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Swan causes chaos on morning commute

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Police were called out last week in Telford to reports of a swan causing "traffic chaos" on the A442 at Hortonwood.

Members of the public were concerned that it was running loose on the road.

A wildlife rescue volunteer managed to catch the bird and place it in a specially designed "swan bag" to carry it to a safer location.


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Horse therapy sanctuary faces closure

The owner of a horse sanctuary in Leicestershire, where the animals are used to help people with physical and learning difficulties, says she could be forced to close after being told she needs to leave the site she's renting.

Judith Edwards says the confidence of both young and old is boosted when they interact with horses. However, she's now struggling to find somewhere to keep the animals, and has even sold her own home to raise money to buy some land.


Career change for West Midlands Police dogs - now in South Korea sniffing out insects

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Two police spaniels have arrived in South Korea to help protect the country's buildings from termites - which feed on wood causing millions of pounds worth of damage to historic buildings.

Olivia and Oxo have been trained to sniff out drugs and explosives, and their sense of smell is thousands of times more sensitive than a human. It's more effective than thermal imaging equipment. They track down the insects by detecting their hormones.

Termites have become a problem in South Korea thanks to rising humidity levels which create a perfect condition for the insects.

Apparently most of their commands are non-verbal - so the dogs don't need to learn Korean!

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The Big Butterfly Count: how to help out David Attenborough

The Big Butterfly Count will be running for the next three weeks, and organisers are hoping as many people as possible will take part, in their gardens or out for a stroll in the countryside.

With 59 different species of butterfly here in the UK, there are plenty to see, and Leicester local David Attenborough is getting very involved.

To take part - follow this link

Rescue teams practice saving drowning horse

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service specialist rescue team were training today - using a WOODEN horse. They were practising rescuing a horse from the water - using ropes and a hoist.

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