AS the voice of Fiver in hit movie Watership Down, Richard Briers convinced a generation of children that rabbits were more than simply vermin to be shot.
TWELVE years on from his involvement in the Lions' famous 2-1 series victory over South Africa as assistant to head coach Ian McGeechan, Jim Telfer will be at home in front of his television 6,200 miles away in the Scottish Borders watching the first Test action unfold in Durban with only his wife and a pot of tea for company. Surely a part of him will be wishing he's in South Africa and part of the Class of 2009?
A BABY seal is recovering at an Edinburgh vets after being washed up on Portobello beach.
CANADA'S controversial annual seal hunt has caught only 400 animals because of the warm weather, the government said yesterday.
THE number of young harp seals that Canadian hunters can kill off the country's east coast this year has been cut by a quarter.
EVERY spring, the ice floes off Canada's east coast turn red with the blood of baby seals. And every spring, celebrities, environmentalists and governments demand that Canada end the slaughter.
A WILDLIFE campaigner says the sighting of killer whales in the Firth of Forth last week highlights the plight of the Scottish seal.
THE common seal populations of Shetland and Orkney have suffered a catastrophic collapse in the past five years, but scientists last night admitted they were baffled as to why.
THEIR huge liquid eyes warm even the coldest heart, but the endearing appearance of young harp seals is not enough to spare hundreds of thousands of them from being clubbed and shot to death along Canada's icy north-east coast every year.
CANADA's annual seal cull sees animals killed on an almost industrial scale, and attracts controversy to match.
FRIDAY the 13th proved far from unlucky for staff and visitors at the Scottish Seabird Centre.
AS October arrives and thousands of grey seals haul themselves inland to breed, new figures on what they're eating in the North Sea really couldn't have come at a worse time. The Sea Mammal Research Unit of St Andrews University says seal consumption of commercially important fish has tripled, compared with 20 years ago.
A SALMON fisherman has appeared in court accused of using a high-powered rifle to shoot dead a seal that was basking on a sandbank near his nets.
WELFARE groups have called for tougher laws to protect seals after five were found shot dead on a beach in Orkney.
THE number of common seals in Shetland has fallen by a third in the past decade according to experts, prompting calls for an outright ban on shooting the animals.
SEAL hunters and animal rights activists clashed on the thawing ice floes off the east coast of Canada on the first weekend of the world's largest cull.
SIR Paul McCartney and his wife Heather braved the freezing Canadian ice floes yesterday to beg the country's government to stop the "brutal" annual seal cull there.
SAMMY the seal was something of a curiosity when he first arrived in the river Annan, but his presence soon caused consternation as he started tucking into the local salmon.