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Stabbed donkey receives well-wishes from around the world

The story of a Welsh donkey who was stabbed 12 times has been touching the hearts of people around the world.

Messages of support have been pouring in for Cheeky, 22, since her attack in November.

Cheeky was attacked at the Greenmeadow Community Farm in November Credit: Gwent Police

Local businesses have also been lending a helping hand.

Security firms have offered free night patrols and installed a new security measure at the Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran.

Kate Holly, commercial manager at the farm, says support has come from around the world with businesses even donating herbal medication to rub on Cheeky's wounds.

The support has been wonderful and the messages of support have touched our hearts. The police have been actively investigating the case and have been wonderful. Hopefully justice will be served.

– Kate Holly, Greenmeadows Community Farm

Messages of support have come from New Zealand, America and Tanzania.

This breaks my heart. It's terrible to have poor Cheeky so viciously attacked at a peaceful community farm in Wales.

– Jessica, New Zealand

Police are still investigating the attack and ask anyone with information to call 101.

READ MORE: Police appeal after Cwmbran donkey suffers injuries


Camera snaps otter in Pembrokeshire survey

The otter took a liking to pond fish. Credit: Ella Black

An otter has been snapped in Pembrokeshire as part of a county-wide survey of the animals.

Solva resident Ella Black set up a camera after half the fish in her pond disappeared one night in September.

The intrepid animal's 'caused quite a stir' in the village. Credit: Ella Black

The National Park Authority teamed up with Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Officer Sue Burton in late 2013 to ask people to report coastal otter sightings for a county-wide research project.

Since then more than 130 sightings have been logged at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids, with each sighting marked with a pin on a special map, showing how they are distributed around the Pembrokeshire Coast.

We’ve received a number of sightings from people surfing, kayaking or swimming off the coast, but the photo and video evidence captured in Solva shows otters are also exploring the areas around the coast as they search for food.

– Ian Meopham, National Park Authority Ranger


'Dog is for life' campaign launched in Cardiff

The dog welfare charity Dogs Trust is taking to the streets of Cardiff later in a bid to stop thousands of puppies being bought this Christmas, only to be abandoned soon after.

The artwork is depicted with the reasons owners have given when giving up their dogs. Credit: Dogs Trust

To convey the charity’s slogan of ‘A Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas’, twelve artworks have been designed for city centre walls across the UK, depicting the reasons given to Dogs Trust staff by owners who no longer wish to care for their dogs.

The campaign launches in Cardiff with artwork being created of a chocolate and white puppy on a hoarding on Wood Street in the Welsh capital.

The street murals have been painted in various cities across the UK. Credit: Dogs Trust

"With more and more puppies flooding the Christmas market, all available at the click of a button -it is more essential than ever that our iconic message is ingrained in people’s minds. We hope that this visually striking campaign will encourage people to think twice about the commitment of dog ownership before impulsively buying a puppy. Our aim is to ensure that the artwork will be the only abandoned dogs the British public will see on their streets this Christmas period.”

– Giles Webber, Dogs Trust

Monkeys go bananas after Tesco cancels food deliveries

Tesco has supplied the sanctuary with cut-price food for several years. Credit: Wales News

Monkeys at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary were left without their usual supply of bananas yesterday after Tesco cancelled its delivery of reduced fruit and vegetables.

Owners at the sanctuary in Abercave, Swansea normally buy the waste food from the supermarket at 10 per cent of the retail price.

Tesco made changes to its waste food rules and cancelled the deliveries because it didn't want monkeys to get ill by eating out-of-date food.

It is health and safety gone mad. There is no way we would feed the monkeys anything that we thought might put their health at risk. I use the same principles when preparing the monkeys dinner as I do my own – if it smells and looks okay then I serve it.

– Jan Garen, sanctuary owner

After an appeal, Tesco has agreed to continue supplying cut price fruit and veg - but it will stop giving eggs, yoghurts and other fresh foods.

The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary does fantastic work in the local community and we are delighted to support it with fruit and vegetables at a greatly reduced price.

As a gesture of goodwill we also be donating some food to the sanctuary. We hope the apes and monkeys like it.

– Tesco spokesperson
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