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.
The RSPCA are desperately trying to capture a duck which has been shot through the neck with a crossbow bolt.
The mallard is believed to have been shot in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, three weeks ago, but is still swimming around unbothered, and as yet has evaded capture by concerned animal welfare inspectors.
RSPCA spokeswoman Katya Mira has appealed for anyone who knows who shot the duck to come forward.
"Our inspectors have been out several times, as have staff from another wildlife centre nearby, and no one has yet been able to catch the duck.
"The duck does appear to be fully functioning and OK for now. But this does mean he can fly, so tends to take off whenever he sees a net or anyone gets near.
"In the meantime, if anyone has any information about the duck and how she came to be attacked with a dart in this way, they should call our investigations line."
The hot summer has helped butterflies bounce back after a string of poor years, an annual survey has revealed.
Warm, sunny spells in July and August significantly boosted numbers compared to 2012's washout summer, which was the worst year on record for the insects, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation said.
Overall, four times as many butterflies were recorded, with a record-breaking 46,000 people counting more than 830,000 butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK over three weeks in July and August.
Both the small white and large white did well, with numbers up by more than 300% for each species. They occupied the first and second spot for most commonly spotted butterflies, while peacock butterflies came in third.
NASA has confirmed that a picture of an unfortunate frog 'photobombing' a recent rocket launch is a genuine image.
The creature appears to have been thrown into the air during the take-off of a LADEE spacecraft from Virginia last weekend.
It is thought the frog may have been resting in a water pool on the launch pad designed to suppress noise and physical damage.
"The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch," said a spokesperson.
"The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain."
Three tortoises were taken from their enclosure after thieves broke into a garden, police said.
The tortoises, one male and two females, were taken from the property in North Cerney in Gloucestershire.
A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "The animals were taken from the house on Churnside between 3.30pm on Monday August 26 and 8am on Tuesday August 27.
"Offenders walked into the garden along the driveway. They then removed the one male and two female tortoises from their enclosure and left the garden. The animals are of significant sentimental value to the owner as they were a gift from his late wife."
The theft happened between August 26 and 27 and Gloucestershire Police have urged anyone with information to contact them.
A hedgehog had a lucky escape after getting "thoroughly entangled" in a badminton court net.
He was rescued by the RSPCA after being found with the net tightly wound around him in a garden in Whatley, near Chard in Somerset, last week by a member of the public.
Animal collection officer Dudley Clements said: "There was no way this little fella was going anywhere - the netting worked like Velcro and he was thoroughly entangled.
"This serves as a reminder for people who use garden sports sets to always ensure they are safely removed and stored."
The hedgehog was taken to West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton where he was given an anaesthetic so the net could be cut away.
He was underweight, weak and clearly in discomfort on arrival but made a quick recovery following some food and care, the charity said.
It is hoped he will soon be able to be released back to the wild.
A man has been jailed after he left his dog to die in a ditch after shooting it six times and hitting the animal with a shovel.
Marc Turnbull shot cross-breed Rocky five times in the head and hit it with a shovel in an attempt to kill the dog.
The 38-year-old, from Northampton, claimed inflicting the injuries was his only option after he failed to find another home for the dog.
Magistrates heard Turnbull shot the dog with an air rifle, battered him with a spade and left the dog in a ditch on the A5 near Weedon, Northamptonshire, on April 21 this year.
Turnbull, who was traced due to the dog being microchipped, admitted three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to Rocky.
He was jailed for 20 weeks at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. Rocky survived his injuries and has since been rehomed by the RSPCA.
Visitors to Bristol Zoo Gardens can now get up close and personal with a family of gorillas as their new £1 million enclosure opens this weekend.