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Rare tapir born at Lake District Wildlife Park

The tapir had a difficult start to life. Credit: ITV Border
The tapir had a difficult start to life. Credit: ITV Border

A rare Brazilian tapir has been born at the Lake District Wildlife Park near Keswick.

The calf is the second from parents Rio and Muffin in two years.

Tapirs are large mammals with short trunks, which they use to grab branches and pick leaves from them, or take fruit.

The new arrival, who still doesn't have a name, is now doing fine after a bumpy start to life.


Pride of Britain finalist: 'I'm just a wee guy from Dumfries'

Michael Pattie, the fundraiser from Dumfries who was ITV Border's Pride of Britain winner, has been speaking about the night of the awards ceremony.

He rubbed shoulders with celebrities like Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at the event, which celebrates Britain's most selfless fundraisers:

I've always said I'm just a wee guy from a little town in south west Scotland.

To be down in London in the big city at a huge event was very surreal but incredibly enjoyable, and we had a great time."

– Michael Pattie

Michael Pattie has raised more than £300,000 for meningitis research charities.

Campaigner criticises 'closed minds' at Council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

The campaigner who set up a petition against Scottish Borders Council's decision to house a tapestry in Tweedbank, has criticised the council for rejecting the petition.

Brian McCrow's petition was signed by more than 4,000 people, and debated by councillors today.

The main concerns were the amount of money the council is investing in the project - £3.5m - and the decision to locate the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank, rather than a town with a more textiles-based history.

It's not unexpected. I thought there would be some closed minds in the council and there were."

– Brian McCrow, main petitioner

But the council leader says their decision to reject the petition was the right one:

I think it was the right decision. Elected members carefully considered the petition and we had a very good debate about the evidence."

– David Parker, leader Scottish Borders Council

Tapestry petition rejected by council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

A petition against plans to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Tweedbank has been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

The complaints were discussed at a meeting of councillors today.

Amongst them were concerns that the plan is too costly - the council has agreed to put around £3.5m into the construction of a purpose-built centre for the tapestry.

The concerns could have gone before a full council meeting, but that will not now happen.


Rock and roll legend Robert Plant to play Egremont gig

Robert Plant Credit: Vaclav Salek/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is to play a charity gig in Egremont this October.

He'll perform at the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children's Fund (CKDCF) annual benefit concert, in the town's Market Hall on Saturday October 24.

Also playing are Francis Dunnery, the local musician who set up the charity in honour of his parents, and Big Big Train, Peter Jones, Dorie Jackson, John and Wayne, John Mitchell, Andrea and Bennedetta, John Gilmour Smith and John Bentley.

All proceeds go directly to the charity, which raises money for children's health, wellness and educational needs.

The tickets, which cost £25, have already sold out.

Rock and roll legend Plant launched a successful solo career following drummer John Bonham's death, and the band's break-up, in 1980.

Council's Great Tapestry of Scotland plan could be scrapped

The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

A decision by Scottish Borders Council to contribute around £3.5 million towards the construction of an arts centre to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland, is being scrutinised at a meeting today.

Four thousand people have signed a petition against the idea, saying it's "unacceptable'" when services are being cut.

There has also been criticism of the decision to build the centre in Tweedbank.

The council says people will use the new Borders Railway, which stops in the town, to come and see it.

But protestors say it should be built in a town with more of a textiles-based history.

At a meeting today councillors will consider the petition's findings, and if they accept them there will be a full council meeting to consider how to proceed.

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