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The Queen falls victim to a mouse infestation at Buckingham Palace

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Health inspectors have discovered mouse droppings in a cafe for tourists at Buckingham Palace. 

They found the droppings at the pop up Garden Café which overlooks the Queen’s lawns.   

It is thought to be the closest visitors can get to the Queen.  

Officials called in an extermination squad and they were also urged to teach kitchen workers pest control. 

Healthy inspectors found mouse droppings  at the Garden Café which overlooks the Queen's lawns

Healthy inspectors found mouse droppings  at the Garden Café which overlooks the Queen's lawns

Healthy inspectors found mouse droppings  at the Garden Café which overlooks the Queen’s lawns

The cafe charges up to £49 for admission to rooms at the Palace  and allows guests to sit beneath a canopy and enjoy cream teas of smoked salmon and scones.

Bagels, cheesecake and posh pastries topped with a gold-dusted chocolate crown are also on the menu.

The coffee is served in mugs with the Royal logo, as well as a crown-shaped dusting of cocoa powder.

A source told the Mirror: ‘It’s a huge treat – the closest most people can get to Her Majesty. So this is embarrassing.’ 

The Queen is said to be furious at the news

The Queen is said to be furious at the news

Inspectors are believed to have found mouse droppings under a sink and near a dishwasher.

Inspectors are believed to have found mouse droppings under a sink and near a dishwasher.

The Queen is said to be furious at the news. Inspectors are believed to have found mouse droppings under a sink and near a dishwasher

Inspectors are believed to have found mouse droppings under a sink and near a dishwasher.

They said the cafe needed ‘immediate and ongoing’ attention.

Sara Sutton, Westminster council’s director of public protection, said: ‘I was informed this area was not easy to clean as staff were unable to mop due to a large electrical generator stored here.

‘I believe there should be bespoke pest control procedures for the premises taking into account the limitations.’ 

A spokesman for the café said they had now ‘adhered to the guidelines in the report to reduce and control the risk of pests’.

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Burly men show off their ‘dad bods’ while posing with dogs in charity calendar

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A group of men stripped down to their boxers and proudly showed off their ‘dad bods’ to help raise money for a newly-formed dog rescue in Iowa.      

Recently launched by five volunteers, Lucky Bulldogs Rescue is a non-profit that specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating brachycephalic dogs breeds, which are known for having shorter snouts. 

The rescue is promoting its mission by selling cheeky ‘Dad Bods & Rescue Dogs‘ 2020 calendars featuring shirtless guys and adorable pups — just in time for the holidays.   

Christmas is here! Lucky Bulldogs Rescue is promoting its newly-formed non-profit by selling cheeky 'Dad Bods & Rescue Dogs' calendars just in time for the holidays

Christmas is here! Lucky Bulldogs Rescue is promoting its newly-formed non-profit by selling cheeky 'Dad Bods & Rescue Dogs' calendars just in time for the holidays

Christmas is here! Lucky Bulldogs Rescue is promoting its newly-formed non-profit by selling cheeky ‘Dad Bods & Rescue Dogs’ calendars just in time for the holidays

Cute: The 2020 calendar features shirtless guys proudly showing off their 'dad bods' while posing with adorable pups

Cute: The 2020 calendar features shirtless guys proudly showing off their 'dad bods' while posing with adorable pups

Cute: The 2020 calendar features shirtless guys proudly showing off their 'dad bods' while posing with adorable pups

Cute: The 2020 calendar features shirtless guys proudly showing off their 'dad bods' while posing with adorable pups

Cute: The 2020 calendar features shirtless guys proudly showing off their ‘dad bods’ while posing with adorable pups 

Ho, ho, ho! A man named Chris dressed up as a shirtless Santa Claus for his December spread with dogs Panchero, and Judy

Ho, ho, ho! A man named Chris dressed up as a shirtless Santa Claus for his December spread with dogs Panchero, and Judy

Ho, ho, ho! A man named Chris dressed up as a shirtless Santa Claus for his December spread with dogs Panchero, and Judy

For the December shoot, a man named Chris dressed up as a shirtless Santa Claus for a winter wonderland shoot with two dogs, Panchero, and Judy.

The bearded model is decked out in a Santa Hat, red velvet pants with Suspenders, and big black boots to trek through the snow. 

In one photo, he can be seen squatting down next to the pups, who are perched on a chair outside in the snow. One of them is wearing a red and green handkerchief while the other has on a cream knit sweater. 

Other images show him cuddling the two short-nosed dogs underneath his arms.  

