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Eagle flies into woman's living room

9th June 2014
A woman is left "quite shocked" when an eagle flies into her living room while she is watching the French Open tennis championship.

Male faces 'evolved to take punches'

9th June 2014
The faces of our male ancestors evolved certain features as a defence against fist fights, according to an argument put forward by US researchers.

Rats regret bad decisions, study says

8th June 2014
Rats experience regret when their poor decisions make them miss out on better food options, a study finds.

'Coughing' asthmatic parrot stolen

8th June 2014
Police search for three stolen parrots, including an asthmatic one that could die without its medication.

VIDEO: Polar bear's-eye view of Arctic life

8th June 2014
The US Geological Survey has released the first video footage ever ''filmed'' by a polar bear - in the Beaufort Sea, near Alaska.

Bumper barn owl brood celebrated

8th June 2014
Conservationists celebrate as barn owls successfully hatch twice as many chicks on a Cambridgeshire farm as they did the previous year.

RSPB: 'We did not kill 22 birds'

6th June 2014
RSPB Scotland says "outrageous rumours" have been spread accusing it of accidentally killing birds of prey.

First cathedral chick leaves nest

6th June 2014
The first of four peregrine falcon chicks nesting on Norwich Cathedral takes its maiden flight.

Blind cavefish are able to 'count'

6th June 2014
Blind cave-dwelling fish found in Somalia are able to recognise differences in quantities, say scientists.

Red squirrel activist wins top award

5th June 2014
Protecting the red squirrels of Anglesey has won a retired academic physicist a top award from a conservation charity.

Mudslide kills 'parrot of the night'

5th June 2014
NZ Landslide kills critically endangered kakapo parrot.

400km-trip tortoise escapes pulping

5th June 2014
A tortoise thought to have travelled almost 300 miles in the back of a lorry from Devon is saved moments before being pulped at a Norfolk recycling plant.

Pool repairs on hold over bats

5th June 2014
A project to repair a swimming pool's leaking roof is on hold after a colony of bats was discovered there.

Fox behind footwear theft crimewave

5th June 2014
A fox is stealing dozens of shoes in a Leeds suburb and dumping them outside a woman's house.

Camel infection 'led to Mers death'

5th June 2014
Doctors believe they have found the first evidence that a new deadly virus in the Middle East has been transmitted from a camel to people.

'Record sightings' for invasive bee

4th June 2014
Sightings of an invasive bumblebee species in Britain have reached a record high, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust says

Green opposition to coalition plans

4th June 2014
Environmentalists are opposing the government's plans to boost roads, housing and fracking - all announced as part of the Infrastructure Bill.

A genome for the blind mole rat

4th June 2014
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the blind mole rat, a mammal that digs with its teeth, lives for 20 years and has never naturally developed cancer

Church campaign to protect yew trees

4th June 2014
A campaign to help protect yew trees which are often found in churchyards and are hundreds of years old is launched by the Church in Wales.

US man jailed for fossil smuggling

4th June 2014
Fossils dealer Eric Prokopi is jailed for three months for smuggling dinosaur bones into the US including those of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus.