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World's most endangered Leopard gives birth in Yorkshire

The world's most endangered big cat, the Amur leopard, has given birth to three cubs at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The rare cubs, one of the most threatened species on the planet, were born at the end of June to parents Drake and Freya.

Their birth and progress at the park heralds a landmark in conservation and could be critical in an interntional plan to reintroduce them back into the wild.

Since their birth nearly two months ago every minute of their lives, including their birth, has been captured on film, with CCTV cameras.

They are unlikely to be seen in public for a few weeks and will be vaccinated later this week.


Higher number of smokers in Yorkshire than national average

Smoking in our region is higher than the national average. Government health officials say they want to see GPs able to prescribe e-cigarettes on the NHS as they publish a review saying vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco.

Percentage of smokers in each area:

  • Hull 29%
  • Leeds 22%
  • Lincolnshire 19%
  • Doncaster 21%
  • Bradford 23%

Remembering VJ Day

Tomorrow will mark 70 years since the Second World War came to an end and Japan surrendered to the allies. Tens of thousands of British troops were serving abroad and could finally come home while countless others were released from prisoner of war camps. David Wood has been to meet a woman who moved to Yorkshire after the war, when she'd worked as an interceptor.

Yorkshire-based supermarket Morrisons promises action over milk prices

Milk farmers say an industry crisis has driven them to extreme measures - from emptying supermarket shelves of milk, to leading cattle through the grocery aisles. But has there been a breakthrough in the relationship between retailers - and the farmers who claim they're being treated unfairly? Today, talks led to Yorkshire-based supermarket Morrisons promising to take action - as Helen Steel reports.

Yorkshire's Joe Root best test batsman in world

Yorkshire's Joe Root has officially become the world's best test batsman following his exploits in helping England reclaim the Ashes.

Joe Root Credit: Press Association

The 24-year-old smashed 130 in the first innings at Trent Bridge before England went on to wrap up victory early on day three to win by an innings and 78 runs.

Root has plundered 443 runs in the series, with two centuries and two half-centuries, at an average of 71.79.

The International Cricket Council announced the news today.


Yorkshire athletes travel to North East for British Transplant Games

Every year hundreds of lives are saved through organ transplants. The British Transplant games, give those people the chance to thank families who have given them the gift of life.

Athletes from across Yorkshire have travelled to the North East for a weekend of games.

It is still rare for the relatives of donors to meet the people they have helped.

But today at this year's games Freda Carter met Scott Rutherford. Scott received a heart from her son John. Matt Price reports.

Can you recite the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity?

Yorkshire Rose flag near Whitby Abbey Credit: Press Association

As part of Yorkshire Day celebrations each year, the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity (a statement to the allegiance of Yorkshire) is read out:

I (your name) being resident in the (East/North/West) Riding ofYorkshire declare:that Yorkshire is three Ridings &the City of York with these boundaries of 1140 years standing; that the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire; that all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshire men and women; That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim toYorkshire status.

These declarations made this Yorkshire Day 2015.

Yorkshire for ever!God save the Queen!

Facts you might not know about Yorkshire Day

Events are taking place across the county to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Here are a few facts about the origins of the event:

  • It is celebrated on August 1 to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire
  • It was initially celebrated in 1975 in Beverley as a protest against the local government re-organisation of 1974.
  • The Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity, is read out as a central part of the celebrations, which affims Yorkshire's anicent foundation in 875 AD
  • As part of the celebrations there is a Civic gathering of Lord Mayors, Mayors and other Civic Heads from across the county, covened by the Yorkshire Society.
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