They have a type: Lucky Bulldogs Rescue specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating brachycephalic dogs breeds, which are known for having shorter snouts

They have a type: Lucky Bulldogs Rescue specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating brachycephalic dogs breeds, which are known for having shorter snouts

They have a type: Lucky Bulldogs Rescue specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating brachycephalic dogs breeds, which are known for having shorter snouts

New year! A man named Ryan posed with Jett on his lap for the month of January

New year! A man named Ryan posed with Jett on his lap for the month of January

New year! A man named Ryan posed with Jett on his lap for the month of January

Winter wonderland: While he wore red flannel boxers, Jett had on a hat that says 'Chill'

Winter wonderland: While he wore red flannel boxers, Jett had on a hat that says 'Chill'

Winter wonderland: While he wore red flannel boxers, Jett had on a hat that says ‘Chill’ 

Aww: There are also pictures of the dogs by themselves, including Lolo, who fell asleep during her February shoot

Aww: There are also pictures of the dogs by themselves, including Lolo, who fell asleep during her February shoot

Aww: There are also pictures of the dogs by themselves, including Lolo, who fell asleep during her February shoot 

The month of May comes with pictures of a man named Robert posing in the rain with a dog, Lucy. 

He is wearing nothing but black boxer briefs and sunny yellow rainboots while holding a clear umbrella over his head. Meanwhile, little Lucy has on a tiny yellow rain slicker with a hood to cover her head. 

There are also pictures of the dogs by themselves, and one particularly cute shot from April shows Mike and Noodle wearing bunny ears on their heads in honor of Easter.

The 2020 wall calendars are being sold for $20 or $25 depending on the size, and 100 per cent of the proceeds to go the animal rescue. Lucky Bulldogs Rescue is also offering canvas tote bags for $22 and a T-shirt for $25.

Hamming it up: Oscar locked eyes with the camera while posing for March's spread

Hamming it up: Oscar locked eyes with the camera while posing for March's spread

Hamming it up: Oscar locked eyes with the camera while posing for March’s spread 

Ready for spring: A cute shot from April shows Mike and Noodle wearing bunny ears on their heads in honor of Easter

Ready for spring: A cute shot from April shows Mike and Noodle wearing bunny ears on their heads in honor of Easter

Ready for spring: A cute shot from April shows Mike and Noodle wearing bunny ears on their heads in honor of Easter

Rainy day: The month of May comes with pictures of a man named Robert posing in the rain with a dog, Lucy

Rainy day: The month of May comes with pictures of a man named Robert posing in the rain with a dog, Lucy

Rainy day: The month of May comes with pictures of a man named Robert posing in the rain with a dog, Lucy

Strike a pose: Robert is wearing nothing but black boxer briefs and sunny yellow rainboots while holding a clear umbrella over his head

Strike a pose: Robert is wearing nothing but black boxer briefs and sunny yellow rainboots while holding a clear umbrella over his head

Strike a pose: Robert is wearing nothing but black boxer briefs and sunny yellow rainboots while holding a clear umbrella over his head

Little guy: The month of June features a tiny pup sleeping with glasses on its head

Little guy: The month of June features a tiny pup sleeping with glasses on its head

Little guy: The month of June features a tiny pup sleeping with glasses on its head 

Volunteer Lyndsey Wright told DailyMail.com via email that the more funds that they raise, the more dogs they can save from commercial breeding. 

Despite only recently forming, she said the organization already has a ‘handful of foster dogs’ that they are caring for. 

‘Our mission is to rescue as many brachycephalic (short snout) dogs as we can from the commercial breeding system, rehabilitate them, and adopt them our to loving forever homes so they can experience the spoiled pet life after spending their first years being bred,’ she explained.  

Lyndsey said the non-profit focuses on English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, and other short-nosed breeds that they like to ‘the smushie faces.’ 

‘All our dogs are fostered in the homes of volunteers who work hard to gain the dogs’ trust and teach them that positive human interaction is possible while also maintaining medical care and sometimes dealing with dogs with special needs,’ she added.   

Splendor in the grass: One black and white shot from July shows Logan having a picnic with a dog named Rosie

Splendor in the grass: One black and white shot from July shows Logan having a picnic with a dog named Rosie

Splendor in the grass: One black and white shot from July shows Logan having a picnic with a dog named Rosie 

Model behavior: Rosie also got some one-on-one time with the camera during the shoot

Model behavior: Rosie also got some one-on-one time with the camera during the shoot

Model behavior: Rosie also got some one-on-one time with the camera during the shoot 

Hanging out: Tater (pictured) and Franny posed in their dog bowls for their respective August and September shoots

Hanging out: Tater (pictured) and Franny posed in their dog bowls for their respective August and September shoots

Hanging out: Tater and Franny (pictured) posed in their dog bowls for their respective August and September shoots

Hanging out: Tater and Franny (pictured) posed in their dog bowls for their respective August and September shoots

