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14:35 UK time, Friday, 13 July 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor can't help but notice that the papers have got that Friday feeling, as their perennial favourite - odd animals - is making another appearance.

It is the Daily Express which embraces the theme with the greatest enthusiasm, splashing a picture of a kitten being pushed around in a toy shopping trolley - by another cat.

"Off to the shops... hope we've got enough in the kitty," is its headline.

The Express also has news of "the great ape escape" which caused panic at a German zoo. Apparently five chimps made a ladder out of fallen branches and scaled a wall in a bid for freedom.

The paper says 27 police cars plus ambulances raced to the scene, while zookeepers armed with pepper spray started Operation Round Up, before the chimps were coaxed back into their enclosure.

Its final bit of fodder is the tale of "bird-brained Percy the Pigeon", who flew all the way to Canada when he should have been heading for Cannock.

The prize-winning bird, which was taking part in a 300-mile blue riband race from Fougeres in France, reportedly clocked up 3,000 miles by getting lost.

But it is the Daily Mail that arguably has the oddest story, under the headline "It's Saturday Night Beaver".

It says snaps of a rodent show him doing a convincing impression of John Travolta strutting his stuff in the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever.

All Paper Monitor can conclude is, thank goodness it's nearly the weekend.

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