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Pilots asked to avoid Edinburgh Zoo for mating animals

Pilots are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo to avoid disturbing the animals during mating season.

The Civil Aviation Authority has published a Notice To Airmen (NoTam) - usually issued to alert aircraft pilots to potential hazards along flight routes - requesting pilots to not to fly in the area above the zoo if possible.

Edinburgh's giant panda Tian Tian is thought to be in the early stages of pregnancy.
Edinburgh's giant panda Tian Tian is thought to be in the early stages of pregnancy. Credit: PA

A spokeswoman told The Herald newspaper the notice was particularly relevant at this time of year, when the noise from from low-flying planes and helicopters increases because of visitors to the city's famous festival.

"Edinburgh Zoo has a NoTam in place over its airspace to prevent disturbance to all animals in the collection, yet it is mainly asked in consideration of the breeding penguin colony," she said.

The highly-anticipated pregnancy of the zoo's giant panda Tian Tian is also thought to be a factor in the request.

Tian Tian was artificially inseminated on April 13 and last week it was revealed that "the latest scientific data" suggests she is pregnant.

Newborn baby stuns doctors by holding her own bottle

A baby girl has amazed doctors with her ability to hold her own feeding bottle.

Two-week-old Ammra was able to grasp her bottle alone just three days after she was born at Queen's Hospital, Romford in Essex, her mother Onyi Chiedozie said.

Two-week-old Ammra, pictured with mum Onyi Chiedozie, was holding her own bottle at three days old.
Two-week-old Ammra, pictured with mum Onyi Chiedozie, was holding her own bottle at three days old. Credit: SWNS

The 20-year-old, who is using a combination of breast and bottle feeding, said doctors and nurses were stunned by the baby's ability to master her strong grip so soon after she was born.

Baby Ammra holding her own feeding bottle.
Baby Ammra holding her own feeding bottle. Credit: SWNS

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111-year-old from Japan named world's oldest man

An 111-year-old retired teacher from Japan has been officially named the world's oldest living man.

Sakari Momoi has been officially named the oldest man in the world.
Sakari Momoi has been officially named the oldest man in the world. Credit: PA

Sakari Momoi, who was born on February 5, 1903, received a certificate from Guinness World Records today.

He succeeds Alexander Imich, of New York, who died in April at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

The world's oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

Father-of-five Mr Momoi used to work as a high school principal near Tokyo. He now lives in a nursing home.

Supermarket 'swaps salad for booze' for festival-goers

A supermarket in Reading has reportedly filled its salad aisles with alcohol ahead of an expected onslaught of festival-goers this weekend.

A local branch of Tesco is ready for a deluge of revellers, as store managers have created a special 'Festival Shop' that appears to have replaced part of the vegetable isles.

Reading resident Timothy Jeffcoat told the Independent that salad baskets have been filled with Jagermeister and potato boxes are now home to bottles of vodka.

“The store is chaos during the festival, and if it’s wet, it gets really trashed too,” he said.

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