There are fears that two species - the Demon Shrimp and the Zebra Mussel may be about to enter Cumbria's waterways and devastate the local wildlife.
Both have already spread to a canal basin in North Lancashire. Anglers and boat users are being asked to make sure they don't inadvertently move the creatures.
Tim Backshall has this exclusive report.
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Firefighters were called at 7:40 this morning after two bullocks were stuck in a Slurry Pitt.
Fire services were called to the site in Drigg Moorside.
Lines and ropes were used by the crew to get the animals out safely.
There are fears that two tiny river creatures which are normally found in Asia could be about to enter Cumbria's waterways and devastate the local wildlife.
One is called the Demon Shrimp, the other the Zebra Mussel. Both have already spread to North Lancashire.
They can wipe out the native shrimp population and harm fish.
It has been revealed that more than 1,000 dogs were abandoned in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders this year.
Groups like Wetheral Animal Refuge take the dogs in.
They then try to re-home them - this 'dancing dog' is just one of the residents.
Staff at the Lake District Wildlife Park are celebrating the arrival of a new baby tapir.
When ITV Border went to visit, the baby's mum, Muffin, took a keen interest in our camera:
The Animals' Refuge near Carlisle is currently home to 44 dogs.
Not all were picked up as strays; some were handed in by their owners who could no longer cope.
The charity's Colin Powell says a minority of dog owners can be "really cruel".
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More than 1,000 dogs have been abandoned in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders in the last year.
Staff at Wetheral Animal Refuge say there are a variety of reasons dogs lose their homes:
It's really sad that so many dogs lose their home and for some it's a real trauma but the vast majority of the stray dogs we get haven't been dumped.
They may have been lost, jumped out of the car or gone wandering or the family circumstances have changed."
The number of dogs abandoned in Carlisle in the last year has been revealed, along with the total cost to the city council.
It is a year on year problem so it seems to be about the mentality of people keeping pets and not realising that they are a long term commitment that requires time and effort on their part.
It's that sort of education we work on with animal charities."