A female racing pigeon from Belgium called New Kim has been sold for a record €1.6m (£1.4m) to a mystery Chinese buyer at an online auction.
Monkeys in a zoo in Finland have shown a "significant" preference for traffic sounds over jungle noises, researchers have found.
A man's pet parrot has saved him from a fire that gutted his house.
A train that shot through a stop block was saved from a dramatic plunge into the water below - by a sculpture of a whale's tail.
A key ally of Brazil's president has been arrested after anti-corruption officers discovered a wad of banknotes in the underpants he was wearing.
A bungling burglar who left behind a rucksack containing his name and address at the scene of a crime has been jailed for four years.