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Grass snake 'not a happy chap' after getting caught in netting

The tangled grass snake found in Suffolk. Credit: RSPCA.

A grass snake had to be rescued after getting tangled in netting above a pond in Suffolk.

The RSPCA was called out after the 3ft-long reptile was spotted thrashing about in Chillesford earlier this month.

Inspector Natalie Bartle cut him out and let him swim away.

"The grass snake was not a happy chap when I arrived to free him. Snakes are naturally shy and reserved so to be exposed like that and unable to free himself was obviously really stressing him out.

"At this time of year when the weather gets warmer, snakes like grass snakes and adders will head to damp, cool places like ponds to manage their internal temperature, but of course they can get tangled up as in this case."

– Natalie Bartle, RSPCA inspector.

She urged families to replace their garden netting with solid metal mesh which is considered safer for wildlife.

Dog owner sought after little boy bitten in face

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Police are urging a dog owner to get in touch after a five-year-old boy was bitten in the face in Northampton.

At around 8am on Wednesday, May 17, the boy was walking with his father in Foxwell Square, where a woman was also walking her dog.

The boy approached the dog and asked the woman if he could stroke it.

The woman agreed, and after the boy had stroked the dog he got up, at which point the dog suddenly jumped up and bit the boy to the face.

The boy required stitches following the attack.

Police said the woman had tried to help but, because the child was upset, no details were exchanged.

Officers have urged her to get in touch. Her dog was a Staffordshire Bull terrier, sandy in colour and called Rosie or Roxy.


Sealife centre welcomes new baby penguin to flock

Pip was born weighing just 92 grams. Credit: Hunstanton Sealife Centre

Hunstanton Sealife Centre in Norfolk has welcomed a new baby penguin to their flock.

Pip was born weighing just 92 grams to Humboldt penguins Charlie and Jerome.

Staff chose the name, which could be changed to Pippa if the penguin is a girl, in honour of Pippa Middleton’s marriage to James Matthews.

Pip was born to Humboldt penguins Charlie and Jerome. Credit: Hunstanton Sealife Centre

“The whole team is bursting with joy at the arrival of our first ever penguin chick - we are all beaming like we are new parents ourselves!

"Humboldt penguins are an extremely vulnerable species and it is the first time we have had a penguin chick here at the Sanctuary.”

– Hollie Stephenson, Aquar


Norfolk based bird charity launches £1.7 million fundraising campaign

A Norfolk-based bird charity has launched a £1.7 million fundraising campaign to buy the wildlife-rich land surrounding its existing nature reserve.

The Hawk and Owl Trust, at Sculthorpe near Fakenham, hopes to raise £850,000 to buy the fen by asking people to sponsor a parcel of land.

More money will be needed to manage the site and put in necessary infrastructure.

"The Moor has been managed by Hawk and OwlTrust since 2001, and is surrounded by a large area of rough farmland, fen and plantation. We have recently been lucky enough to be offered the chance to buy that land. If it is sold on the open market it would have devastating consequences for the existing reserve, in terms of land use, access issues and even our ability to manage our own reserve, as we can’t do that without coming across the neighbouring land.”

– Nigel Middleton, Reserve Manager
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