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Teenagers rescued after being chased by sheep

It's believed the men were chased by herdwick sheep. Credit: PA

Two teenagers had to be brought to safety by mountain rescuers after apparently being chased by sheep in the Lake District.

The pair had set off for a walk from a Youth Hostel near Glenridding but got lost on the hills.

They reported being chased by wild animals but the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team believe it was a flock of Herdwick Sheep.

The two men were helped back to the hostel at Greenside Mines, and were unhurt.

It was a bit of bit of a baaaarmy night so the two men weren't in any danger of suffering from hypothermia - although they were clearly shaken and very grateful for the Team's assistance.

Whilst driving up the track from Glenridding to the Youth Hostel about 2300 we spotted a light from a mobile phone about thirty metres below us. It didn't take long for two team members to descend down and help the men back to the Landrover. We were obviously quite concerned when the fellas said they had been chased by wild animals, especially given all the recent reports of wild cats in Cumbria.

Once we arrived it quickly became apparent that men had been chased by a couple of Herdwicks. Clearly this isn't a common occurrence in the Lakes, and in fact, I don't think I've ever heard of this happening before.

The two men, from Bracknell in the South of England, probably didn't realise that there weren't street lights everywhere. It's wise, even if only walking a few hundred meters, to take a torch in the dark."

– Mike Blakey, Team Leader - Patterdale Mountain Rescue

Is Cumbria in the midst of a kitten crisis?

The charity says it's taking in more kittens. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria could be in the midst of a kitten crisis - according to one local charity.

The Carlisle branch of Blue Cross says it's already taken in a third more kittens this year, than in 2014.

It currently has 16 kittens in care in the area, and two of the litters were admitted suffering from serious eye problems.

They say one possible reason for the rise is that people don't neuter their kittens:

We hope owners come forward for all of the kittens in our care soon. We are concerned that not enough local cats have been neutered and that we won’t have room to take in more unwanted litters.”

– Joanne Park, Volunteer Foster Carer for Blue Cross

Council against seagull cull

The Deputy Mayor of Copeland Borough Council says they're against the idea of culling seagulls.

Councillor Lena Hogg wants the council, and local people, to do more to eliminate the food seagulls eat:

What the council are looking at is eliminating the food source, and that means emptying the bins more regularly, removing any debris or food that's lying about, and we would ask the public to do exactly the same."

– Cllr Lena Hogg, Deputy Mayor, Copeland Borough Council

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Seagull attacks in Whitehaven

The council has defended its record when it comes to seagulls. Credit: PA

A council in West Cumbria has defended its record on tackling seagulls.

It comes after a number of people have reported being attacked by gulls this summer in Whitehaven town centre.

Copeland's deputy mayor says the situation is being monitored, and insists that steps are being taken.

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The BIG Butterfly Count 2015

Credit: Joan Rodger

Today sees the start of the 2015 Big Butterfly Count.

It is a simple way to keep track of butterfly numbers in the UK - and you can help.

All you need to do is spend 15 minutes observing butterflies and make a note of all those that you spot. It is that easy and can go a long way to help make sure butterflies continue to be a feature in our region.

How many can you spot? Credit: Big Butterfly Count

You can find all the details of how you can get involved here.

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