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First grey seal pup of the season born at Blakeney

A National Trust ranger spotted the seal today Credit: National Trust

National Trust rangers at Blakeney Point have been greeted with an unexpected surprise when they came across the first new-born Grey seal of the season.

Historically the first seal pup isn’t usually born until around 31 October/1 November so this one is a full week earlier than last year and breaking the previous earliest recorded date by three days.

This birth heralds the start of Norfolk’s winter wildlife spectacular that is likely to see upwards of 2,500 pups being born on this remote spit in North Norfolk, making it the largest in England.

Credit: National Trust

“I was sweeping along the shoreline with my telescope counting birds when suddenly a white seal pup came into view. It was a really lovely surprise especially as it’s so early but definitely a privilege to be the first person to see it.

– Blakeney National Nature Reserve and ranger Ajay Tegala

The team say the colony has arrived back early with over 200 adults hauled out on Monday compared to a very few this time last year.



Cat lost at Dubai Airport is finally home in Northampton

Dinky the cat Credit: ITV Anglia

Dinky the cat is finally settling in to life in Northamptonshire after being lost at Dubai Airport for more than two months.

He was meant to be moving back to the UK with his owners, Ian and Sue Lees but when they landed at Gatwick his cage was empty.

Now, they've been reunited after a social media campaign to find him.

Dinky was found at a rescue centre in Dubai. It is believed he escaped at the airport.

Click below to watch Sarah Byrd's report

Appeal after raccoon dog found in Essex garden

Raccoon dogs are members of the canid family which also includes foxes Credit: RSPCA

A raccoon dog has been found in a garden near Colchester.

The animal was spotted in Fingringhoe on Saturday in the courtyard of the back of a property.

It's being looked after by the RSPCA who are appealing to find its owner.

If anyone has any information about the animal, please contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

The poor animal seemed scared and was very timid. I gently coaxed her into a cage then took her to South Essex Wildlife Hospital, which has very kindly agreed to look after her until a permanent home can be found.

The householder put the word out around the village to find the owner, but to date no-one has come forward.

– Karl Marston, RSPCA Inspector
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