What a Blessed earful! Cameron and foghorn-voiced actor meet at Downing Street

What a Blessed earful! Cameron and foghorn-voiced actor meet at Downing StreetBrian Blessed is campaigning for greater transparency over animal testing By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:02 GMT, 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:54 GMT, 25 April 2013 It may not have been his most hostile confrontation of the day but it was probably the loudest. David Cameron emerged from Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons yesterday to be bearded in Downing Street by foghorn-voiced actor Brian Blessed. The larger-than-life star, 76, was at No 10 to deliver a petition calling on Mr Cameron to end the secrecy surrounding testing on animals for research.

Finally, MPs move to ban circuses from using exotic animals: Only horses, dogs and rabbits will be allowed

Finally, MPs move to ban circuses from using exotic animals: Only horses, dogs and rabbits will be allowed Move comes after shocking treatment of Anne the elephant Two circuses have had requests to use wild animals rejected in past year . The move was not binding, however, as it was based on a backbench motion from Tory MP Mark Pritchard.

Leopard gets into a spot of bother… by falling down a well: Amazing rescue in India

Leopard gets into a spot of bother… by falling down a well: Amazing rescue in IndiaLeopard saved after falling down a well on food hunt in northeast India By Sara Malm PUBLISHED: 18:57 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 05:44 GMT, 6 April 2013 A young leopard found itself in a deep trouble, after it fell down a well in northeast India

Who needs to tweet when you"ve got the Roy-owl Mail?

Who needs to tweet when you've got the Roy-owl MailAnimal sanctuary trained owls to deliver internal mail after budget cutsKirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire had a backlog of mailBirds trained to recognise primary colours and pick up post from trays By Nesta Vowles PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 1 April 2013 It is a wizard idea straight out of Harry Potter and ensures the post always wings its way out on time. Experts at an animal sanctuary have trained their owls to deliver the internal mail – just like the birds of prey do at the fictional Hogwarts School. Kirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire introduced the feathered posties after budget cuts forced it to reduce staff numbers, leaving a backlog of mail

Jeremy Clarkson upsets animal activists after posting a picture of a dead mouse "killed during Top Gear rehearsals"

Animal rights activists outraged as 'oaf' Jeremy Clarkson posted picture of a squashed dead mouse 'killed during Top Gear rehearsals'Star posted picture on Twitter from MoscowClaimed it was 'harmed during Top Gear rehearsals' PETA brands him 'an oaf and a lout' By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 10:59 GMT, 23 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 23 February 2013 Jeremy Clarkson pictured today during a visit to Red Square in Moscow He's never been one to shy away from controversy.

Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic "riot shield" to stop Larry the cat from getting into building

Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic 'riot shield' to stop Larry the cat from getting into building Chief Mouser to the Cabinet found his way into the Foreign Office blockedHe and George Osborne's cat Freya are regular visitors to the buildingBut staff with allergies had complained about their presence William Hague came to their aid and ordered the removal of the barrier By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 19:01 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:03 GMT, 21 February 2013 As Chief Mouser to the Cabinet, Larry is used to having his run of Downing Street. So he was understandably more than a little perturbed today when he found one of his favourite prowling routes blocked by a plastic shield. It appears the Foreign Office, which installed the clear cover, has gone to extreme lengths to stop the No10 employee from snooping around.

Taking shelter from the storm: Photographs capture snail sitting on a leaf under what impromptu umbrella

Shelter from the storm: Photographs capture snail sitting on a leaf underneath an impromptu umbrella Pictures taken by amateur photographer Vyacheslav Mischenko in UkraineHe said the shots bear a resemblance to Monet's Woman With a Parasol By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:49 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:50 GMT, 18 February 2013 They are not known as one of the world's prettiest creatures – but this snail is clearly more image-conscious, posing atop a leaf under a makeshift umbrella. The beautiful images capture the creature below a dew-covered flower, suggesting that it is not as fond of the rain as most snails, who normally flourish in damp conditions.

Tasmania bush fires: Five-year-old dog survives and offers symbol of hope

Australia's tiny symbol of hope: How Charlie the pug survived catastrophic bushfires which left half his body burned Five-year-old dog stuns vets by surviving horrific injuriesHe lived despite being in home reduced to cinders and ashes By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 12:43 GMT, 13 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:08 GMT, 13 January 2013 Wrapped in a bandage after suffering 50 per cent burns to his body, it is not surprising Charlie the five-year-old pug looks somewhat doleful. But the adorable dog has become the latest symbol of hope from the devastation wreaked by the Australian bushfires after miraculously surviving the inferno. When he was rescued by police close to his owners' devastated home in Dunalley, south west Tasmania, at first no-one expected him to pull through

TV star Terry Nutkins" daughter saves four children from freezing Loch Ness after their family car plunges 100ft into the water

Daughter of late TV star Terry Nutkins saves four children after her car plunges into freezing Loch NessJennifer MacMillan, 34, rescued her children and teenage sisters from waterWitness said the family were lucky to be alive after car skidded off the roadFather Terry Nutkins died of cancer aged 66 just four months ago behind her and enjoying the new year. Mr Nutkins died of leukaemia in September aged 66, in the village of Glenelg where he lived with his family, including Ms MacMillan. He was well known for presenting BBC nature programmes aimed at children such as Animal Magic and The Really Wild Show

Revealed: RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues – yet thousands are completely healthy

Revealed: RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues – yet thousands are completely healthy Shock figures reveal 3,400 animals put down for 'non-medical reasons'Whistleblower claims she shot healthy dogs 'because there was no room' Statistics show 10,000 fewer animals were rehomed in 2011But charity's prosecutions of rogue pet owners leap 20 per centCountryside Alliance says charity should lose right to call itself Royal | UPDATED: 22:08 GMT, 29 December 2012 The RSPCA destroys nearly half the animals it ‘rescues’ each year, with thousands being put down for non-medical reasons, shocking figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal. The animal-welfare charity destroyed 53,000 animals last year – 44 per cent of those it took in – leading critics to claim that the organisation spends too much time on prosecuting cases of neglect and cruelty and not enough on finding new homes for animals