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Plea to dog owners arriving for Tour de France

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Dog owners and walkers are being asked to take extra care as they visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park over the next few weeks.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected in the National Park on Saturday to watch the Tour de France Grand Départ, farmers and landowners are urging them to take extra care around wildlife and livestock.

Alan Hulme, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Head of Ranger Services, said dogs can cause long-term damage if they are allowed to run free – and can also put their owners in danger.

“The breeding season for wildlife and for farm animals is still with us and, although dog owners say their pet never chases or attacks sheep and lambs, some do."

Little fawn makes big impression at Lotherton Hall

A popular Leeds country estate is celebrating after welcoming its first fawn of 2014. The new arrival has apparently already made himself very much at home in the deer park located in the grounds of Lotherton Hall.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome our first fawn to the Lotherton Hall estate this year, and it is great news that the new arrival is doing really well.

"Lotherton Hall is a really fantastic place to visit, and on our estate there is a plenty to do for all the family to enjoy, including a lovely bird garden and stables."


Missing rare baby monkey is part of breeding programme

Four of the five rare monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been found at a house in West Yorkshire. One baby and two female cotton-top tamarins - a critically endangered species - were taken on Tuesday night, along with two male emperor tamarins.

Thieves cut a hole in the perimeter fence of the Zoo and made their way into the enclosure. They left these 6 behind. The adult monkeys were found last night at a property in Brighouse. The baby, however, is still missing.

Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at Blackpool zoo, has been talking to ITV about the monkeys.

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Zoo's returned monkeys settle back at home

Three of the returned monkeys enjoy a snack Credit: ITV

A group of monkeys, returned to Blackpool Zoo after a theft, have not lost their appetites despite their ordeal.

Five of the animals were stolen during a break-in earlier this week. Four were found abandoned in a cardboard box in West Yorkshire last night.

The youngest, a baby Cotton-Top Tamarin, is still missing. Zoo staff fear for its survival without its mother.

ITV News cameras captured the returned animals settling down, and enjoying a snack, this afternoon.

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Concern for missing monkey as four others return home to zoo

Four monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been returned home and doing well. But there are concerns for a fifth, a baby Cotton-top Tamarin, which is still missing.

The five were stolen overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday and police say they were inundated with calls from the public before four were found in Brighouse, Yorkshire.

"I would like to thank everyone for their support. This is still a live inquiry as we continue to investigate who was responsible for the thefts.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information or any witnesses who saw anything suspicious on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to get in touch. "

– PC Steve Higgs, Blackpool Police

"We are extremely relieved that four of the monkeys have been found safe and well, although we are also saddened that the baby Cotton-top Tamarin has not been found."We would like to thank everyone for their support in helping us find the monkeys which were all born here at Blackpool Zoo and are very much part of our family. The monkeys have all been checked and have been reintroduced back into their group."

– Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at Blackpool Zoo
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