The Text Santa bagpack

As part of our Text Santa campaign, Fred, Sangeeta and Simon went bag packing at a local supermarket.

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Chad the Carp treated for injuries after his escape

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Chad was injured when someone tried to catch him with an inappropriate hook Credit: Romsey World of Water

Chad the Carp is safe and well and is being treated for injuries to his tail and side. He has now been reunited with his best friend, Steve the Sturgeon. Both escaped from Romsey World of Water during the recent floods. Steve the Sturgeon was recovered, but Chad remained on the missing list.

A couple who were walking their dog spotted Chad near the Salmon Leap pub in Totton - seven miles away -and gave him some bread. Rob Bailey from Romsey World of Water left a bread trail and recaptured Chad.

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Chad is treated for his wounds Credit: Romsey World of Water

Staff at Romsey World of Water treated Chad's wounds. A hook had to be cut in half before being removed. Chad is making a good recovery.

Fishy friends reunited after the floods

Chad the Carp has been reunited with his best friend, Steve the Sturgeon. Both escaped from Romsey World of Water during the recent floods. Steve the Sturgeon was recovered, but Chad remained on the missing list.

A couple who were walking their dog spotted Chad near the Salmon Leap pub in Totton - seven miles away -and gave him some bread.

Rob Bailey from Romsey World of Water left a bread trail and recaptured Chad. More details to follow.

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Female falcon is new arrival at Chichester Cathedral

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The new female at Chichester Cathedral Credit: RSPB

A new pair of peregrines is breeding at Chichester Cathedral. The female which delighted observers over 13 breeding seasons by producing a record 45 chicks has not returned to the nest this spring.

The new female, identified by wildlife photographers and keen peregrine watchers David and Janet Shaw, who work closely with the RSPB, has had three males vying for her attention.

Who would drive a van like this...?

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

There are TV shows that some fans just can't get enough of. Classics like Only Fools and Horses for example. But for one man in Sussex, that love and devotion has gone a bit further than you might expect - he's built his own "Trotters Trading" Reliant van.

Daniel Clift is Crawley's answer to Del Boy. He took our reporter David Johns for a spin.

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Pizza date leads to restaurant reception

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Julie and Paul cut the pizza Credit: Pizza Hut

Paul Young and Julie Hansford held their wedding reception in a Pizza Hut restaurant in Salisbury on Saturday. They had one of their first dates in a Pizza Hut restaurant and visited on a regular basis when courting.

Eighty guests attended the couple's wedding in Pizza Hut, with more than 20 people sitting at the top table.

Rare monkey born at Howletts Wild Animal Park

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The newly born Francois Langur Credit: Howletts

Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury, is celebrating the arrival of one of the world’s rarest primates. The newly born Francois Langur is the first ever of its species to be born at the park.

Rare both in the wild and in captivity, the monkeys are listed as endangered. The species is native to northeast Vietnam and southern China, where they live at a slightly higher altitude than most langurs.

They inhabit semi-tropical monsoon forest and well-sheltered areas in limestone ranges, but due to major changes in land use the population has diminished. As a result of hunting and habitat loss, their population in the Guangxi Province in China alone has decreased by 85% in recent years.

See lions protecting their patch at Kent sanctuary

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation has released a video of its lions in a roaring competition at their Big Cat Sanctuary at Smarden in Kent.

The conservation group looks after more than 50 'big cats' at the sanctuary.

The video shows lions trying to defend their area of the site from approaching lions from another pride.

On one side of the site are Kafara, Manzi and Tiny, who are three brothers; while at another location on the site Themba, Joy and Sophia roar - warning the other lions to stay away from their cubs.

You can see the video in full here.

Pan-da-cakes served up for animal park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park enjoying Shrove Tuesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park have joined in the celebration of Shrove Tuesday by eating some special pancakes.

Mulan and Tibao were served unconventional crepes - from a mix known as panda cake.

Panda cake is a special dietary product which contains many of the daily nutrients required to keep the pandas fit and healthy.

Head Keeper Mark said: "We work hard in the zoo to deliver foodand other items of interest to the animals in ways that will keep them mentally stimulated.”

"Pandas are nervous creatures and they were a little wary at first. Mulan was the first to come and investigate - she can never resist a grape! She cleared the whole crepe up in a jiffy!”

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