Hanging out: Tater (left) and Franny (right) posed in their dog bowls for their respective August and September shoots 

Feeling fall: Kevin and Willa made quite the pair for the month of October

Feeling fall: Kevin and Willa made quite the pair for the month of October

Feeling fall: Kevin and Willa made quite the pair for the month of October 

Fund: The calendars are being sold for $20 or $25 depending on the size, and 100 per cent of the proceeds to go the rescue. Sir Winston Wooferton is pictured in the November spread

Fund: The calendars are being sold for $20 or $25 depending on the size, and 100 per cent of the proceeds to go the rescue. Sir Winston Wooferton is pictured in the November spread

Fund: The calendars are being sold for $20 or $25 depending on the size, and 100 per cent of the proceeds to go the rescue. Sir Winston Wooferton is pictured in the November spread 

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Ant expert discovers a new species in his own back garden after decades of global searches

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An insect specialist who spends his career travelling the planet in search of new species of ants discovered one in an unexpected location – his own back garden.

Professor Jack Longino has been hunting for ants in countries including Mexico, Colombia, Guyana, Borneo, Australia, Mozambique and Uganda for decades.

He has discovered almost 200 new ant species so far, mostly in Central America.

His latest discovery – which he has called Strumigenys ananeotes – or ‘newly emerged’ was found in his garden in Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA. 

The new ant species, pictured, which is called Strumigenys ananeotes - or 'newly emerged' was found in a private garden in Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA.

The new ant species, pictured, which is called Strumigenys ananeotes - or 'newly emerged' was found in a private garden in Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA.

The new ant species, pictured, which is called Strumigenys ananeotes – or ‘newly emerged’ was found in a private garden in Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA. 

Flabbergasted to find an intriguing new species in his own back garden – he proclaimed – ‘no place is truly known.’

He thinks the ‘extremely rare’ ant had been hiding deep underground for more than a century, but has now emerged due to human interference with the land.

Professor Longino suspects more than 150 years of irrigation and introduced forest may have given the ant courage to once again come to the surface.

For that reason he named the new ant Strumigenys ananeotes – pronounced Stroom-i-jen-knees ana-knee-oat-tees – which means ‘newly emerged.’

The explanation behind the find would make it an unusual example of native species benefiting from human development – rather than being displaced. 

The new species was discovered in a private garden in Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA by an insect specialist who usually has to travel the globe in search of ants

The new species was discovered in a private garden in Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA by an insect specialist who usually has to travel the globe in search of ants

The new species was discovered in a private garden in Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA by an insect specialist who usually has to travel the globe in search of ants

The new species reminded professor Longino of ants he had seen in the tropics or from the deciduous forests of the eastern US.

That lead him to think that the ants had been introduced to the area – possibly through the commercial potting soil – and would be some known species from elsewhere.

But a closer look in the lab revealed that the incredible find was a completely new species, almost certainly native to the region. 

It's thought the species had previously lived well underground but human activity had made it possible for the ant to emerge

It's thought the species had previously lived well underground but human activity had made it possible for the ant to emerge

It’s thought the species had previously lived well underground but human activity had made it possible for the ant to emerge 

Professor Longino said his find proves new and important discoveries could be waiting close to home.

‘Having spent my life scouring tropical rainforests for new species of ants, the last place I expected to find a new species was in my own back yard.

‘It encourages me to stay alert and curious and observant, even in the most ordinary of circumstances.’  

The species - pictured - are similar to ants seen in the tropics or from the deciduous forests of the eastern U.S, according to Dr Longino

The species - pictured - are similar to ants seen in the tropics or from the deciduous forests of the eastern U.S, according to Dr Longino

The species – pictured – are similar to ants seen in the tropics or from the deciduous forests of the eastern U.S, according to Dr Longino

Experts think the Strumigenys ananeotes is related to species from southern Arizona – nearly 1000 miles away from where it was discovered.

It would mean the species may now have a greatly expanded habitat and visibility.

He said he hopes the discovery will encourage others to get on their knees and head out into their own gardens to see what they can discover.

The findings were presented in the journal Western North American Naturalist

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Homeless woman living in SUV receives help from two strangers 

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A homeless woman who was living in an SUV with her two dogs now has her own studio apartment paid for in full for the next two years with the help of two complete strangers. 

Lynn Schutzman, 70, from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is a retired pharmacist with two dogs who found herself living out of her SUV after she was unable to pay her medical bills from multiple health issues. 

Then one day in April, best friends Jennifer Husband-Elsier and Melissa Akacha noticed Schutzman’s SUV parked in their neighborhood, and it inspired the pair to lend a helping hand. 

