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Pride of lions arrives at Pembrokeshire zoo

Baby lion cub
The lions arrived at Folly Farm on Tuesday and have been spending time getting used to their surroundings Credit: Folly Farm

A zoo in Pembrokeshire is welcoming Wales' first ever pride of African lions.

The pride, which is made up of one adult male, and a family of lionesses and juvenile lions have made the journey from Longleat Safari Park to Folly Farm, helping to make the attraction a flagship exhibit for Wales.

The arrival of the pride marks the completion of a £500,000 project to build a purpose-built two acre enclosure for the lions.

Hugo the male lion
Male lion Hugo heads the pride Credit: Folly Farm

The lion's new enclosure is made up of four dens/bedrooms, and from today, visitors will be able to come and see them.

Alongside the lion house there is an education centre, themed as a fully-equipped ranger's hut. It will provide visitors with information on African lions, and the work carried out to monitor and protect them.

It's estimated the numbers of African lions in the wild have declined by as much as 30% in the last ten years.

"The new lion enclosure at Folly Farm is extremely impressive. When I was given a tour of the flagship exhibit I was overwhelmed by the great deal of thought that has gone into every aspect of the design of the enclosure.

It is an enclosure that Folly Farm should be very proud of and I know that our lions will be very happy to make it their new home."

– Jon Cracknell, Director of Animal Operations, Longleat Safari Park


How much did the dress made of loom bands sell for?

The dress is made of 20,000 elastic bands and cost £47 to make Credit: ITV News Wales

A dress made of loom bands has sold in an online auction for £170,100.

The dress, which is made from more than 20,000 elastic bands, cost £47 to make.

Watch Wales at Six tonight on ITV Cymru Wales to hear our interview with the woman behind the creation.

Loom band dress maker: Online bids have gone 'crazy'

An online auction for a dress made from loom bands ends tonight, with bids already exceeding £170,000.

The woman behind the creation says enthusiasm for the dress has gone 'crazy'.

The dress cost £47 to make, and Helen Wright says that any money made will be 'a bonus'.

Bidding on the online auction website ends at 5.15pm.

You can see our full interview with Helen on Wales at Six tonight on ITV.

Loom dress online auction deadline looms

The dress is made of 20,000 elastic bands and cost £47 to make Credit: eBay

An online auction for a dress made from loom bands ends tonight, with bids already exceeding £170,000.

Helen Wright of Prestatyn was shocked when bidding went through the roof for the dress, which is made from 20,000 elastic bands.

The dress cost £47 to make. Bidding ends at 5.15pm.


Trapped girl, 9, reunited with lifeboat rescue crew

A nine-year-old girl who was trapped between giant rocks while playing hide-and-seek on the beach at Aberaeron has been reunited with the RNLI lifeboat volunteers who rescued her.

Watch: Dramatic rescue operation for 9-year-old girl trapped playing hide and seek

Eira pictured with RNLI lifeboat crew Tom Evans and Ben Billingham. Credit: Pete Kemp

Eira was trapped on Thursday evening, still wearing her school uniform, and stuck between rocks.

She was dramatically rescued, with the tide beginning to rise.

It was the first call-out for 17-year-old Tom Evans, a volunteer with New Quay inshore RNLI lifeboat, who crawled inside the rock and helped release her, by cutting her out of her wellington boots.

Eira and her family with New Quay operations manager Roger Couch, and crew Tom Evans and Ben Billingham. Credit: Pete Kemp

Click here to watch the full rescue operation & for more on the story

Is this loom band dress worth £170,000?

The loom craze seems to have gone a bit loony as this dress made out of loom bands on Ebay is attracting bids of almost £170,000.

The loom band dress is up for sale on ebay. Credit: ebay

But who would buy it? It's only for those who will fit a size four and six.

There have been 137 bids so far.

The seller, helenwright72 from Prestatyn in Denbighshire, describes the dress as 'Multi-coloured, made from loom bands. Picture shows my daughter wearing it (approx size 4/6).'

There are only four days left to bid.

The child's loom band dress that could cost you £170k Credit: ebay
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