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Red panda cubs venture out the nest box

Mya has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park’s beautiful red panda twins have finally started to venture outside the nest box.

The twins, who are a boy and a girl, have evaded the outside world since their birth on 16 June. However, over the last couple of weeks they have been spotted out and about several times as mum, Mulan leads the way.

Anmar has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

“It’s the minute we’ve all been waiting for and they are certainly worth the wait. They have grown a lot and are nearly as big as the adults. However you can still tell them easily apart due to their fluffy coats and cheeky characters. Red pandas are very playful by nature and our two are no exception. Interestingly our young female, Mya has taken on the slightly darker colouration of her mother, Mulan. On the other hand, Anmar has a comparatively lighter coat, much like his father, Tibao. They are still finding their feet and are not as confident on the climbing frames as their parents but they are making steady progress. Hopefully, now they have taken these initial steps they will start to spend more and more time exploring out of the box so our visitors get the opportunity to really enjoy them.”

– Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate


Oxfordshire's Slow Mo Guys clock up 420m views

The Slow Mo Guys, who film stunts in slow-motion have now notched up more than 420 million views on Youtube.

Explosion in slow motion Credit: Slow Mo Guys

Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, who grew up in Thame, use a high-speed camera to show everything from exploding water balloons to bullets through watermelons, one hundred times slower than the human eye can see.

The pair have quickly become internet sensations, even appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the United States.

To watch the videos, visit their Youtube channel.

Incredible footage of 115m sheer cliff climb competition

Ten of the world’s best ice climbers took on the 115m sheer, mostly overhanging, chalk cliff at Scratchell’s Bay on the Isle of Wight yesterday.

Competitors had to climb against the clock in the first Red Bull White Cliffs competition.

The location allowed the climbers to use their ice axes and crampons at sea level, in one of the only places in the world where chalk climbing is possible.

Russia’s Aleksei Tomilov took the title, reaching the top in just 16 minutes and 46 seconds:

Lucky escape for puppy after Dorset cliff fall

There's a myth that cats are supposed to have nine lives - but this puppy in Swanage was certainly looking to challenge that.

Molly the dog escaped unscathed despite falling nearly 100ft over Old Harry Rocks in Dorset.

Swanage Coastguard rescue team, Ian and Brian, with Molly Credit: MCA

The Coastguard was called to rescue the Norfolk terrier after her owners reported she had fallen from the cliffs.

On arrival, crews found the owner and about 100 people looking over the cliffs.

Brian, from Swanage Coastguard, keeping an eye on Molly until lifeboat crews arrived Credit: MCA

Crews say she luckily landed softly from the fall - where Poole RNLI safely recovered the dog to the boat. Last night the owners of Molly wrote to thank everyone involved in Molly's rescue.

They say they are fully aware they should have had Molly on the lead and they have joined a growing number of owners who have forgotten the rule.

Molly safely back on solid ground - much to her owner's relief Credit: MCA

Dumped boyfriend auctions holiday romance on eBay

Unlucky-in-love Jake Dodridge is selling his ex-girlfriend's place on a romantic getaway to Venice on eBay after he was dumped just weeks before the trip.

Jilted Jake Dodridge does not want the holiday to go to waste. Credit: Facebook

The 21-year-old IT technician says he does not want the £650 getaway to go to waste, and he is looking for another young woman - aged between 18 and 30 - to take to the four-star resort.

"This isn't something I would normally do, but when life gives you lemons you have to make lemonade," Dodridge said.

"I was upset when my girlfriend dumped me, but looking back it was the right thing to do. It just wasn't meant to be.

"But what is the point of wasting a perfectly good holiday? I want someone fun to come with me, who is up for a laugh."


Bravery award for war veteran who escaped from his care home to attend D-Day anniversary

Bernard Jordan has received a bravery award Credit: PA

A war veteran who became a national hero after escaping from his care home to take part in the D-Day anniversary has received a prestigious award.

Bernard Jordan, 90, fled his home in Hove, East Sussex, and made his way to Portsmouth before boarding a ferry to Normandy in June.

The 'courageous' World War II veteran, who tucked his medals under his coat, was then able to take part in the D-Day 70th anniversary.

And after hitting the headlines worldwide, the former Royal Navy Lieutenant was rewarded with an award for his 'bravery'.

He was given the all-star treatment as he collected his 'Older People's Award' yesterday from the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch.

Mr Jordan, a resident at The Pines care home, said it was a 'great honour' to receive the award and said his new found fame was 'very satisfying'.

Judges selected Mr Jordan for the courage award saying he had shown bravery throughout his life with his solo escapade to France in June being the 'most public'.

As well as a war veteran, Mr Jordan was a councillor for 23 years and became an honorary alderman this summer.

Mr Jordan said: "It's a great honour but anything I have done [to earn it] I have been only too pleased to do.

"I am very grateful for the response I have had.

"Whatever service I have performed I have never been looking for awards. I have been recognised in the street and people shake my hand.

"People like me have done their best and I hope anything like [the Second World War] does not happen again.

"If it did, I am sure the people of this country would make the same contribution as I have done."

Awards organiser Caroline Ridley was delighted to hear that Bernard was honoured and described him as being 'courageous'.

Cllr Fitch added: "The judges were looking for someone courageous.

"The winner made the news by taking himself off to France for the D-Day celebrations."

How to avoid being spooked this Halloween

Credit: PA

Wiltshere police have given tips for trick or treaters ahead of Halloween this year:

  • Always be accompanied by an adult when out trick or treating
  • Only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call
  • Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks
  • Watch out for traffic
  • If wearing a mask, make sure that can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings
  • Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).

Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be on patrol during the Halloween period, in order to prevent any ghoulish (anti-social) behaviour. Wiltshire police have conjured up 'no trick or treat' posters for anybody who doesn't want to be disturbed.

"Whilst Halloween can be a lot of fun, especially for youngsters, it is important to remember that ‘trick or treating’ in the dark can be upsetting, especially for elderly and vulnerable people and those who live alone."

– Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon
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