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Appeal after 'beloved' pet cat has ear 'cut off'

Lola is a rescue cat. Credit: RSPCA.

The RSPCA’s appealing for information after a Suffolk family’s cat had an ear sliced off and the other severely cut.

Rescue cat Lola, who’s four or five years old, was found on Cavan Road in Ipswich on 8 February. Both her ears were cut – one removed completely.

This was a shocking attack on a beloved family pet. At the moment we have very little information as to who did this, so the police and I are urging anybody who may know something, to get in touch.

It’s completely horrific to carry out such a nasty act of cruelty on this poor cat.

– RSPCA inspector Jason Finch
Vets described the injury as a 'clean cut'. Credit: RSPCA.

Anyone with any information can contact the RSPCA on 0300123 8018, or Suffolk Police on 101.

Cat dies after being shot with air gun

Albus died of his injuries after he was shot with an airgun Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A pet cat's died after he was shot with an air gun in Hatfield.

Just before 6pm on Monday, February 6, an injured cat was discovered in the rear garden of a property in Homestead Road. The cat, named Albus, had been shot with a pellet gun and subsequently died from his injuries.

Albus was taken to the vet by his owner and an X-ray revealed that a pellet had caused significant internal injuries and bleeding. Sadly the cat died from his injuries. “I am appealing for anyone who has information about this incident, believes they know who is responsible or heard any noises, that could have been a pellet gun firing, in the area around the time stated to contact me via the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B2/17/615.”

– PC Kelly Woodward

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Rare mammal thriving in parts of Essex/Suffolk countryside

See ITV Anglia reporter, Kate Prout's report here

Dormouse numbers have dwindled dramatically over the last few decades.

One of our rarest mammals is thriving in some of the most unlikely parts of Essex.

Dormouse numbers have dwindled dramatically in the last century but there are 35 known colonies in Essex and parts of Suffolk. Including one near the Greenstead housing estate in Colchester where they nest in the woody scrubland.

The A12 corridor in Essex & Suffolk is seeing the tiny creatures thrive Credit: ITV News Anglia

Did you know that dormice are so rare you need a license to handle them? Their habitat is being monitored by the Essex Wildlife Trust.

"What we've really got to do is be aware of our open spaces and allow some of them to remain wild. Don't demand that everything has to be mown flat to look like a bowling green. Because these are the areas that are vital for wildlife"

– Darren Tansley, Essex Wildlife Trust

Hopes for perfect romance: Otto the Rhino brought in to impress the ladies

Otto is on loan from Colchester Zoo Credit: ITV News Anglia

A white Rhinoceros has been brought in to Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire to help with a breeding programme.

Otto is on loan from Colchester Zoo. Staff are hoping he will impress the ladies at the Bedfordshire Safari park.

It comes after the resident male Kai failed to make the right impression.

"The girls did quite like him but unfortunately he's never had any calves, ever sired any calves before. He was doing all the right moves but unfortunately we had nothing come back. So hopefully our new bull, Otto, will be able to do the job for us."

– Tom Robson, Woburn Safari Park

New 'Centre for elephant care' to open at Whipsnade Zoo

New 'Centre for elephant care' to open Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The elephants at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable will be packing their trunks this spring to move into a £2million enclosure.

The 'Centre for Elephant Care' will feature a new barn and viewing platform for visitors, all set in 20 acres of grass paddocks.

The new centre includes the following:

  • Soft sand flooring for comfort
  • Dimming lights to mimic night-time conditions
  • Feeding pods to release food regularly during the night
  • Six giaan oak trees for scratching posts.

The new centre will also have balcony viewing so visitors can watch the her. It's due to open at Easter.

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Figures reveal crimes against wild birds still high

A red-footed falcon. Credit: RSPB/Mark Sisson

The latest figures from the RSPB show there were more than 40 crimes involving wild birds committed in the East of England in 2015.

More than half relate to the shooting, trapping or poisoning of birds of prey.

The charity offered up a £1,000 reward following the shooting of a rare red-footed falcon in Cambridgeshire in September 2015.

The shooter has yet to be found.

The numbers in the report speak for themselves, and sadly they show that illegal raptor persecution is something that still happens here in the East of England and throughout the UK.

It is well past time that illegal killing of birds of prey was consigned to the history books. I hope the government will respond to this latest call for action to see this happen.

– Phil Pearson, RSPB Senior Conservation Officer in Eastern England

Swan rescued by lifeboat team after getting stuck in river

The animal was discovered covered in mud. Credit: RSPCA

A swan had to be rescued by a lifeboat rescue team after getting stuck a river bank in Essex.

It was spotted covered in mud and looking unwell at the bank of the River Colne in Colchester.

A RSCA officer tried to free the swan, but had difficulty getting to the animal, it was on the other side of the river.

By coincidence, a lifeboat lifeboat rescue team was passing by and was able to reach it.

The RSPCA say the would not have been able to survive had it not been rescued.

“I don’t know exactly what happened to this swan but she was clearly in trouble and completely exhausted. She could barely hold her head up, she was so tired.

“She was so caked in mud she wasn’t a white swan anymore, and her feathers were so saturated with water that she could not swim.

“I was amazed at the luck of these RNLI boatman coming by just at the right moment. I flagged them down and they were fantastic - very happy to help."

“It made all the difference that we could get a boat ride out to a spot where they could wade in and rescue her - she was in a difficult spot to access otherwise.”

– Lucy Fackerell, RSPCA Animal Collections Officer

The swan was taken to a local wildlife centre to recover. She is expected to be released back to the wild.

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