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Chessington Zoo takes delivery of female Fossa

Chessington Zoo took delivery of an important new delivery this week - Sibe, the female Fossa.

She arrived from America to introduce a new blood line to Europe which is essential for the species to be able to breed and increase their population.

Due to deforestation and hunting in their natural homes in Madagascar they are currently listed as vulnerable. The Fossa is a naturally solitary creature, only coming together to mate. Sibe is 3-years-old and will be mixed with Chessington's resident male Fossa.

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Shih Tzu rescued after being dumped beneath traffic cone

A puppy was rescued after she was deliberately abandoned underneath a heavy traffic cone.

Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor

The seven-week-old Shih Tzu was heard whimpering from inside the cone by contractors working on the road. She was found as temperatures in London rose to over 20C. The pup would have struggled to survive for long under the baking hot cone without access to food or water.

The puppy, nicknamed Connie, is now winning over the hearts of staff and volunteers at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor, who are looking to find her a new home. Centre Manager Kaye Mughal, said:

It's such an unusual and sad story that hopefully has a positive ending for Connie. "She's a gorgeous dog and we know someone will come along soon and give her the home she deserves.

– Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor

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Butchered swan found in shrubs after being 'killed for meat'

The remains of a 'badly mutilated, butchered' swan have been found in north London. The bird, which is a protected species, appeared to have been killed for meat.

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The dead swan was found in shrubbery by the train tracks close to the maintenance gate on Coppermill Lane, just south of Tottenham Hale station.

It had been badly mutilated it what appears to be a deliberate attempt to kill for meat. It was clearly the work of a person with experience of butchery and we are appealing for anyone with information to come forward to police.

This was a very distressing incident in which a protected bird was needlessly killed. We are working hard to find those responsible and would appeal for the public to assist us with any information which could help the investigation

– PC Stewart Galbraith, BTP

The RSPB said it was an 'appalling crime', and appealed for witnesses.

The mutilation of a swan may sound trivial against the backdrop of our daily news bulletins detailing acts of terrorism, murder and violence, but this is an appalling crime.

It’s an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, it is also offensive to our culture, as swans epitomise grace, peace, loyalty and beauty.

We fully support this witness appeal and the message it sends; London’s wildlife is precious and protected by law.

– Tim Webb, RSPB

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference E/B3 of 06/07/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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