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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.

Fan serenaded by Gary Barlow for naming son after him

Claire Douglas selfie with Gary Barlow
Claire Douglas took this selfie on stage with Gary Barlow, who sang A Million Love Songs to her

A woman was serenaded by Gary Barlow in front of 10,000 fans after telling him she had named her baby son after him.

Claire Douglas was selected from the crowd in Newcastle and allowed up on stage after the singer spotted her banner, which read: 'I love you that much my baby son is called Barlow!'

Her son is called William Robert Barlow Jamie Douglas.

Claire's banner said: "I love you that much my baby son is called Barlow"


A cut-throat competition

by Ross Hutchinson

A barber from North Shields has made it all the way to the final of a competition to find the UK's best wet shaver.

Chris Moon, who runs family business Kutz Barber Shop, beat off 14 other local barbers to become the North East's Best Wet Shaving Barber.

We sent Ross Hutchinson to find out more...

Chris will compete in the grand final on May 25. Until then he says he has a constant stream of 'brave' friends to practice his speed-shaving on.

Music courtesy of Julien Neel - Trudbol A Capella

Are these hand-reared emus Spring's biggest chicks?

The chicks are being hand-reared at an animal sanctuary in Redcar.
The chicks are being hand-reared at an animal sanctuary in Redcar. Credit: Kirkleatham Owl Centre

Two emu chicks have been hand-reared by staff at an animal sanctuary in Redcar.

Donk and Didge are only four weeks old but they already measure a foot tall.

Staff at the Kirkleatham Owl Centre have their hands full with the new arrivals.

Volunteer Natalie Winner said: 'They run, jump, throw themselves on the floor-they even roll on their backs with legs in the air!--its all very un birdlike & very comical!''

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