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Cow stuck in ravine sparks fire service rescue

A cow was rescued from the ravine. Credit: PA

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service were called to save a cow, which had become stuck in a ravine.

The 200kg animal was stranded down a 10 metre ravine around one mile from the main road near Ulpha, in Broughton-in-Furness.

Specialist animal and height rescue equipment was used to rescue the cow, which was hoisted up the ravine to safety.


Finding Jasper... one year on

Jasper Credit: ITV Border

One year ago today, Jasper the dog was finally found, after he went missing for three days in the Lake District.

A massive social media campaign followed - #FindJasper - and the border collie's photo was shared more than 250,000 times.


Bonfire Night: How to keep your pets stress-free

Cats and dogs in particular can be stressed by fireworks Credit: ITV Border

Over the next few nights, we'll all be enjoying Bonfire parties and firework displays. But the 5th of November isn't a treat for family pets.

So here are a few tips to make your our cats and dogs don't get stressed by noisy firework:

  • In the run up to and during firework season, walk dogs during daylight hours and then keep cats and dogs indoors when the fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • Help to muffle the sound of fireworks by keeping windows and curtains closed and put on the television to drown out the sound from outside. Also, try to ignore the firework noises yourself.
  • Make sure that any doors, windows and cat flaps are securely fastened so that pets cannot escape if there is a sudden bang or whoosh.
  • Treat your pet to a new toy for firework night, but don’t force them to play.
  • Source: VetPlus

A recent study into the prevalence of noise phobias in dogs found that, among 383 dog owners, a staggering 49% admitted their dogs were left cowering on Bonfire Night because of the loud bangs.

Of this, only a quarter (29%) of owners sought help or advice for their pets.

Source: Blackwell 2005 with RSPCA

Llama launch for charity Christmas cards

Two llamas were invited. Credit: ITV Border

Tourist Information Centres in Cumbria have chosen an unusual way to launch their charity Christmas cards... by dressing up llamas.

Llamas Bilby and Rico were given reindeer-like reigns and accompanied by Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas at the Llama Karma Kafe in Penrith.

The Christmas cards are supplied by Cards for Good Causes, and 70p from every one pound goes directly to charity.

The unique partnership between Card for Good Causes and Eden District has been running for over 11 years.

We are delighted that TICs around the District continue to run this unique service as it allows local residents and visitors the opportunity not only to send season's greetings to friends and family but also financially support charities who work around the UK. For every pound spent, 70p goes directly to charity."

– Charlie Thornton, Tourism Development Officer at Eden Tourism
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