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UK dog lover rescues stray who had legs chopped off

A dog whose abusive owners chopped off its two front legs is set to walk again thanks to a British dog-lover who brought him from Romania to the UK for treatment.

Six-year-old stray dog Colin, whose owners in Romania cut off his two front legs. Credit: SWNS Group

Colin's front legs had been deliberately amputated and he had been walking on the stumps when he was rescued by dog-lover Claire Revis, who was told about the animal's plight by a friend working with stray dogs in Romania.

The 48-year-old from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, said: "He was found in a horrendous state, he'd been walking on bare bones, the skin on his two front legs had come off and he had a lot of infection.

Colin is now living in the UK and awaiting treatment that will help him walk again. Credit: SWNS Group

"He'd probably lost them months before; the vets said they'd been chopped off deliberately."

Colin is now in Britain and has begun treatment to be fitted with prosthetic limbs but requires more surgery.

Ms Revis has so far raised £7,500 of the £9,500 needed to pay for the care.

"The £3,000 to buy his actual limbs has already been donated by the charity Finding Furever Homes," Ms Revis said.

China approves 10-year jail terms for eating rare animals

The rising number of people eating rare animals in China has prompted the country to introduce tough new jail sentences that could see offenders jailed for 10 years or more.

China will jail people who eat rare animals, including the panda, for 10 years or more Credit: Reuters

Spending thousands of yuan to eat rare or endangered animals is considered a status symbol among some of the country's wealthiest people.

A new interpretation of the criminal law passed yesterday "clears up ambiguities about buyers of prey of illegal hunting" and means people found eating protected animals face jail sentences ranging from three years to more than 10 years, Xinhua said.

China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins.

"Eating rare wild animals is not only bad social conduct but also a main reason why illegal hunting has not been stopped despite repeated crackdowns," said Lang Sheng, deputy head of parliament's Legislative Affairs Commission.

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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.

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.

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