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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The lorry has gone into the central reservation
Work has started on the centre, which will open next year in West Sleekburn and is named after Ernest Rutherfod who identified the proton.
Proposals for the sea defence scheme at the Central Lower Promenade in Whitley Bay will help protect homes & businesses.