The second of two stolen parrots has been recovered and returned to its home in Middlesbrough.
The two African grey parrots were stolen from a property on Bransdale Road in Berwick Hills between Thursday 24th and Monday 28th September.
The first parrot, Missy, was reunited with her owner on Wednesday 30th September and the second parrot, Snoop Dogg, was returned home today (Friday).
Cleveland Police have thanked everyone who helped with this incident and to everyone who shared the posts via social media, saying it is much appreciated.
The first seal pup of the year has been born on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland Coast, marking the start of this year’s annual seal count by the Islands’ resident rangers.
- Every year over 1,500 pups are born on the islands
- They have an estimated population of 5,000 seals
- Rangers spend three months each autumn counting the seals
- Breedings starts in mid-September and most pups are born in October and November
A typical day for the rangers involves landing on the seal colonies to monitor the birth of the pups. Once born, they’re sprayed with a harmless dye to indicate the week they are born, which allows the Rangers to keep an accurate count. The job is not as easy as it sounds, as protective mother seals can become aggressive when the rangers get too close.
The public can visit the island - and its seals - by making a short boat trip from Seahouses.
A hamster which had to have its leg amputated after a freak accident has made a full recover. Tiny Beth had to undergo surgery to remove her leg at the PDSA Sunderland Pet Hospital after a piece of wire got caught around the limb.
Victoria Wilkinson, 38, from Washington, said she had noticed Beth had become withdrawn and uninterested in her food, but wasn’t showing any visible signs of illness.
She said: “Beth wasn’t coming out for her food so we picked her up and, to our horror, we found this piece of wire which seemed to have gone around her foot and up her leg.
“I tried to have a closer look and Beth started to squeal so we took her straight to PDSA.”
PDSA Senior Vet, Lianne O’ Brien, from Sunderland Pet Hospital, said after inspecting the injury the decision was taken to amputate Beth’s foot and part of her leg.
It’s not something we take lightly as it’s high risk to put a small animal like a hamster under anaesthetic, but we realised we had no choice but to amputate. We warned Beth’s owners that it would be a risky operation but thankfully everything went well and Beth has gone on to make a full recovery.
Victoria said that she and her daughter Codie, 13, were extremely grateful to PDSA for the treatment Beth received:
“We were so worried about Beth. It was Codie’s birthday on the same day and she actually postponed her party until the evening as she wanted to make sure her hamster was ok first.
“Beth is doing great now and she can do all the things she used to before the accident and still loves going in her wheel, even with just three legs.”
Victoria said they are still stumped as to how the metal ended up in Beth’s cage, but they think the wire may have been hidden in Beth's bedding.
- Hamsters belong to the family Cricetidae
- There are 24 different speciesthat inhabit a variety of habitats and locations.
- Hamster whiskers vibrate backwards up to 30 times a second
- Hamsters' teeth never stop growing, and can sharpen themselves
Two black rhinos are settling in to their new home at Flamingo Land Resort. They have come from Zurich.Read the full story ›
It is Moth Night tonight and you can get involved.
It is very simple, you just need to identify and count the moths you see in your garden tonight.
There are several ways to attract them - find out more here
Around 40 species of migrating moths have appeared in the UK for the first time in the last 15 years - some travelling from as far as North Africa.
You might also spot a moth marked by researchers which could provide more information about migration.
Once you have your count completed you can record your findings here.
The count lasts for three nights so if you are not about tonight there is still time to get involved - and let us know how you get on.
Send any pictures to email@example.com
The "Usain Bolt of the tortoise world" left crowds shell-shocked after smashing the previous record on an uphill track in County Durham.Read the full story ›
Calypso was born at Blue Reef Aquarium in North Tyneside in July, but only recently has she been able to do her first tour.Read the full story ›
The red panda and Rothschild giraffe were born at the North Yorkshire attraction this summer.Read the full story ›
Police are appealing to farmers after suspected stolen lambs were found near Thirsk.
About 20 of this year's lambs (six months to a year old) were recovered on 24 August 2015.
Police say they do not appear to have ever been tagged and are of a Texel or Hampshire Down breed or similar.
Anyone who has any information about the lambs, or have had any stolen recently, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.
Two people have been injured in incidents involving cows in our region.
A 55-year-old local man was trampled by the animals while walking his dog in Redmire in Wensleydale on Wednesday August 26th.
The victim was treated at scene for serious chest and spinal injuries before being flown to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Around ten minutes later and miles away in Northumberland their Cumbria-based aircraft was dispatched to Hadrian's Wall.
There a French women had sustained a blow to the chest from a cow and was in some discomfort.
Her injuries were found not to be serious and she was able to be transferred to hospital by the North East Ambulance Service.