An Alpaca farmer near Keswick hopes his latest baby alpaca will become the first to walk up Catbells.
Milky Joe's fellow alpacas already lead tours around Derwentwater and have thousands of followers on social media.
A pet rescue centre in the Scottish Borders is warning of the dangers of buying pets online.
In the last two years it's seen a huge increase in the number of animals needing to be re-homed after being bought on the internet.
Those at the centre say there are no guarantees when people buy an animal without the appropriate information:
People don't know whether that animal's been vaccinated. Whether it's been spayed or neutered. They don't understand whether that animal's going to get bigger or smaller and not fit the space they have or be able to provide the exercise that animal needs and there'll be no home checks so there's many factors that we think need to be considered before you take on a pet.
These simple guidelines from gov.uk can help you choose wisely when buying a pet:
- Buy your animal from a reputable supplier – advice on buying a dog or cat is available from a range of animal organisations, such as Dog Advisory Council, Kennel Club, the Dogs Trust and the RSPCA
- Check the animal’s history by speaking to a previous owner – if you are buying a puppy or kitten, you should ask to see it with its mother and the rest of the litter.
- View the animal and its documentation before you buy – if it was born outside the UK it must have either a pet passport or a veterinary certificate. The pet passport needs to confirm that it was vaccinated against rabies at the correct age, according to the manufacturer’s data sheet (normally at three months of age). For dogs, the passport should also show that it has been treated for tapeworm.
- If you have any doubts about an animal speak to your vet before agreeing to buy it.
A dog walker near Dumfries is warning others after his dog became trapped in a snare this morning.
Brian Forrester claims the trap was illegally set in woodland at Maidenbower.
His dog, Mollie, was uninjured after being caught and waited to be freed by Brian.
Fortunately she was uninjured as the snare caught her round the body and she just immediately lay down and waited until I freed her. I shudder to think what the outcome would have been if it had caught her by the neck and she had panicked."
'Dusty' was discovered by a dog walker after he was shut in the bin with no food or water.Read the full story ›
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Facebook-famous Springer Spaniel, Max, has headed out into the Lake District to take important wind speed readings.
The Cumbrian canine reported measurements of Force 8 on his 'Flapometer'.
Max is a regular explorer on the Lake District fells and shares his adventures with almost 19,000 people on his fan page.
A Dumfries wildlife charity has launched an appeal for a new microscope to help with the rehabilitation of underweight baby hedgehogs.
The South of Scotland Wildlife hospital needs the device to examine the parasites they come in with.
The mild weather is being blamed for so many skinny hedgehogs coming into the centre.
This little white rhino calf was born on Christmas Day at Safari Zoo in south Cumbria.
A female white rhino calf was welcomed into the world on Christmas Day at Safari Zoo in south Cumbria.
It's the zoo's second white rhino calf of the year - it's been eight years since two rhinos were born in the same year at the zoo.
The mother is 16-years-old and it's her first pregnancy.
The 'Wild Film Festival Scotland' arrives in Dumfries in the spring, showcasing film making talent and wildlife from across the world.Read the full story ›
20-week-old Poppy was spotted being pushed around Carlisle in a pram, after breaking her leg. She's just had surgery and is on the mend.Read the full story ›