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Paralysed rabbit finds new lease of life

A giant rabbit living at a West Cumbrian animal sanctuary has been saved after losing use of its legs. Bertha now uses adapted dog wheels.

There were fears she'd have to be put down, but now Bertha has her freedom back.

Well I've actually seen dogs in wheelchairs and I thought: if it works for a dog, then why not a rabbit? If it wasn't for the wheelchair, she would need daily physio, baths every day which she hated, and obesity because she eats everything in sight basically...

– Melanie James, Ani-Mel Haven


Gamekeepers take docking fight to Holyrood

Some of the region's gamekeepers were at Holyrood today, as part of their campaign for working dogs to be exempt from the ban on docking dogs' tails.

The gamekeepers say the law preventing docking is actually causing suffering to spaniels, who can injure their tails while they're working.

They have presented a petition containing 4,000 signatures to the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.

The practice of docking was outlawed in 2007, and at the moment applies to all dogs except where a tail is already diseased or injured.

Offenders can be fined up to £5,000 or face six months imprisonment

Animal centre 'struggling to cope'

The Eden Animal Rescue Centre are 'struggling to cope' Credit: ITV News Border

An animal rescue centre in Cumbria says it's struggling to cope with the number of animals needing care.

They're almost at crisis point with not enough money and they need volunteers to help them.

Staff at the The Eden Centre just off the M6 near Shap say many people are finding it too expensive to feed their pets and pay vet's bills.


Vigil to be held over deer cull plans

Campaigners who are against plans for a controversial cull of deer at the Sellafield nuclear site are due to hold a vigil on Sunday (16th February).

Around a dozen roe deer are trapped between two fences at the west Cumbrian site.

Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) has organised the protest outside the site gates.

A spokesperson for Sellafield Ltd said culling wildlife of any sort was a last resort and would only ever been done on expert advice

We have a duty to manage wildlife responsibly at Sellafield Ltd and we take this very seriously, which is why we consult the relevant experts for the best advice when dealing with any wildlife at the site. We have consulted with a veterinary specialist, an ecologist and the Deer Initiative as the lead providers of best practice guidance for sustainable deer management in England and Wales. All the alternative approaches available to a secure nuclear licensed site have been considered and / or attempted before deciding to cull the small number of deer at Sellafield.

– Sellafield Ltd

How hedgehog homes are helping fish stocks

The Environment Agency is revisiting a Cumbrian lake where hedgehog shaped refuges were installed last year to help protect fish stocks.

Bassenthwaite is the first English lake to use the spiky constructions which provide shelter and a safe haven from predators.

A remote control boat will help monitor how well they are working.

Campaign launched to promote Herdwick sheep

A new campaign has been launched to promote one of Cumbria's best known animals, the Herdwick sheep.

Taste Cumbria want to tell people about the distinctive flavour of the meat and help to make it a premium product around the country.

The campaign has been given £50,000 by The Prince's Countryside Fund and is supported by all six of Cumbria's MPs.

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