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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Animal

All time
# Northern Ireland
EU suggests new deal on plant and animal checks in bid to solve Brexit trade issues
The EU and UK are locked in talks to make post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland work more smoothly.
# clever cat
Quiz: How closely were you paying attention to recent animal stories?
2018 was a tough year for many humans – let’s see how their animal counterparts fared.
# noctural
Animals are becoming more active at night to avoid humans
This could have an impact on their fitness and reproduction levels.
# in the name of science
'Severe' experiments on live animals increased in Ireland last year
Experiments included “inducing cancer in animals… and acute poisoning tests that stop just short of death.”
# Wicklow
Gardaí investigating alleged beheading of couple's dog
The incident occurred in the back garden of a home in Rathdrum, county Wicklow.
# early impressions
'He's an absolute tank!' - Arsenal's Kolasinac could prove the bargain of the summer
The Bosnian full-back arrived on a free from Schalke and scored in Sunday’s Community Shield win.
# Animal Cruelty
Seven dogs had to be put down after being found in 'deplorable' conditions
The animals’ former owner was barred from owning any dogs.
# adoggio for strings
A cute and well-behaved dog is needed to star in an opera in the National Concert Hall this month
The dog does not need to sing.
# not claimed
Almost €1 million spent seizing over 2,500 horses and almost 90% were destroyed
When a horse is seized, a public notice is put up and if it’s not claimed after five days, the animal is destroyed.
# Manchester
Man jailed for having sex with his dog and possessing indecent images of children
Forensic examination revealed videos of extreme pornography and bestiality, including videos of Brazier having sex with his own dog.
# salamander
Rare "baby dragon" born in Slovenia
The ancient olm only give birth once in a decade and can live for up to 100 years.
# North Carolina
Woman charged after duct-taping a dog's mouth shut and posting picture to Facebook
She now faces a fine and up to 150 days in jail.
# kala and kiera
Remember these hugging dogs? They finally have a new home
The two pups were saved from being put down in July, but still needed a forever home.
# hairy shearer
Before and after: The wooliest sheep in the world has just been sheared
The animal was carrying more than 40kg of wool.
# incredibly cruel
Man violently killed dog in park because he couldn't pay vet bills
He was seen putting his foot on the dog’s head.
# Take a Break
People have become really obsessed with this 'hunky' gorilla (seriously)
His name is Shabani.
# Not happy
People are outraged this hunter posted a picture with a dead giraffe
Ricky Gervais posted a picture of the hunter on his Facebook page.
# fota wildlife
Maude the three-limbed lemur has died, and people are very upset about it
# pika
Extremely rare (and cute) animal photographed for the first time in 20 years
Meet the Ili pika.
# little pups
This adorable video of the 116 puppies rescued at Dublin Port is essential viewing
# whipsnade
Zookeeper seriously injured in rhino attack at British zoo
He is said to be in serious but stable condition at the hospital.
# Dogs
UCD ends practice of buying greyhounds for medical experiments
Over a six-year period, the university bought a total of 212 dogs.
# two become one
The first sex was like square-dancing in Scotland (seriously)
And it wasn’t humans who did it.
# feeling less woof
Garth the bull terrier makes full recovery after vicious attack by another dog
He was found with severe wounds in a field in north Dublin earlier this year.
# Woof Justice
Here's some of what the Gardaí's animals got up to last year
Details are revealed in the force’s annual report.
# doe-te
This baby deer being rescued from a fence will break your heart
Look at it run to its mammy!
# study buddy
10 pets who just wanted to help you study
They tried, bless them.
Opinion: A man and his dog – being homeless in Dublin
We bump into each other most days in the park, or outside the local shops. We are two very different people but we have one special connection: our dogs.
# grass is greener
People will be taking part in 'The Walk of Shame' for Ireland's animals over Easter
22 charities are taking part in the initiative, aimed at raising funds and awareness.
# dog control
Over 3,500 dogs were put down by pounds last year
That’s a fall of 28 per cent compared to 2012.
# oh boy oh boy
The Muppets singing Danny Boy is perfection
Bring it home Beaker!
# Animal Cruelty
Woman jailed for microwaving her kitten after it attacked goldfish
Sentencing the 23-year-old woman to 14 weeks in jail, the judge said it was an act “of utterly horrendous cruelty”.
# Animal Welfare
Dublin council bans animal-act circuses on public land
The move came after students set up a petition calling for an end to animal-act circuses.
# Euthanasia
Zoo kills healthy young giraffe despite protests
The giraffe’s body will be fed to tigers at the zoo in Copenhagen.
# Animal Welfare
Bereaved pet owners "should be entitled to compassionate leave"
Figures from the UK suggest bereaved pet owners cost the economy £1 billion and a call for compulsory leave is being made here.
# the lion kitten
WATCH: The Lion King as voiced by kids and acted out by kittens
What’s not to like?
# Aran
Cross animals off your list of gifts this Christmas, says animal rights group
ARAN have launched a new campaign, supported by Senator David Norris.
# Brazil
Brazil activists free 200 dogs used for drug tests
Most of the animals were said to have had their skins shaven.
# phuck yo photos
Rihanna's Instagram photos used as evidence in Thailand
The singer posed with an endangered animal.
Here's why flies can avoid being swatted and a T-rex might not see you sneak by
New research led by scientists at Trinity College Dublin has shown that animals’ ability to perceive time is linked to their pace of life.