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The RSPCA has called on Virgin Media to withdraw an advert featuring a cartoon image of a lighted firework being used to catapult a tortoise into space, after a copycat (or should that be 'copychelorian'?) incident left an unsuspecting terrapin with head injuries and a cracked shell.

David Bowles, head of the animal welfare charity's external affairs, told The Times: "Sadly, portraying animal abuse in this way affects how some members of the public behave." Despite the terrapin's traumatic ordeal, it is on its way to making a full recovery.

A group of students climbed three breast-shaped mountains in a different take on the traditional three peaks challenge to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. The website This is North Scotland reported that 28 students from Aberdeen and Robert Gordon universities who took part in the 'three breast challenge' raised £2,600. Participants wore bras over their walking clothes when they took on Pap of Glencoe, Meikle Pap and Bennachie mountains.

A pupil banned from lessons after she dyed her hair green for charity claims she wouldn't have been treated so harshly if she'd chosen pink instead.

The Oxford Mail reported that when 15-year-old Kathy Singer streaked her hair green to raise money for Children in Need, teachers at King Alfred's School, Wantage, decided to put her in isolation for breaking the school's dress code.

"The way the school has handled it is very small-minded and hypocritical, because other people in my year have dyed their hair red or pink," said Singer. "They have singled me out because my hair is green.

"My friends and family have been very supportive and given me money. I just want to raise as much as I can." So far, Kathy has raised the grand sum of £40. Still, every little helps.

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