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Seven-foot snake found dumped in a pillow case

The seven-foot long boa constrictor Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a jogger found a snake dumped inside a pillow case on in St Neots.

The seven-foot long boa constrictor was found in bushes by a footpath in Riverside Park.

RSPCA inspector Stephen Reeves said: “Sadly this is not unusual for us to be called to collect an abandoned snake. We believe people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are, and once they grow in size they can no longer cope."

The snake has been taken to South Essex Wildlife Hospital for care and will remain there until a new home can be found.

Anyone with information as to who may own the snake or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously is urged to call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Officers save dog found abandoned on roadside

The fawn coloured mongrel was found by officers from the Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit Credit: BCH Roads Policing/Twitter

A dog has been saved from freezing to death after being rescued by police officers in Cambridgeshire.

The mixed breed greyhound was abandoned at the side of the road on a rural road on Sunday.

Officers say he may have not survived the night in the freezing conditions.

He was found by officers from the Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit and is now in a warm and safe place.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101.

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Polluted coastlines: Essex and Suffolk have some of the worst

New figures show record levels of litter on our beaches.

Research from the Marine Conservation Society found that Essex and Suffolk have some of the most polluted coastlines in the country.

The results were from the 'Great British Beach Clean' and experts warn if the problem isn't tackled it will have devastating effects on wildlife and could even enter our food chain.

Watch ITV News Anglia's Becky Jago interviewing Luca Bonaccorsi from the Marine Conservation Society.

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'World's smallest donkey' causes big stir in Cambridgeshire

Donkey Ottie is now 8-months-old Credit: ITV Anglia

A tiny donkey - thought to be the world's smallest - is becoming a huge attraction at his home in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire.

Little Ottie is now eight months old and is just 16 inches tall.

He is a Miniature American and one day his owner Cheryl Griffiths hopes he will star in local shows and nativity plays.

And why is he called Ottie? Because he's Donkey Ottie, of course!

Zoo keeper's deadly disease triggered after saving animals abroad

Rebecca Willers has a rare disease which may have been picked up while help save tigers in Indonesia. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A zoo owner who's dedicated her life to saving animals is left with a deadly disease after she was bitten by an insect in the jungle.

It is thought Rebecca Willers's condition was triggered while she was helping to combat tiger poaching on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

It's left the director of Shepreth Zoo in Cambridgeshire with a disease that could kill her and which is already having a major impact on her life.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

An untreatable medical condition which is likely to end, or at least shorten, her life.

Probably triggered by an insect bite or parasite Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis causes Rebecca's immune system to attack healthy cells.

Penguin reunion but 'Dippy' the eldest has cold feet

A group of penguins, who were split up and sent to two Norfolk Sea Life centres, when a wildlife park closed down on the Isle of Wight, have been reunited in Great Yarmouth.

The humboldt penguins will now live at the Sea Life centre in Yarmouth while their home is refurbished at the Hunstanton centre.

Staff say they all settled in quickly, but Dippy who already lives in Great Yarmouth and who is the eldest penguin at 22 years old, was a little bit anxious about the new penguins coming into his new home.

Staff release penguins into their new enclosure in Great Yarmouth Credit: ITV News Anglia

''Dippy is our eldest penguin, he's 22 and he's also a bit of a superstar and he kind of wanted reassurance. Who are all these penguins and am I still your favourite and of course he is.''

– Darren Gook, Senior Marine Biologist
One of the penguins happily taking the plunge Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Humbodlts are very sociable birds and they'll love being part of a bigger flock for a few months while the work is carried out at Hunstanton. We're expecting lots of bill tapping and friendly honking at each other. They've a lot to catch up on."

– Terri Harris, Great Yarmouth Sea Life General Manager

Dippy suffers from arthritis, and a gently sloping 'disabled access ramp' has been provided from him at the Great Yarmouth centre.

Staff trying to persuade 'Dippy' to get into the water Credit: ITV News Anglia
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