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Love to hate

London, Sept. 9 (Reuters): Take a bunch of C-list celebrities, pump up their egos, dump them in an Australian rainforest and what do you get' — a surefire television ratings winner.

From a lesbian comedian to an Israeli psychic, from a boxing champion to a glamourous model, it was the perfect cocktail for Britain’s TV hit of the summer. I’m A Celebrity .. Get Me Out of Here! proved an irresistible lure for up to eight million viewers who every night would pick out the celebrity they loved to hate. Each loser was then expelled from the jungle camp. “Ritual humiliation in the interests of public entertainment and personal gain,” the Sunday Times newspaper said of the fly-on-the-wall survival show that eliminated one celebrity a night in a telephone popularity poll.

Zoo flood

Prague (Reuters): Visitors were allowed through the gates of the Prague Zoo this weekend for the first time since mid-August, when flooding forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 animals. Zoo officials said the heavy death toll caused by the rushing waters — 135 birds, an elephant, two hippos, a lion, a seal and a gorilla — was still apparent from the many empty cages across the site. Some animals have yet to be returned to the riverside zoo because of stress from the flooding. “We hope visitors will understand that they will not be able to tour the entire zoo grounds... (but) really, we need to return to normal life,” zoo spokesman Vit Kahle said.

Mussel power

Leicester (Reuters): Veterinarians have harnessed the power of New Zealand green lip mussels to produce a dog food that helps to relieve arthritis pain suffered by ageing canines around the globe. An many as one-fifth of the 4.8 million dogs in Britain alone experience the painful inflammation of the joints, which is particularly prevalent in large breeds and older dogs. But veterinarians and scientists at Waltham, the pet care side of US candy and food maker Mars Inc, said they had produced a food using New Zealand green lip mussels to ease the suffering of man’s best friend. It includes an extract from the flesh of the mussels that has been processed in a special way. It has been used for several years to alleviate the pain of arthritis in humans. “We know that over 50 per cent of dogs over the age of eight start to develop arthritis in various joints,”Dr Karyl Hurley said.


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