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Thumb-sized baby dormice rescued from plantpot

Only two of the four dormice survived following the rescue Credit: Wildwood Trust

A group of baby dormice were discovered in a plant pot bought from a garden centre in Kent.

The mice were taken to the Fur and Feather Wildlife Trust in Folkestone and mounted a 24 hour vigil.

Two of the babies did not survive but the two that remain are healthy and safe in the care of the Wildlife Trust conservation.

The Wildwood dormouse rescue centre is the biggest of its kind in the UK and the Canterbury based charity is helping to strengthen dormouse breeding.

Hazel Ryan, Wildwood’s Senior Conservation Officer said, "The hazel dormouse is now classed as extremely vulnerable to extinction but through projects such as this, Wildwood hopes to tip the balance back in favour of the dormouse.”

Due to the cold weather, the survival of the late babies are very small Credit: Wildwood Trust


Getting ready for the Berkshire Show

Video. More than 50,000 people will be heading to Newbury over the next two days to enjoy the Berkshire Show. Visitors can see everything from chickens to llamas, craft displays to hot air balloons. For farmers, it is the shop window for their livestock.

Penny Silvester has been to see how some have been getting their animals ready. She spoke to Terry Perkins, a cattle farmer, Caroline Hadley, a chicken breeder and Ian Lawrence, a pig farmer.

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Animal rescue crisis in south-east

For a nation of animal lovers we're doing a pretty bad job. Animal centres across Kent are reporting ever greater numbers of cats, dogs and other pets being dumped, abandoned or mistreated.

The RSPCA says its centres at Canterbury and Leybourne are now at crisis point - so full, they simply can't deal with any more animals. David Johns reports, speaking to Christine Dooley and Adele Collier from the RSPCA in Kent.

To help re-home a cat or any of the other animals, please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0751 or visit

Heifer and baby rescued by fire service

The pregnant cow being rescued by Hampshire Fire Service Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Hampshire firefighters were involved in a dramatic rescue of a pregnant cow and her baby from a muddy pit in Crawley.

The heifer and her calf were saved from the pit with the calf being safely born minutes later.

A team of firefighters helped the calving cow out of the pit to safety Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

When firefighters arrived, the cow was almost fully submerged in the slurry pit up to her neck, desperately trying to stay afloat.

Calving while submerged in the pit, odds of the calf being delivered were very slim.

As soon as the calf was delivered the farmer and vet set to work to get it to breathe.

After a challenging delivery, the mother and baby are fit and well and were standing up only 20 minutes after birth.

The cow and her calf have made a quick recovery Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue


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Rescue animals to help addicts

For people with severe alcohol and drugs addiction, a stint of goat husbandry might sound like an odd prescription. But that's one approach being tried out by a specialist recovery centre near Maidstone.

The Kenward Trust, which helps addicts to clean up their lives and get back on track, has formed a partnership with the Buttercups Goat Sanctuary. It's hoped that caring for the animals every day will help to bring structure and a sense of responsibility to the Trust's residents.

David Johns explains, talking to Ken Crawford from the Kenward Trust, volunteer Valerie Underdown, and Bob Hitch, founder of Buttercups Goat Sanctuary.

Did you know baby beavers were called 'kits'?

Two new baby beavers have been born at Drusillas Park in East Sussex.

The two kits were born on Wednesday 5th June 2013. Their father Gnasher has become a parent for the first time. Their mother is called Gnawer.

The park is the only zoo in the Uk to house North American beavers.

One of the two new American Beaver kits born at an animal park in East Sussex Credit: Drusillas Park

The site's Head Keeper, Mark Kenward said: “It’s always difficult to know how an animal will cope with becoming a parent for the first time but in Gnasher’s case there really was no need to worry...

"From the moment the kits were born he has protected and cared for them and even cut the umbilical cord with his teeth. He has proven himself to be a fantastic dad and deserves to be thoroughly spoilt this Fathers Day.”

Orphaned baby wallaby Skye is 'doing well' at park

Skye the wallaby is being looked after at a wildlife park in the New Forest

An orphaned baby wallaby is settling in at the New Forest Wildlife Park after her mother died. Skye is four months old and sleeps in a makeshift pouch lined with her mother's fur. She is fed milk, but also eats dandelions, cucumber and bananas.

Skye needs to be fed every four hours and goes home each night with her keeper Donna Liversedge. Donna said: "She's adorable. She sticks her head out from the pouch and watches the world go by. Sometimes she gets out and hops around my bedroom.

"She seems very happy bouncing around and unfazed by her loss. She's an absolute celebrity with my housemates - they love her. When the weather is warmer and she is older she will be able to socialise with the other wallabies, but for the time being she's happy in her pouch."

Dog owner to pay farmer £600 after four sheep deaths

Sussex Police say a dog owner has agreed to pay £600 to a farmer, after his pet chased sheep leading four of the animals to die. The sheep worrying happened in January on Telscombe Tye, Telscome Cliffs.

Sheep worrying is a criminal offence and the public are urged to keep dogs under full control, ideally on leads, especially in areas where livestock are present, to prevent incidents like this occurring. "In this case, the offender agreed to pay the farmer £600 for the loss of his sheep as part of an agreed community resolution."

– PC Dave Tourell, from the Peacehaven, Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs Neighbourhood Policing Team
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