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Rare turtle found in Cumbria dies

The Kemp's Ridley turtle's health deteriorated. Credit: ITV Border

A rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, which washed up on the Cumbrian coastline, has now died.

It was being cared for at the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport.

The endangered turtle outlived several others that had been found in Europe, but had stopped eating, and was losing weight.

It passed away just half an hour before it was due to be moved to the Lakes Aquarium in Windermere, which has specialist feeding equipment.


Big Garden Bird Watch takes flight

People are invited to count the birds in their gardens. Credit: ITV Border

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is asking people from Cumbria and the South of Scotland to get involved in this year's Big Garden Bird Watch.

The survey takes place this weekend and requires people to spend an hour counting birds in their garden.

Around half a million people took part last year, counting more than seven million birds.

You can get involved, and see how many birds have been counted so far, here.


Health setback for Cumbria's Kemp's ridley turtle

The Kemp's ridley turtle has been refusing food Credit: ITV Border

A critically endangered turtle that washed up on the Cumbrian coast is not feeding properly.

Staff at the Lake District Coast Aquarium have been caring for the Kemp's ridley since December.

Although it has made good progress the turtle is refusing food and losing weight.

It will now be moved to an aquarium in Windermere which has expertise in tube feeding turtles.

Otterly fantastic

An otter on the River Caldew in the Denton Holme area of Carlisle. Credit: Paul Wharton

While once on the brink of extinction, otters are now thriving across the region.

Forty years ago, an otter sighting would have been a rarity as pesticides in the water had driven numbers down to an all time low.

However now, as these photographs sent in by viewer Paul Wharton show, otters can once again be spotted throughout the region.

Otters are now being spotted all over the region Credit: Paul Wharton

Border Life: Brand New Year

Tonight, the first Border Life of 2015 will take a special look at some of those involved in the shooting industry.

Shooting is a significant sport in the south of Scotland.

One survey states that country pursuits are worth over 300 million pounds to the Scottish economy. Another says shooting alone supports 11,000 full time jobs.

For some it’s a way of life. For others it’s barbaric and unnecessary. Border Life will take an in depth look at the sport tonight.

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