UK Animals

This Is Why You Should Never Let Your Dog Eat Chocolate

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Before you ask "is this some kind of canine Exorcist remake?" The answer is, quite simply, no. This, ladies and gentleman, is why you should NEVER fee...

Tortoise Rescues Friend, But Has An Ulterior Motive

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Comedy

A video of a tortoise helping its friend has been going viral, but it may not be as heroic as it seems. The video's uploader said: "We were all ver...

Why Everyone Needs a Fluffy Animal This Christmas

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Animal-assisted therapy is nothing new, though largely unheard of. Used for varying therapies, from in prisons to deal with aggression to nursing homes to deal with isolation, or, as I have found most handy, to help with depression, the unconditional love of an animal can be a wonderfully soothing thing. Here are seven reasons why you should consider getting a fluffy animal this Christmas:

11 Cute Instagram Cats Worth Following In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

What would Instagram be without #foodporn pics, selfies and, of course, cute cats? In fact, let's not even try to answer that. It's too upsetting to t...

Five Animals You Would Want On Your Zombie Apocalypse Team

Frontier | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Frontier

No doubt you've thought about who and what you would take with you to survive a post-apocalyptic world teeming with zombies, but have you given a thought to animals? Chances are some animals will possess qualities and abilities that could be very useful to a well-rounded zombie apocalypse team.

Obese Man Squashes Nativity Donkey To Death At Christmas Market

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK

An overweight man is being investigated by police for allegedly squashing a donkey to death at a Spanish Christmas market. The unidentified man cli...

Rabbits: I Can't Fix This With a Wave of a Wand...

Evanna Lynch | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Evanna Lynch

Sometimes, I do get overwhelmed by this stuff and it's hard to see so much cruelty and know that you can't just fix it all with (forgive me) a wave of your wand. But the only way you can really fail is by failing to try to make a difference.

Overcoming Our Differences to Tackle Poor Animal Welfare in Zoos

Georgina Allen | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Georgina Allen

There is enough political, cultural and organisational inertia already in the world acting as a barrier to improved animal welfare, and by working collaboratively on more mutually agreed projects, we can start to overcome these problems and really make a difference.

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

And The Most Creative Animal Of 2014 Award Goes Too...

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Tech

Being an animal these days must be a little like being a D-list celebrity. There's always someone hanging around in your inner circle ready to snap yo...

Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Fans of the books and films will remember that JK Rowling's world of wizardry is populated with a host of magical and frightening creatures, from elves, pixies and familiars to trolls, giants and werewolves, and everything in between.

Cats: A Story of Witchcraft and Fame

Frontier | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Frontier

Today cats have established themselves as some of the most loved pets in the world, but not all of them are equally popular. After all, looks still matters to children when they visit the pet shop, so let's spend some time honouring those fellows who are less prone to success...

Miniature Therapy Horses Stirrup Emotions On Visit To Chicago Hospital

AP | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK

Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital. Doctors and patients did double-takes when the equine ...

Things to Consider Before Bringing a Pet Home

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Gabrielle Leimon

Christmas is now officially just around the corner. As we roll through into December it's important to remind people of the troubles of giving animals as gifts. Every year people give animals, typically kittens and puppies, as gifts to their loved ones...

Fascinating Ways Animals Greet Each Other

Frontier | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Frontier

A handshake, a kiss on the cheek, a bow... We humans have many different ways of greeting each other, depending on context and culture. Animals, too, have a huge variety of greetings, some eerily similar to ours and some specific to their species. Here are the different ways in which animals say "hello" to each other.

Five Golden Habits for Daily Life: Because Our Thoughts Become Our Actions

Anna Roth | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

How conscious are you in your experience of daily life? Do you have fun? Do you create exciting projects and share your time with those you love? Or are you unhappy? Are you always complaining about loss? Are you waiting for somebody else to make the move that will take you out of your comfort zone to a better place?

Shocking Footage Shows Worker Throwing Cat To The Ground After Rescue

The Huffington Post UK/KTLA | Ryan Barrell | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Shocking footage has emerged from Los Angeles showing a government worker rescue a cat from a telephone pole then throw it to the street below. ...

Extraordinary Newborns: Their First Steps Put to the Test

Frontier | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Frontier

Barnacle Geese are a species which I personally was taken aback by. If any of you have seen the new series called 'Life Story,' presented by Sir David Attenborough, then you know very well that this species in particular is one which leaves you utterly mesmerized. Check it out the video below.

Seals Are Sexually Assaulting Penguins. Seriously....

Barcroft TV | Chris York | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK

Astonishing footage reveals an enormous seal forcing itself onto a king penguin. Four separate observations were made of individual Antarctic fur seal...

It's a Dog's Life

Christina Miller | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Miller

This summer, we decided to do a road trip around the UK. Jake hopped in the back of the car, all of us prepared to rough it in a tent; we had no idea that so many hotels were dog friendly - our "working" dog ended up living the high life at some of the UK's finest hotels! It got me thinking: given the choice, where would dogs go on holiday?

Join Me in WWF's Battle to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

Andy Murray | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Andy Murray

As illegal wildlife trade has grown and become more organised, it's now the fourth largest illegal transnational trade worldwide after drugs, counterfeiting and people trafficking. According to WWF, the equivalent of about three rhinos were poached every day in 2013. As someone who is very passionate about animals this is something that I really don't like hearing about. The illegal trade in animal parts is the biggest threat to many species and must be stopped. I decided to get more involved and support WWF because I love wildlife. I have since I was a kid.

What Does Your Dog Do Which Makes You Scream (And Then Cuddle Them)?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

All dog owners will know that looking after a pooch has its ups and downs. When our woofers are game for fireside snuggles, we can’t get enough o...

Horses: The Ultimate Career Changers

Frontier | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Frontier

Horses have been a part of human history from the very beginning. They have witnessed wars between countries and bled for kings and queens to whom they meant little. Horses allowed us to get from one place to another in a time when cars and trains were no more than science fiction.

Vegan: The New Status Quo?

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmijn de Boo

The risk of early death is 40% lower in people consuming more than seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Vegetables are especially important, and some studies show that raw vegetables (salads) are particularly protective. The lower risk of early death is primarily due to a lower risk in heart disease. Vegans typically also have lower body weights, lower risk of developing Type II diabetes, and they experience other health benefits.

PHOTOS: The Best News Pictures Of The Week

The Huffington Post UK | Elliot Wagland & Tahira Mirza & Michael Cripps | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

Pictures of the week brings you the best images over the past seven days from around the world, chosen by our very own photo editors, Elliot Wagland, ...