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Vet: Jumping rabbits love their exercise

You had better hop to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground this weekend, if you want to see a new take on the Grand National.

The Swedish rabbit jumping team are appearing at the the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show. The bunnies have been specially bred, and can jump as high as three feet.

According to organisers, they love to show jump and they hope the attraction will help owners to understand how much exercise pet rabbits need.

Tina Larsson from the Swedish rabbit jumping team and vet, Matthew Brash told ITV Calendar about what spectators could expect:

Jumping rabbits at Great Yorkshire Showground

Swedish jumping rabbits are set to steal the show at today's Small Animal Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Jumping bunnies

Speed and agility aren't words usually associated with the humble bunny, but these professional jumpers from Sweden are set to be the stars in the Grand National of the rabbit world. They first appeared at the show 2011, and four of the fluffy creatures will be back again today after two years away, due to popular demand.

The jumpers are just one of the attractions at the show, which takes place today and tomorrow and is organised by a small committee of dedicated volunteers. It is the largest small animal show in the country - with around 3,000 chinchillas, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats attending over two days.


RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Counting the birds

This weekend sees the return of the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch, an initiative which encourages thousands around the UK to pick an hour over the weekend to discover wildlife in their gardens.

Budding bird watchers are encouraged to register in advance to get their free information pack, then take one hour to watch and record the number of birds in the garden or open space and submit the results.

The initiative has been taking place since 1979. Results enable the RSPB to monitor trends and understand how birds are doing and take steps to put them right.

Seagull task force set up in North Yorkshire

For some, they are an integral part of life in our region's seaside towns. For others seagulls are an increasing nuisance which are bringing real harm to coastal communities.

Councillors in Scarborough and Whitby say it's now a problem that has to be dealt with and they have set up a special task force to tackle it.

They are only allowed to cull to the birds in exceptional circumstances, so now they are asking for the public's opinion on what to do next.

Chris Kiddey has the story:

Lost seal searches for fish in Lincolnshire village

A lost seal has been spotted 27 miles inland in Lincolnshire while it was fishing for food.

The seal was found at Low Locks, off the River Welland, near Deeping St James.

Normally found in the Wash, it is reported to have appeared in the Lincolnshire village during the last week.

The RSPCA believe the seal was following a dredger that was turning up fish and it is likely the easy meal is what has brought it inland.


Owners plea for return of missing spaniel

Have you seen Bramble? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The owners of a stolen Springer Spaniel called Bramble say they are desperate to get her back.

It's thought Bramble was taken on January 3rd from a van parked by The Spring Rock public house on Rochdale Road, Greetland.

Her owners are particularly concerned for Bramble's welfare because she suffers from epilepsy and fits if not given medication. PC Matthew Howarth of the Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

"I would appeal for anyone with information about this to get in contact. Bramble is a much loved and missed family pet and her owners are desperate for her to be returned safely."

Bramble in happier days Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Tigers enjoy winter conditions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Residents of Yorkshire Wildlife Park have been revelling in the snowy conditions brought about by the recent wintry weather.

Tigers enjoy winter conditions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Tigers at the park have been exploring their enclosure, recently covered in a layer of snow.

Tigers enjoy winter conditions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Tigers enjoy winter conditions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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