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Palmerston the Cat lives and works in a UK government office. He has finally returned after taking six months’ stress leave.

The black and white cat was forced to take a break from work after he was overloaded with treats given to him by government employees. 

Palmerston announced his return from his Twitter account on Monday.

“I am happy to announce that I will be returning to my Chief Mouser duties at the @foreignoffice this week!”

But employees will have to follow special ‘Palmerston Protocols’ to avoid a repeat of overindulgence.

Most importantly, no-one other than his carers are allowed to feed Palmerston. 

A toy carrot has caused chaos at supermarkets across the United Kingdom as thousands queued for hours to snap up the cuddly vegetable.

People lined up from 6am to try and get their hands on ‘Kevin the Carrot’ from Aldi supermarkets.

The toys retail for £19.99 (NZ$38), but many missed out due to their popularity.

Although customers were limited to purchasing two toys each, all toys are thought to have sold out!

What would your ‘must-have’ present be for Christmas?

Scientists have found that dolphins, like humans, have a dominant right-hand side.

About 90% of humans are right-handed.

Now researchers have found common bottlenose dolphins appear to have an even stronger right-side bias than humans.

Researchers studying the common bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas say the right-handed preference shows for feeding and hunting.

During the study, the dolphins make a sharp and sudden turn before digging in with their beaks. Crucially, they found this turn is almost always to the left, with the same direction taken in more than 99% of the 709 turns recorded between 2012 and 2018.

The researchers say the findings indicate a right-side bias, since a left turn keeps a dolphin’s right eye and right side close to the ocean floor.

A “unicorn” dog with an extra tail on its face has become an internet star.

An image of the dog was put on the internet after being rescued from the streets.

Narwhal the puppy was found with another older dog in the “freezing cold” by Missouri-based non-profit Mac’s Mission.

Rescuers quickly noticed the extra tail on his face and sent him in for tests.

They found the tail was not connected to anything else. However, it can not wag.

“The unicorn face tail does not bother Narwhal and he never slows down just like any normal puppy.

Two British men have been sent to prison after finding treasure worth around $6million NZD.

The pair were sent to prison for nearly 20 years because they failed to notify authorities about their find.

Some of the coins and jewellery found in farmland in central England were more than 1100 years old.

George Powell, 38, and Layton Davies, 51, made the find while using metal detectors on a farm in Leominster, central England.

British law requires that such discoveries must be declared to the landowner and reported to the local authorities.

But the men kept the find to themselves and began to sell the coins to the market.

Powell was jailed for 10 years and Davies for 8 and a half years.

A couple of aviation enthusiasts have been married on a plane.

David and Cathy Valliant said “I do” 37,000 feet in the air. The pair got married during a flight from Australia to New Zealand.

David is from Australia and Cathy from New Zealand. They made the decision to get married exactly halfway between their two countries.

The wedding was 8 years after they met online playing an aviation-themed video game. 

The ceremony took place on a flight operated by Jetstar, an Australian budget airline. 

It was attended by regular passengers who were told about the ceremony in advance, as well as the couple’s friends and family.

A video of the big day was captured and posted on the Jetstar YouTube channel. 

It was their interest in airplanes that brought the couple together.

A British man has become the first person to run a marathon in every country in the world.

Nick Butter, 30, has run 196 marathons in 196 countries.

He started in Canada in January 2018 and finishing in Greece on Sunday.

He was inspired to do it to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK after a friend was diagnosed with the disease.

Mr Butter said he was “overwhelmed” to have finished, after he crossed the finishing line of the Athens marathon.

He chose Athens for his final run due to it being “the home of the marathon”.

So far he has raised more than $130,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

During his amazing feat, Mr Butter used 10 passports, took 455 flights, ran through 15 war zones and was mugged twice. He was even bitten by a dog.

He said he was now planning to continue running “one or two marathons a week” because he “loves to run”.

The most expensive house in the USA has gone on sale.

A 40,000 sq ft (3700sq m) mansion in Bel-Air has been listed for NZ$352m.

This is the highest price for a residential property in the United States.

The luxurious Los Angeles home, known as Casa Encantada, sits on eight acres of land and boasts 60 rooms which each have city, ocean or garden views.

It also features a pool house with a screening room and bar, a tennis court, basketball court, Koi ponds and a number of guest houses.

The previously most expensive home was an estate in Holmby Hills, which went for $120m in July.

The most expensive private residence in the world will not be up for sale though. Valued at £1bn, the Queen’s residence of Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, which includes 52 bedrooms, 19 state rooms, 188 staff rooms and 78 bathrooms.

A woman in California has been found living with 320 rats.

Authorities in California found the animals had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into seats and gnawed the engine wiring.

The lady living in the van has agreed to give them up after “asking for help” from a local charity.

The animals had reportedly been seen coming and going from the van and prompted complaints from people in the area.

Authorities collected about 320 rats and more than 100 are now up for adoption.

The woman has found a new place to stay.

A nine-year-old boy will become the youngest ever graduate from a university at the end of this year.

Laurent Simons will complete his electrical engineering degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in December. 

Laurent, who is half Dutch and half Belgian lives in Amsterdam.  

He has an IQ of at least 145.

Professors from the US’s best universities are already trying to get Laurent to go to their Universities.

Laurent loves playing video games like Fortnite and Minecraft.

Laurent, dreams of becoming a heart surgeon or astronaut when he grows up.

The current world record for a university graduate is aged 10 by Michael Kearney, who completed a degree at the University of Alabama in 1992.