Elaborately dressed cats and dogs and even a palm-sized sugar glider were among the animals blessed outside a Philippine mall on Sunday in celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and World Animal day. Pet owners raised their furry friends as a priest sprinkled holy water on the menagerie. "They are like humans to us, so we need to have them blessed and make sure they do not get sick, and continue being with me," said Filipino dog owner Ram de Castro, while carrying his pet dressed in Miss Universe-inspired red evening gown.
The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida, shared a picture of the dead turtle and the pieces of plastic.
The mosasaur, which died out 66 million years ago, could perform the breaststroke, researchers claim.
The giant salamander was identified using DNA by staff at the Zoological Society of London and the Natural History Museum.
Animals can be cute, ferocious and mysterious - but they can also be hilarious. The funniest pictures of wildlife have now been collected and put forward for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Awards . The competition is a global, online and free to enter photography competition, showcasing the funnier side of Earth’s most amazing wildlife. Read more from Yahoo News UK: Two in five hospitals patients ‘never have visitors’ Fireman Sam axed as mascot and replaced with gender-neutral extinguishers Nigel Farage ‘sets out terms for general election pact with Boris Johnson’ In addition to providing some light-hearted relief, the competition also aims to highlight the important message of wildlife conservation. From shopping responsibly by avoiding plastics and palm oil to restricting water use at home, this year’s contest is aimed at making people think about the animals on the planet - as well as laughing at them. The winners will be announced on November 13.
Compassion in World Farming have called for an end to the practice of shipping live animals around the world.
Tonks, a 17-year-old Jack Russell has been adopted by Janet Hall from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, after an appeal to find him his forever home.
A Bristol family believe the bee was hidden inside their luggage which they brought back from Turkey after a holiday.
Researchers from the Polar Institute who tracked the arctic fox found she had travelled from Norway to Canada in just 76 days.
Experts are warning that the warm winter could mean a return of giant wasps nests to Alabama this summer.
The lions were snapped by Vince Burton draped over branches of trees in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
Ronnie and Reggie, ZSL London Zoo's most famous same-sex penguin couple, have got their own Pride banner to join in celebrations.
Ryan Harrison, 24, and Thomas Young, 26, were jailed at Merthyr Magistrates' Court after admitting a string of animal cruelty charges.
A study from pet tech firm Furbo found that more than four in ten of dog owners are worried that their pets have mental health problems.
Officers from West Midlands Police rescued the plucky piglet after he was found running around a busy road in Canley, Coventry.