Durham Constabulary: The 14m new police HQ stalled by an endangered newt found hibernating on the site


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The 14m new police HQ stalled by an endangered newt found hibernating on the site Durham Constabularly began work last October but work is at a standstillThe great crested newt has declined in population and is protected by law By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:32 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:22 GMT, 9 February 2013 The construction of a new multimillion-pound police headquarters has been halted to protect a newt that is hibernating on site. Durham Constabulary began work on their new base last October but work has come to a standstill after a great crested newt was found

Even a big cat can"t resist a snowball fight! Daseep the Sumatran tiger gets her claws out in game with keepers


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Even a big cat can't resist a snowball fight! Daseep the Sumatran tiger gets her claws out in game with keepers The two-year-old tried catching the snowballs with her mouth and paws She did not want to stay in her heated pen but explore her first deep snow Staff at Dudley Zoological Gardens have used sledges to transport bedding and food to its 1,300 animals after inches of snow fell in recent days By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 19:04 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:03 GMT, 24 January 2013 She may originally hail from the tropical rainforests of Indonesia but that did not stop tigress Daseep getting stuck into a snowball fight. Instead of waiting for room service in her heated enclosure, the two-year-old Sumatran tiger wanted to explore the first deep snow she had seen. Keepers at Dudley Zoological Gardens kept her entertained by playing the unusual game of catch.

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


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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

Join our gang – it"s grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drain


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Join our gang – it's grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drainRow of cute creatures in grate pictured in California Raccoons were caught in the act by passing motorist | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 27 December 2012 They tend to make their beds in the hollow of a tree.

Hilarious photos appear to show pooches behind the wheel of their owners" cars


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Dog, where's my car Hilarious photos appear to show pets behind the wheel of their owners' vehicles Pictures appearing to show driving dogs posted on Amazing Creatures blogAppear to make light of dogs being taught to drive in real life in New Zealand | UPDATED: 01:48 GMT, 26 December 2012 They seem perfectly at ease behind the wheel, but are sure to turn the eyes of fellow drivers. These hilarious pictures show dogs appearing to drive around streets in their owner's cars – with some going for a solo journey and others apparently carrying passengers along for the ride. The mock-up photos posted on the Amazing Creature blog appear to be making light of news earlier this month in New Zealand, where a charity taught a trio of rescue dogs how to drive

The Sphynx tops the polls when it comes to the friendliest feline

Not the prettiest cat but the most affectionate: The Sphynx tops the polls when it comes to the friendliest felineThe pedigree pets have come out as the most affectionate and friendly in a survey of all types of catsThe most unfriendly were non-pedigree, crossbreed 'moggies' — also known as domestic short-haired cats — Britain's most common variety | UPDATED: 09:52 GMT, 3 December 2012 They might not be the prettiest of animals but when it comes to friendliness, the hairless Sphynx is the cat’s whiskers.

Call me Sandy: The moment a 4 ton elephant shakes the dust of his back during a stroll through the Kalahari Desert


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Call me Sandy: The moment a 4 ton elephant shakes the dust of his back during a stroll through the Kalahari Desert | UPDATED: 12:38 GMT, 29 November 2012 Breathtaking photographs capturing animals in their natural habitat are among the top picks from the editors from National Geographic magazine as part of their annual photo contest. The favorites among the thousands of submissions so far include stunning shots of sea creatures, a touching photograph of a mother bear with her young and an elephant charging through the Kalahari Desert.