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CCTV records 'Incredibly special' first moments of tiger cubs

Hidden cameras have captured some of the first moments of three rare tiger cubs at Chester Zoo.

The tigers were born to eight-year-old Sumatran tigress Kirana on Jan 2 after a 105-day pregnancy.

We’re thrilled to kick off 2015 with these special arrivals.

"These tiny triplets who, in June, will move to a brand new home in our Islands zone, are now part of a safety-net against the population in the wild becoming extinct.

"That to me is incredibly humbling."

– Tim Rowlands, Curator of mammals, Chester Zoo

The sexes of the cubs will not be known for some time and zoo staff are continuing to keep a close eye on the family.


Appeal after mementos of baby found in makeshift campsite

This tin was found in an abandoned tent at Northenden Round.

A tin containing mementos of a baby has been found inside an abandoned tent at a park in Manchester.

Police say the keepsake tin could have sentimental value and they're hoping to reunite it with the owner.

Officers have searched the park, known locally as Northenden Round, and found no evidence to suggest anything untoward had occurred although concern has been expressed for the welfare of the owner.

“It is quite clear those who have been living in the tent have been doing so for some time although at the moment, we do not know whether one or more than one person have stayed there.

"We are concerned for their welfare and want to make sure they have not come to any harm.

“We have had a police presence on the park for a few days but they have not returned and we are eager to make sure they have not come to any harm. "I am keen to reunite the property with their rightful owner and ensure they are safe and well.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Cunliffe, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information should phone Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 4882 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Oldham dad named 'Mr Sleek' after shedding four-and-a-half stone in 12 months

David Eyres, from Oldham, has been named Mr Sleek UK.

A father who once ate burgers and takeaways every day has lost four-and-a-half stone in 12 months after his weight made him feel like a "failed parent".

David Eyres, 34, a self-employed landscape gardener from Oldham, had been overweight since his 20s but his weight rose to 18 stone when he turned to food for comfort after his father died from cancer in 2009.

His daily diet consisted of a bacon sandwich for breakfast, a McDonald's Big Mac and a cheeseburger with chips and a fizzy drink for lunch, and an Indian takeaway curry with chips, onion bhajis and naan bread for dinner as well as family-size packets of crisps and chocolate bars as snacks.

He said it left him unable to play with his children and struggling to carry out his work.

But a photo of the father-of-three posing with his son Ben while at his heaviest spurred him in to action and 12 months later he is barely recognisable as the same person.

"I would get out of breath easily, even just climbing the stairs in our house, so I didn't really play games or sports with the kids and I worried I was setting a bad example to them.

"I tried to put it to the back of my mind but when I saw the photo of me and my eldest son Ben, who was eight at the time, I knew I needed to do something.

"I was the heaviest I'd ever been and my confidence level was pretty much zero. That photograph was a real wake-up call."

– David Eyres, Mr Sleek 2015
David and wife, Kelly.

Mr Eyres joined his local Slimming World club where he was encouraged to cook home made meals and supported in starting exercise, Within a year his weight had dropped to 13st 5lbs, a weight loss of 4st 7lbs, and his waistline shrunk from 38 inches to 30 inches.

The father, who joined the club with his wife Kelly for support, was named Mr Sleek 2015 by the organisation in recognition of his transformation.

"Work is a lot easier now and I've joined a gym. Best of all, I can run around with the kids and practice rugby with Ben at the park - I've gone from feeling like a failed parent to feeling like a proud dad."I've been overweight for more than a decade, so it's amazing to me to think that anyone would describe me as 'sleek'.

"My youngest son Max, who's four, loves telling everyone that his daddy doesn't have a big belly anymore though - my kids are my biggest supporters."

– David Eyres
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