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Duke opens Birmingham animal centre

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited Birmingham today to officially open the RSPCA's new flagship animal centre and hospital.

The Duke of Gloucester makes a furry friend
The Duke of Gloucester makes a furry friend Credit: Joe Murphy/RSPCA

Prince Richard was joined by staff and volunteers at the opening of the site in Frankley.

The Duke of Gloucester opens the new RSPCA animal centre in Birmingham
The Duke of Gloucester opens the new RSPCA animal centre in Birmingham Credit: Joe Murphy/RSPCA

The Duke was then given a tour of the centre and met some of the animals whose home it has become.

The Duke of Gloucester being shown round the new RSPCA centre
The Duke of Gloucester being shown round the new RSPCA centre Credit: Joe Murphy/RSPCA

Duke of Gloucester to open new RSPCA Animal Centre

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester is expected to visit Birmingham today to open the new flagship RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital.

The new RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital in Frankley
The new RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital in Frankley Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Prince Richard will join RSPCA staff and volunteers and the charity's chief executive, Gavin Grant, at the official opening at around 11 o'clock this morning.

The Duke will then be given a tour of the site before speaking with staff and volunteers.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester will visit Birmingham today
HRH The Duke of Gloucester will visit Birmingham today Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The new centre at Newbrook Farm in Frankley has been in use since the end of 2012 and is the RSPCA's national centre of excellence for animal welfare.

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier at the RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier at the RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Dogs trained in underwater search techniques

An underwater search and rescue company is today training dogs to detect bodies in the water.

The dogs are able to detect the scent of a drowning victim even at great depths.

Sonar equipment

Sarbot has traditionally used sonar equipment and robots to rescue drowning victims or recover bodies, as in the case of Dylan Cecil from Northamptonshire, who was blown off a pier while on holiday.

Dylan Cecil

If a body can be brought to the surface within 90 minutes, they can generally survive with no lasting injuries.

Sonar equipment

The company hope to have a dog permanently based in the East Midlands.

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Endangered mammal hand reared in Wolverhampton

Also known as the Bearcat, the Asian Bearcat and the Asian Civet. Credit: ITV News Central

A biology student from Wolverhampton is looking after the only hand reared palawan binturong in the UK.

The mammal, an endangered species from South-East Asia, is being cared for by 21-year-old Zac Hollinshead, who has moved in to a new home near Wolverhampton and brought dozens of animals with him. These include snakes, reptiles, birds of prey and small animals such as a mercat.

Baloo – named after the character from the Jungle Book, is one of only 10 palawan binturongs in the country.

The Binturong is a large, heavy animal that can grow to more than a meter long, with females being up to 20% bigger and heavier than their male counterparts.

They belong to the same family as other small carnivores including Civets, Genets, Mongooses and Fossa. Credit: ITV News Central

Cow with head stuck in tree trunk

Cow stuck with head in tree trunk Credit: Shropshire Fire and Rescue

This afternoon crews from Shropshire Fire and Rescue were called out to reports of a cow with his head stuck in a hole in a tree.

The fire fighters had to use a special large animal harness and a crane.

Cow rescued Credit: Shropshire Fire and Rescue

Golden goat adopts two rejected lambs

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A goat at a farm in Nottinghamshire has adopted two lambs who were rejected by their mother three weeks ago.

The lambs, who really were the black sheep of the family, were born nearly three weeks ago at White Post Farm in Farnsfield. They've now been taken into the care of Geraldine the Golden Guernsey goat.

The farm has launched a Facebook page inviting visitors to suggest names for the lambs.

Anthony Moore, one of the managers at the farm, said: "We were worried because the first few days are critical as the lambs need nutrients from their mother's milk. Luckily Geraldine was more than happy to adopt and feed them.

"She had a male kid earlier this year so is no stranger to motherhood," added Anthony Moore.

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