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Kittens before death were nursed back to health in protective coats made from babies' socks

These adorable pictures show two kittens being nursed back to health with the help of babies' socks after being found minutes from death. The kittens, George and Elton, were found abandoned in a shed in Osterley, west London two weeks ago, severely malnourished and only a couple of weeks old. Thankfully they are now on the road to recovery - partly thanks to a pair of babies' socks and some clever thinking.

Since their rescue by RSPCA officers, the playful pair have been hand-reared by vet nurse Katrina Devita, who put them in the blue and white socks to keep them warm and to stop them from hurting each other. Ms Devita, based at the RSPCA's animal hospital in Putney, south-west London, has to hand-feed them every two hours, and give them lots of love and attention. Centre manager Sian Anderson said: 'You may wonder about the outfits. 'Unfortunately these two naughty boys have a habit of suckling each other in their sleep and making themselves sore. 'Our nurse came up with these fabulous outfits to help stop the habit. 'They are made from baby socks as they really are that small. As you can see they are very happy and not affected by them.'

Despite the vets' best efforts to stop the kittens from playing with each other, George and Elton are almost inseparable. George and Elton will be available for re-homing in around a month once they are fully weaned, but will have to be kept together because they are so close. Ms Anderson said: 'We are seeing such a high number of kittens coming into our care, and we would like to urge people to remember to get their cats neutered to try and avoid unwanted litters of kittens. 'Hand-rearing is so time intensive and our staff are overwhelmed by the sheer number of cats and kittens that need our help.' The RSPCA is urging people to adopt a kitten rather than buy one because of a surge in abandoned and neglected cats so far this year.

New Craze Sees Beach-Goers In China Wearing Colourful 'Face-Kini' To Protect Skin From Harmful Rays

A balaclava-style mask is the latest trend in China to stop the sun's harmful rays. Coming in a range of colours, the 'Face-Kini', which comes complete with a body suit, covers a swimmer's entire head and neck - down to the collar bone. Holes are cut for eyes, nostrils and mouth, and stops the wearer's face from getting burned - and prevents them getting stung by jellyfish.

Holidaymakers can be seen enjoying the beach in Shandong province's East China Sea. The odd-looking clothing, which was invented around nine years ago, is now under mass production and on sale at swimwear stores along the coast. They are selling factory-made Face-Kinis for 15 to 25 yuan (£1 to to £2.50) each.

Dog survives surgery to have Christmas decorations removed from his stomach

Christmas is a time for overindulgence. But this hungry hound took it too far when he swallowed a foot of fairy lights. Charlie, a seven-year-old crossbreed dog from Southampton, had to be rushed to the operating table and saved by a team of vets who performed life-saving surgery on him.
Owner Sharon Fay, who refers to her dog as the ‘light of her life’, became concerned when she noticed bits of wire sticking out of Charlie's faeces in the garden. The 45-year-old said: ‘I hadn't even noticed that the lights had been chewed at this stage but it quickly became clear what had happened. ‘Back in March he ate one of my scarves and needed an operation to remove it, but I thought it was just a one-off incident as he hadn't shown any signs that he was going to be a repeat offender. I've had dogs all my life and have never known a dog act like this before.’ An X-ray shed light on Charlie's problem - the tangled remains of the decorations showed up in his stomach and would have proved fatal if they were not removed.
PDSA senior veterinary surgeon Sophie Bell said that she had never seen a case like this before. ‘Over the years I've seen plenty of cases of dogs swallowing strange objects - socks, dummies, rubber ducks, but it's the first time any of us have treated a dog that has actually eaten fairy lights,’ she said. ‘A foreign body of this nature could easily have caused severe internal injuries so Charlie was very, very lucky. He was also fortunate that the glass didn't cut his mouth or throat. And he could have been electrocuted if he'd bitten through the wire when the lights were switched on.
‘With the Christmas season upon us, I'd advise owners to keep any edible items out of reach of inquisitive pets to avoid them from becoming ill over the festive season.’ Charlie returned home and has since gone on to make a full recovery, much to the delight of his owner. Ms Fay said: ‘I'll certainly be keeping an extra close eye on him from now on and have Charlie-proofed my house now.’ PDSA is advising pet owners to be extra cautious this Christmas. Its vets see many cases of pets getting their paws on inappropriate festive items every year, ranging from Christmas decorations, chocolate and cocktail sticks to toys, balloons and bones.

'Jesus was gay'! Church sparks outrage with claim son of God 'should come out'

It is the season of glad tidings and forgiveness. But many Christians living in Auckland, New Zealand, are struggling to find goodwill in their hearts for the latest in a series of controversial billboards coming out from the Church of St Matthew in the City. 'It's Christmas. Time for Jesus to come out', the sign proclaims, with an image of baby Jesus as a toddler in a manger, surrounded by a rainbow halo. The billboard was put up by the Reverend Glynn Cardy, who said it was meant to 'lift' the humanity of Jesus. But it is likely to face the same fate as last year's controversial poster - torn down by angry locals.
The Rev's message, while presented in a controversial manner, is to ask if it would change anything for the faithful if Jesus had been gay. He points out that there is no indication about Jesus's sexuality: 'The fact is we don't know what his sexual orientation was.'
This isn't the first time the church has erected a controversial billboard. Last year the church erected one showing the Virgin Mary looking shocked at the results of a pregnancy test. However it did not last long, after an angry protestor tore it down. But Cardy did not mind, especially as the image had already gone viral, seen by millions of people. He said: 'In the internet age though the image will be out there forever. They can do what they want to it.' On this year's billboard, Rev Cardy said that, as homosexuality was not a word until the 1800s, any mention of it in the Bible or other documents would have mistranslations. Fellow Reverend Clay Nelson said the billboard tries to humanise Jesus by getting people to think about the challenges he would have had growing up. He added: 'Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay. 'But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter? 'There is almost nothing in the record of his teachings about sexuality while there is plenty about the perils of being rich. Certainly he always supported the marginalised in society.'
It is not the first time billboards have caused an outrage. In the UK, the gay lobby group Stonewall's bus poster campaign stating 'Some people are gay. Get over it' has raised debates over how far advertising should push a viewpoint. It has led to some controversy, including one Christian bus driver from Rotherham who left a bus-full of angry passengers waiting as he would not drive a bus with the banner on the side. Earlier this year, London Mayor Boris Johnson blocked a Christian group from running a 'Not gay and proud: Get over it' campaign on London buses.

Hilarious snap of cat that look alike Batman

A new dark knight detective has been prowling the rooftops and alleyways of Gotham City: Catman! Reddit user Hamsternose has posted a picture of a cat which bears a striking resemblance to Batman, the wildly popular superhero immortalised in film, video games, animation, TV, a stage show and, of course, comics, The cute, yet mildly intimidating, image took the internet by storm and at one point was even trending on Twitter.
Users of social media sites posted comments like 'now we know what happened to Robin' and 'can we somehow breed more?' However, Bruce Wayne's feline alter ego hasn't quite won over everyone who has seen it. One Reddit user posted: 'This is the most frightening thing I have ever seen.'
Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and made his debut in 1940. Since then he has become of of the world's most beloved superheroes and has even starred in one of the biggest box office smashes of all time. The Dark Knight, featuring Christian Bale as Batman and the late Heath Ledger as his nemesis the Joker, made over $1billion.