Heartbreaking: Lynn Schutzman, 70, from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, found herself homeless with two dogs after multiple health issues and the death of her husband

Heartbreaking: Lynn Schutzman, 70, from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, found herself homeless with two dogs after multiple health issues and the death of her husband

Heartbreaking: Lynn Schutzman, 70, from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, found herself homeless with two dogs after multiple health issues and the death of her husband

Lending a hand: Best friends Jennifer Husband-Elsier and Melissa Akacha noticed Schutzman one day in a store parking lot and decided to help

Lending a hand: Best friends Jennifer Husband-Elsier and Melissa Akacha noticed Schutzman one day in a store parking lot and decided to help

Lending a hand: Best friends Jennifer Husband-Elsier and Melissa Akacha noticed Schutzman one day in a store parking lot and decided to help

Her home: Schutzman lived in her SUV because homeless shelters wouldn't accept her dogs

Her home: Schutzman lived in her SUV because homeless shelters wouldn't accept her dogs

Her home: Schutzman lived in her SUV because homeless shelters wouldn’t accept her dogs

The pair decided to first take to Nextdoor, a neighborhood social networking site, to inquire if anyone knew about the elderly woman living in her SUV.

‘Does anyone know anything about the elderly woman with 2 dogs that has recently been living in her car under the covered part of the Target parking lot?’ Husband-Elsier wrote in the group, according to ABC News

‘I spoke to the police and they said she’s been living like this for over 2 years in different areas of [King of Prussia]…It’s an awful scenario. Really, really upsetting,’ her post continued.

Little did Husband-Elsier know, but the post would forever change Schutzman’s life because it inspired the community to help get her off the streets. 

Husband-Elsier and Akacha decided to approach the woman’s vehicle in the days following the post and help her. 

‘Our first question to her was just, ‘Are you OK?’ Husband-Elsier told ABC News. 

According to WBUR, the pair learned from Schutzman that what drove her to live in her car came from her multiple illnesses and the sudden loss of her husband. The SUV was her only option because no housing in her area was affordable and homeless shelters would not accept the woman’s two dogs. 

‘Everybody knew that Lynn was a really wonderful, sweet, loving, giving person who really fell on hard times,’ Husband-Elsier said. ‘That made us confident in our journey to start helping her.’ 

Moving on: The best friends decided to seek the help of neighbors to get the woman out of her SUV and into a home

Moving on: The best friends decided to seek the help of neighbors to get the woman out of her SUV and into a home

Moving on: The best friends decided to seek the help of neighbors to get the woman out of her SUV and into a home 

Heartwarming moment: Video footage showed Schutzman moving into her studio apartment in May after neighbors helped raise money for the place

Heartwarming moment: Video footage showed Schutzman moving into her studio apartment in May after neighbors helped raise money for the place

Heartwarming moment: Video footage showed Schutzman moving into her studio apartment in May after neighbors helped raise money for the place

Heartwarming moment: Video footage showed Schutzman moving into her studio apartment in May after neighbors helped raise money for the place

Heartwarming moment: Video footage showed Schutzman moving into her studio apartment in May after neighbors helped raise money for the place 

Supportive community: '[The community] did a beautiful job. I mean, the apartment is just beautiful with personal touches...I couldn't believe it,' she said

Supportive community: '[The community] did a beautiful job. I mean, the apartment is just beautiful with personal touches...I couldn't believe it,' she said

Supportive community: ‘[The community] did a beautiful job. I mean, the apartment is just beautiful with personal touches…I couldn’t believe it,’ she said 

Home at last: Schutzman, a retired pharmacist, credited the best friends as her 'angels' for making it all happen and getting her into a home

Home at last: Schutzman, a retired pharmacist, credited the best friends as her 'angels' for making it all happen and getting her into a home

Home at last: Schutzman, a retired pharmacist, credited the best friends as her ‘angels’ for making it all happen and getting her into a home 

The pair started a GoFundMe page to help raise money to get Schutzman in a place of her own. In the meantime, they moved her into a hotel room and people in the neighborhood helped out with food and other necessary items. 

It only took 10 days of the inception of the GoFundMe page for the community to raise enough money to get Schutzman her own studio apartment paid for in full for the next two years. 

In May, neighbors worked to help paint and furnish the home before moving the woman in officially. 

Heartwarming footage then showed Schutzman walking into her studio apartment for the first time with her dogs, and she couldn’t help but burst into tears during the moment. 

‘It’s incredible,’ Schutzman told ABC News after living in the apartment for a few months. ‘[The community] did a beautiful job. I mean, the apartment is just beautiful with personal touches…I couldn’t believe it.’

She added: ‘It wouldn’t have happened without these angels. Sometimes, you know, just the kindness of strangers just makes all the difference in someone’s life. 

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