Kirkleatham Owl Centre says that Mario and his meerkat friends like to spend much of the day foraging for food, creepy crawlies, small mammals and birds eggs.
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Jake Berry toured the site and had a briefing with senior councillors, officials and construction workers.
The proprietor of a pub in Gristhorpe has been fined £600 for serious breaches of food hygiene regulations.
The Black Cats defender will make his return from injury against in the Cumbrians on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup.