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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.

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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.


Hedgehogs being "tagged" to track progress

GPS tags are being placed on hedgehogs Credit: ITV News Anglia

A wildlife park near Cambridge is putting GPS tags on hedgehogs that it's planning to release from its hedgehog hospital, so they can be tracked once they're back in the wild.

It means staff at Shepreth Wildlife Park can follow their movements on computer.

The box only weighs 50 grams and is attached to the spines.

The aim is to find out more about how well the hedgehogs survive once they're released. 24 hedgehogs are taking part in the GPS tag project. The plan is to release them at secret locations.