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The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England. Credit: Getty Editorial "They are beautiful finds, as they represent a snapshot, a single moment in history," said Nick Daffern, a senior project manager with Wardell Armstrong Archaeology. "It is lovely to imagine some irate person chasing a dog or some other animal away from their freshly made tiles." The artifacts, which could be nearly 2,000 years old, were found in the Blackfriars area of Leicester, the English city where the long-lost bones of King Richard III were discovered under a parking lot in 2012. Wardell...

What's the best wood for constructing beds? According to chimpanzees, one wood is superior to all others for beds: Ugandan ironwood. Credit: Getty Creative And chimps should know. They make their own beds and sleep in them too, as the old saying goes. Each chimp is a bed builder. They seem to be picky as well. RELATED: Say Cheese! Similarities of Human, Primate Expressions "Chimpanzees, like humans, are highly selective when it comes to where they sleep," David Samson of the University of Nevada said in a press release. "This suggests that, for apes, there is something inherently attractive about a comfortable bed - down to what kind of wood you use to make it." Samson and colleague...

WASHINGTON - It's Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats -- rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. Credit: Getty Creative "Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty," said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined with fresh newspapers. "If they're hungry and they haven't seen traps before, they're not hard to catch," she explained. "But some of them are very smart. There's a female I've been trying to get for a couple of years now and I haven't been able to get her yet." Within 20 minutes, a young gray cat takes the bait -- and by Sunday lands on a veterinary...

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning cat owners against keeping Easter lilies in their home during the upcoming holiday, as that plant and others of the Lilium and Hemerocallis genera are toxic to felines. Credit: Getty Creative While lilies are not as toxic to dogs, they are a serious threat to cats in any household, as reported by LiveScience. Even licking pollen from the plant or eating one of the leaves can cause acute kidney failure in felines. "The first symptom of lily toxicity in cats is vomiting," said FDA veterinarian Melanie McLean. "If you have lilies in your home, checking for missing petals or chewed leaves can tell you whether your cat has found the flowers." If...

LONDON - Police were searching Saturday for thieves who broke into a house in northern England and stole five Chihuahuas, including the "best puppy in breed" champion at this year's Crufts competition. Chihuahuas at Crufts. Credit: Getty Editorial Valenchino Chihuahua Xena was snatched along with four other dogs on Thursday. Between them they are thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds (dollars, euros), although owner Mal Hilton said he was more concerned that they would come to harm. "I'm 65 years old and I haven't cried for years until now. They are just like our children. We are devastated by this and we just want them back," he said. He said thieves broke into his house in...

KUALA LUMPUR - China has postponed plans to send a pair of pandas to Malaysia next week, a minister said Friday, as bilateral relations remain uneasy over the disappearance of flight MH370. Credit: Getty Editorial The two countries agreed in 2012 that China would send the giant pandas for a 10-year stay in Malaysia, in Beijing's latest use of "panda diplomacy" to cement ties with other countries. But Malaysia's environment minister G. Palanivel told AFP: "They (China) are waiting for the results of MH370. "They will delay the arrival," he said in a text message. "They might send in late May." In a separate public statement, Palanivel said China and Malaysia have agreed that the giant...