Campaigners are hoping to build a monument of Félicette, the only cat to survive space travel. But she’s not the only creature deserving of commemoration

There is hardly any good news any more, so it was pleasing to hear of a crowdfunding campaign to raise money – £40,000 – for a bronze statue to honour Félicette, the first cat in space. Félicette survived her escapades – the only cat ever to do so – and returned to live in Paris in 1963 as a cause célèbre, nine lives still intact. Laika who? Inspired by this fearless feline, here are some animal peers also deserving of a monument.

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