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Car 'overheats' forcing family to flee from lion's den

Helen Clements and her children Charlie and George told ITV News that her car had "overheated", causing the family to abandon the vehicle at a lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.

Ms Clements said: "What we thought we better do is, because what you are supposed to do is sound your horn, so we did. But my son George thought he better get out the car, so he opened the door, and got out the car. And I just said "George don't get out of the car"".

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Lions 150m from cars at Longleat

The spokesman for Longleat Safari Park said that the visitors involved in the incident were believed to be a mother and her son and daughter who were aged around 12 or 13. Visitors said the lions were 150 metres from the people carrier when the incident happened and the car was left "burnt out".

The family remained in the smoking vehicle until the rangers arrived, and the car caught fire when they had left the area. Longleat staff said at no point were the mother and children waiting outside their vehicle.

Cars were cleared from the area following the fire to make way for the fire service, but the park was up and running again shortly after.

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Rooney and Gerrard: Penguins named after footballers

A baby penguin weighting just 87 grams has hatched in Chester Zoo.

Rooney, named after England forward Wayne, was one of the first Humboldt penguins to hatch at the zoo this year.

The penguin keepers are naming this year’s clutch after past and present superstars of the football World Cup.

Chester Zoo funds a penguins conservation initiative Credit: Chester Zoo
A baby penguin makes its way out of the egg. Credit: Chester Zoo

Rooney has already been joined by Gerrard, named after current England captain Steven, Banks, after 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon, and Moore after 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby.

Baby Humboldt penguin Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo funds conservation initiatives in the penguins’ homeland to help them in their natural habitat, where they are faced with many pressures including over fishing of their food and habitat loss.

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Otter palava: Animal swipes camera and takes selfie

Musa the otter's other hobbies include juggling pebbles. Credit: Owen Humphreys /PA Wire

An inquisitive otter became the latest 21st-century being to take a selfie when it snapped itself with a professional photographer's camera.

Musa, a resident of the Washington Wetland Centre in Tyne and Wear, used a GoPro camera belonging to a Press Association photographer that it found lying on the ground.

Owen Humphreys, 41, said: "I had just put the camera down and the otter came up to the bars and snatched it in both paws. The craze for selfies has gone mad."

Musa's selfie is being hailed as an important breakthrough in ph-otter-graphy.

Edinburgh pandas given help with artificial insemination

The UK's only female giant panda has been artificially inseminated after failed attempts to help her mate naturally.

Tian Tian the panda
Staff's hopes of a pregnancy follow last year's disappointment when the pair did not mate. Credit: PA

Edinburgh Zoo bosses were hopeful that Tian Tian would mate with her intended partner Yang Guang this year.

But after her hormone levels started to fall quickly they turned to artificial insemination, using samples from the male.

Experts say they will not know for certain whether Tian Tian is pregnant until she gives birth, which could be in August or September.

'Esso tiger' Tango saved from death by wildlife park

A former "Esso tiger" has been rescued by a wildlife park in Lincolnshire.

Tango featured in the Esso adverts with the slogan 'Put a tiger in your tank'.
Tango featured in the Esso adverts with the slogan 'Put a tiger in your tank'. Credit: Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park/PA Wire

Eighteen-year-old Tango had been earmarked for destruction in Belgium along with his partner Julia after the two tigers were seized from a German circus last year.

The eighteen-year-old tiger went straight to bed when he arrived at the park. Credit: Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park

The pair were rescued following a campaign by Neil Mumby and his team of keepers at Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park in Lincolnshire.

The tiger roars for the camera.
Tango and his partner Julia have settled in to their new home and are ready to take on the park's visitors. Credit: Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park

"They are doing really well. They've had a long journey and just like us humans, they get tired, so they went straight to bed when they got here", Mr Mumby said.

Find out more about Tango and Julia and their upkeep here

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