Bee-eating bear who's clearly got life licked

At first glance, this bear looks like she has taken a shine to the bark of the tree she is lazing about in.

But the amusing image is in fact the creature's best attempt at stifling a yawn as she woke up from a snooze at Miami Zoo in Florida.

Photographer Adrian Tavano captured Kala, a 19-year-old Malayan sun bear, as she emerged from a nap and opened her mouth.

Sun bears usually employ their tongue, which can reach up to ten-inches, to eat termites hidden deep inside trees.

Mr Tavano, 39, from Miami, said: 'The bear exhibit is very nice and visitors have a clear view of the animals.

'Kala loves to sleep on top of this tree, which was about 20 metres from where I was.

'I think she had just woken up and had a yawn, so she is not licking the tree but it looks like it.'

Pet cat spends 24 hours on a road sign 50ft off the ground

A curious cat used up all of its nine lives after getting stuck on a 50ft-high traffic sign above a busy motorway.

Police and animal lovers launched a major rescue operation after the puss spent 24 hours trapped on the sign alongside the M4.

Traffic officers set up a rolling roadblock as a crane was brought in to reach the frightened moggy.

Scaffolder Hugh Norville, 47, who went up in the crane lift, said: 'I was shocked when I saw him up there - you certainly don’t expect to see a cat perched above the M4.

'But we couldn’t have just left him up there. He was cold and scared, he could have died, I wasn’t going to let that happen.'

Brave Hugh climbed onto the concrete sign platform at Briton Ferry, near Swansea, armed with a tin of cat food to tempt the pet down.

He said: 'He was well-looked after - what made him climb onto the sign is a complete mystery.

'But whoever owns him should re-name him Lucky because he’s used all his nine lives up in one go.'

The cat was handed over to the RSPCA who returned him to his relieved owner today.

A spokeswoman said: 'The cat was well and truly stuck - but everyone pulled out all the stops to bring him down.

'It just just goes to show what a nation of animal lovers we are.'

Carving out a niche for himself, the artist uses chainsaw to create his masterpieces on TREES

A master craftsman has carved out a unique niche for himself turning trees into works of art using a heavy duty chainsaw.

Andy O'Neill, 40, spends days at a time creating each of his remarkable tree treats by carving the sculptures from felled logs.

Once completed, each piece of his art can fetch anywhere between £300 to £5,000 a time.

Andy is currently working at the National Pinetum in Bedgebury Forest, Kent - where he is carving seven sculptures including an enormous adder, a roman shield and sword and some other intricate designs, all with his trusty chainsaw

Wood carver Andy hails from Bristol but is currently living in a caravan in Bedgebury Forest, said: 'I've been doing this for four years and it's really something I love.

'As a schoolboy I wanted to do woodwork for O Level, but they didn't have enough pupils to make up a class, so I did art instead.

'I became a graphic designer and then a tree surgeon after leaving school, but wanted to carve myself a different path and combined my art with my love of forestry.

'My tallest creation was a 25ft tall totem pole that I carved out of a condemned beech tree - that was a real labour of love.

'As an artist I am in my own bubble - I've created my own style as I go along.

'Using a chainsaw instead of a paint brush puts me apart from most other artists straight away.'

In the New Year, visitors to Bedgebury's National Pinetum will be able to see Andy's chainsaw masterpieces at the free to enter forest.

The Pinetum is a recreational and conservational arboretum and was established as the National Conifer Collection in 1925 and is now recognised as the most complete collection of conifers on one site anywhere in the world.

The collection has over 10,000 trees growing across 320 acres (1.3 km2), including rare, endangered and historically important specimens of pines, conifers and firs.

Bedgebury National Pinetum conducts conservation work and is home to some 56 vulnerable or critically endangered species along with Andy's astonishing art work.