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15:12 UK time, Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Every now and then the papers get preoccupied by the perennial media fodder favourite - odd animals - and today is one of those days.

So it is that Spider cat! is the Daily Mail's headline on page three. It celebrates a cat called Piggy, whose party trick has made her an internet sensation.

Her unusual skill? Being able to walk head-first down a gap between her owners' fridge and the wall.

What makes the story even better, is there is actually a term for this kind of talent. It's called chimneying, according to the British Mountaineering Council, and occurs where climbers put their back against one side of a crack and their feet against the other and edge themselves downwards.

Not content with one animal oddity, the paper also has snaps of a donkey that apparently thinks it's a goat. That's because the donkey, Moses, frequently rears up on his hind legs and waves his front hooves - and is also fond of headbutting. It turns out the strange behaviour is down to the fact the donkey was raised by a family of goats.

The Sun has other animal antics up its sleeve. It saves the tale of a 27st tiger that is a house pet for... page 27. "The Tiger who really did come to tea - and then moved in," the paper says, pointing out the big cat, Enzo, is just like the stripey hero of Judith Kerr's classic children's book.

"He lives as a normal pet, snuggling up on the bed and sprawling asleep on the sofa," the paper goes on, adding that as well as living with its owners, in South Africa, Enzo also lives alongside 14 dogs.

With such an appetite for animal antics out there, Paper Monitor is wondering about getting a pet.

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