Craig Wesson, the manager at Kirkleatham Owl Centre, has been looking after Mario the mongoose since he found him abandoned by his mother at just a few weeks old.
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Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service will be visiting the region, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions.
Enquiries are ongoing and police are appealing for information after the incident.
South Tyneside Council say despite its financial pressures, it is committed to regeneration, economic growth and job creation in the borough