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Rare giraffe born at Cumbrian zoo

The baby Kordofan giraffe Credit: Cumbria Zoo Company

A rare giraffe has been born at a controversial Cumbrian zoo.

The South Lakes Safari Zoo at Dalton-in-Furness, is the only one in the UK to keep the Kordofan giraffes.

A zoo spokesman said the attraction was "very proud" to have the baby giraffe.

"Vulnerable to extinction, the captive population of these very rare giraffes is very small and our little ark may be vital for its long-term future," he said.

The birth of the giraffe will be some welcome good news for the zoo after months of bad publicity.

Its founder David Gill was refused a licence by councillors after it was revealed that 486 animals had died there in four years.

The zoo is still open but could close next month unless there is an appeal against Barrow Council's decision not to renew his Mr Gill’s licence.

Cumbria Zoo Company Ltd, which took over operational control in January, wants to buy the attraction and end its connection with Mr Gill.

Dog owners urged to avoid palm oil

Palm oil has been washing up on the region's beaches. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Dog owners in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to avoid palm oil on the region's beaches.

The local council says nuggets of the substance are being washed ashore on beaches in the Stranraer and Wig Bay areas.

A clean up has taken place around Stranraer, but more palm oil is being left on the shore with the tide.

Palm oil is harmless to humans but can have serious health effects and even be fatal if eaten by dogs.

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WATCH: Animal shelter's plea for funding

An animal shelter near Lockerbie says it'll have a £4,000 shortfall this year after cuts to its funding from the local authority.

The council says that cutbacks are necessary because of reductions to its own budget from the Scottish Government.

Mossburn Farm needs £50,000 a year to care for abused and neglected animals.

The group also helps young people with special needs to learn to care for them.

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