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Fox cub released after plastic pot cut from its head

A fox cub that was found running around with a plastic pot stuck on its head has been released back into the wild by its rescuers after the object was cut free from its face.

Volunteers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) took care of the cub after it was spotted in Eastbourne on Wednesday 27th May. People living near its home kept a watch to make sure the cub's family were still in the area when it was time for the fox to be released. The cub was set free after a few days of treatment and care.

WRAS is calling on the public to make sure they pick up their rubbish and take it home rather than leaving the litter somewhere where wildlife could become caught or entangled in it.

"This is one of the key reason for doing wildlife rescue work, to see a recovered animal return back to where it belongs. Brilliant to see and so worth all our hard work"

– Trevor Weeks MBE, WRAS

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Cat survives after being shot three times in head

The pellets in Diego's head Credit: RSPCA

A cat has survived after being shot in the head three times.

The RSPCA is now appealing for information after the male black and white cat was found by a member of the public in Falcon Square, Eastleigh in Hampshire.

The cat - nicknamed Diego - was found on Saturday morning before he was taken to a local vet who cared for him before he was handed to the RSPCA.

An examination revealed Diego had been shot three times in his head, where one of the pellets was lodged behind his prolapsed eye.

Diego survived the shooting Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Tina Ward, who is now investigating, said the pellets were close together - indicating that the cat was confined or cornered before he was shot.

Cuckoos return to Sussex after 6000 mile round trip

Ash is now back in the Ashdown Forest Credit: British Trust for Ornithology

Two cuckoos have safely completed a 6000 mile round trip to spend the summer in Sussex.

The birds were fitted with tiny satellite tags last year. The cuckoos, named Ash and Chester, spent the winter in sub-Sararan Africa before flying back to the Ashdown Forest.

Scientists hope the data will help save the species which has been in sharp decline

Cuckoo numbers have been in decline Credit: British Trust for Ornithology

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Health improves for emaciated horse found on hillside

An emaciated horse found on a dark Harlow hillside is getting stronger every day and an appeal to help her has already raised an amazing £8,200, with more than 480 people donating.

The RSPCA appealed for information after Lara, a red and white mare was found on the 14 April.

Laura was found tied up by a chain last month Credit: RSPCA

Lara was discovered just 40 miles from where Gizmo, the foal who was found dying by the side of the road in February, was found. She was tied up by a chain with every bone on her body visible in Canons Brook at 8pm.

Lara is thought to be around a year old and weighed 161 kilograms, less than half the weight she should have been. She was so weak when she was found that she couldn’t stand on her front legs and had collapsed.

She was rescued by the same team as Gizmo, which as well as the RSPCA included the police and a vet, vet nurse and yard manager from Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic in Halstead, where she has received the best of care ever since.

Lara gained 6.5kgs in 21 days and continues to gain weight* but her recovery hasn’t been without difficulties. She has had problems with very sore feet after her deformed and overgrown hooves had to be trimmed. Vets at first feared she had had laminitis which could have damaged her bones. However, this week X-rays revealed that Lara’s bones are fine and she is now able to walk without padded feet.

Lara and Gizmo’s stories are sadly not uncommon. The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses. The RSPCA alone has more than 600 horses in its care and receives more than 400 complaints relating to horse welfare every week.

Like Gizmo, a Facebook appeal concerning Lara has already received an overwhelming response with many people asking how they can help. Those wanting to donate towards Lara’s care should visit https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/rspcahq/savelara

Any surplus funds will be used for the rescue and treatment of other equines in a similar situation.

Anyone with any information about how Gizmo and Lara came to be dumped so callously like this should call 0300 123 8018.

Exam time for police dogs - find evidence under water

On the whole we are used to seeing police dogs helping the force find vital evidence, in the fight against crime in the region. But now a select few of our four-legged friends, have been trained to sniff out evidence that has been hidden under water.

Only 14 dogs in the whole country have this ability. Cary Johnston caught up with two labradors attached to Surrey Police, as they were put through their paces in their final doggy exams, designed to test them to the limit.

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