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Watch: Blackpool Zoo celebrates the Chinese year of the Monkey

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey Credit: Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey by releasing some stunning pictures and footage of some of its most popular primates.

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey Credit: Blackpool Zoo

All these cheeky monkeys call Blackpool home and are looking forward to welcoming visitors this year.

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Watch: Why did the donkey go to a Wirral pharmacy? It was feeling a little horse

Why did the donkey go to a Wirral pharmacy? It was feeling a little horse Credit: Tracie Gouldson

Staff in a chemist on the Wirral got an unusual surprise when a 2-and-a-half-foot donkey wandered through the automatic doors just before they were due to close.

Staff member of Prenton Dell Pharmacy, Tracie Gouldson, said:

"It just trotted through our electric doors at 6pm. It was only about 2-and-a-half-foot tall.

"We were feeding it imperial mints because you give horses Polo Mints, don't you?"

– Tracie Gouldson
Little donkey: staff at Wirral pharmacy had a surprise visitor Credit: Tracie Gouldson

Another staff member, Jane Burns, got a pair of tights off the shelf and made a lasso for their little visitor to make sure it didn't make a run for it.

Staff eventually had to call police who said that unless it was a drug mule they wouldn't be able to do anything.

Police also asked if the donkey was a little horse and that may be why it visited the pharmacy.

Eventually a member of staff from the Medical Centre next door recognised it and contacted its owners who revealed it was a little girl called Hotay, as in, Donkeyhotay.

She was reunited with her owners.

Abandoned dog found in Greater Manchester

Jazz was very underweight when she was found Credit: RSPCA

An abandoned dog who was so emaciated that her spine and ribs were protruding has been rescued after being found tied to a gate.

The female Staffordshire bull terrier type dog was discovered covered in sores in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after she was found by a dog walker in Ullswater Drive.

Although the dog was not wearing an identification tag, she was microchipped and the RSPCA was able to find that previous owners had given her the name Jazz.

Investigations revealed that Jazz had been through at least three homes - including an animal welfare charity - before being abandoned and left to suffer.

The neglected dog is now under veterinary care.

RSPCA inspector Nichola Waterworth said:

"Thankfully she was spotted by the member of the public. It was a cold night and she was tied up alone.

"She's extremely thin and has pressure sores from where she's been laid down on a hard floor of some type. Her skin is flaky and her nails are overgrown. I suspect she's been living outside or perhaps in a shed or something like that, as she was very dirty and smelly too.

"Though a little nervous, she is a very sweet girl with a very waggy tail.

"It certainly seems as though this poor girl has had a rough life so far."

– RSPCA inspector Nichola Waterworth

Anyone who recognises Jazz and has any specific information about her owner is asked to get in touch with the RSPCA by calling 0300 123 8018.

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  1. Sarah Rogers, ITV News

Public raise thousands for a reward to find those who killed this dog and dumped her in a canal

Troya was taken from home in Stockport on Christmas Eve.

A heartbroken dog owner, whose pet was kidnapped and dumped in a canal, is offering a reward to anyone who can help find those responsible.

Anthony Taylor's pet Troya, a Presa Canario, was taken from their home in Stockport on Christmas Eve.

She was found dead more than three weeks later in a nearby canal.

Warning: You might find some of the detail in Sarah Rogers' report distressing:

The money raised will go towards a reward for information with any extra being donated to a dogs charity.

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