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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.

Nature's bandits employed as catflap crackers

Product testing Credit: ITV News Anglia

A company from Cambridgeshire has inlisted the help of raccoons to take part in an unusual product development test.

The firm, from Dry Drayton, has designed a new cat flap which scans the unique ID code inside microchipped pets and locks all other animals out.

The raccoons at Shepreth Wildlife Park were chosen to see if they could crack the system. So far they've failed to break in.

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