Seven times animals made the news in Sunderland, from an 11ft python to a curious crow

Barney the owl, Breeze the lamb and Alfie the parrot

They were cute, quirky and made a stir. That's the pets which grabbed the Echo headlines over the years.

Here are seven of them including an adventurous owl, an adorable lamb and a newly born chinchilla.

They were newspaper stars between 1987 and 2011.

Have a look at these Echo archive photos and then tell us about the pets you've had which were always creating their own news.

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