An extremely rare piglet has been born at Chester Zoo. Only 200 Visayan warty pigs are thought to be left in their native habitat in the Philippines, making them the rarest of all wild pigs.
Keeper Lucy Edwards said: “Visayan warty pigs are critically endangered and face an extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild [...] It really is a battle against time to save them".
Chester Zoo was the first in the UK to welcome Visayan warty pigs, a species that gets its name from three pairs of fleshy warts on the boar's face. The sex of the pig is yet to be determined.
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.
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.
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.
Two students have apologised after entering a fancy dress competition in Chester dressed as New York's Twin Towers under attack.
Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19, were given £150 in shopping vouchers after winning the contest at a nightclub.
Their outfits depicted flames and explosions during the terror attack on the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001.
The University of Chester students, who entered the horror-themed fancy dress competition on Halloween, told the Sun: "We never meant to be offensive, but we apologise if any offence was caused.
"The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke."
Keepers at Chester Zoo have stepped in to raise a young antelope dik-dik after it was rejected by its mother.
Aluna the Kirk's dik-dik antelope was born two weeks ago but was unable to bond with her mother.
It is the second time keepers ta the zoo have had to hand-rear a young dik-dik after a female new born was rejected in 2010 - possibly due to cold weather.
The species is native to Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia and arrived at the zoo in 2008.
The youngster will be bottle fed milk five times a day until it can eat on its own.
A groom who set fire to his own wedding venue was caught on CCTV going into a drawing room at Peckforton Castle Hotel in Cheshire where the blaze started. Witnesses said 37-year-old Max Kay from Hunts Cross in Liverpool was drunk.
A bridegroom who starting a devastating fire at the country house where his wedding reception was held has been jailed for six years.
Max Kay caused £6 million worth of damage to Peckforton Castle Hotel, near Tarporley, Cheshire. The blaze led to almost 200 people, including 11 children, being evacuated.
Kay, 36, from Liverpool, pleaded guilty to a charge of arson that was reckless as to whether life was endangered.
Bridegroom Max Kay has been sentenced to six years in jail at Chester Crown for starting a fire at the country house hotel where his wedding reception was held.