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Trained barn owl stolen

A three-year-old barn owl has been stolen from Rushmoor Country Park in North Cockerington.

Sid is a highly trained bird used for demonstrations. He was stolen from an aviary at the park on Wednesday. Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

RSPCA: Shocking rise in cases of animal cruelty

New figures released by the RSPCA have highlighted the rising amount of reported cases of animal cruelty across the Calendar region.

Japanese Akita Star was found in 'appalling' condition Credit: RSPCA

West Yorkshire is the second highest place in the country for incidents of cruelty to animals, while North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have all seen a rise.

Examples of incidents reported to the charity included beatings, improper killing, mutilation and poisonings.

One example of such behaviour included 41-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman from Skegness who were banned from keeping animals for ten years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to two Japanese Akitas.

Chewbacca was found with sores on his legs Credit: RSPCA

The dogs were taken to a vet who confirmed that they had been suffering for at least six weeks through a failure to provide adequate nutrition. Chewbakka’s untreated pressure sores were aggravated by urine scalding and would have caused him considerable suffering.

Read: Pet cruelty on the rise, RSPCA warns


Birds killed in allotment break-in

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at an allotment in Wakefield in which chickens, quails and a turkey were killed.

It took place between 2am and around 8am this morning (Monday 20th April) on Park Lodge Lane, Eastmoor. Inspector Ian Williams of the Wakefield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

"This is an extremely unusual incident which has obviously caused understandable distress to the owners of these animals. We currently believe 15 birds have been killed and are exploring possible motives for what has taken place including whether or not the offences have been targeted."

Police are appealing for anyone who lives in the local area and may have seen suspicious behaviour at the allotments or who may know who is responsible to contact them. They say it is likely the person or persons responsible may have had blood on their clothing.

Appeal for information after discovery of dumped cat

RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was dumped in a ditch in Lincolnshire.

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The young adult male tabby was discovered inside a cat box, in six inches of water in Spalding, at 8.30am on Monday. The RSPCA was called, and has taken him into our care.

He was unhurt and in good health, and he looks as if he has been cared for, so it is possible he is a much loved pet and that someone else dumped him in this callous way.

– RSPCA inspector Andy Bostock
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Three endangered tiger cubs born at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park has released CCTV footage of the birth of three endangered tiger cubs.

Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Tigress Tschuna and the cubs' father Vladimir are Amur Tigers, whose numbers in their native habitat in the Russian Far East have dwindled to approximately 450 due to poaching and disappearing habitat.

"We watched the birth as it happened on the CCTV camera, as Tschuna had hidden herself away in peace and quiet of the cubbing den. It was a very special moment and an incredible privilege," said Kim Wilkins, Carnivore Team Leader.

"It was so heart-warming to see how Tschuna took to motherhood and how natural the new family is. Both the birth and her bonding to the cubs was all captured - it is truly enchanting footage and I am glad that we are able to share it with everyone "

The cubs were born on March 29th and Tschuna is still caring for and feeding her cubs inside the house in the Park's Land of Tigers.

They will not be seen by visitors at the Park for some weeks to come, but the Park says it will be releasing further footage as the cubs grow.


Birdman becomes 'surrogate parent' to pair of penguins

A 30-year-old aquarist who became a 'surrogate parent' to two Humboldt penguins has released them into Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary's penguin enclosure.

Foster dad Todd with his two babies Credit: Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Both penguins were hatched in December at another UK wildlife centre and were rejected by their parents.

Todd German, who works as a senior aquarist at the Sanctuary had previously reared many abandoned baby birds and numerous orphaned, oiled and injured seabirds.

He fed Rico and Skipper a special fish soup six times daily with the aid of a syringe and even took them home with him so he could give them their last feed at 10pm.

Rico and Skipper go for a walk – Skipper opting for a ‘lift’ on this occasion. Credit: Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Now fully fledged, they have joined 18 full-grown Humboldt’s in the Sanctuary’s new ‘Penguin island’ enclosure

Rico and Skipper weighed a miniscule 67 grams when Todd first adopted them. They now weigh in at four kilos.

I was thrilled to be given the chance to bring up Rico and Skipper. It was hard work, and I’m not sure what the neighbours made of their braying calls in the middle of the night, but it has been a hugely rewarding experience.

– Todd German

Baby giraffe born at Flamingo Land resort

A baby giraffe has been born at Flamingo Land resort in Malton.

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The Rothschild giraffe was born to parents George and Lizzy on Sunday.

The resort says that the giraffe is a female, and will be named in a Name the Baby competition shortly.

Credit: Flamingo Land

Rothschild giraffes are listed as Endangered by the IUCN and their population is still decreasing.

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