. He said doctors are trying save her arm.
Mr Schreibvogel, owner of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, said the arm was still attached and the young woman was conscious and able to talk and move her fingers when she was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital.
He added that the worker violated protocol by putting her arm in the cage.