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Tawny owl chick rescued in Bangor

This three-week-old tawny owl chick is now being looked after it was found by a woman walking her dog near Bangor University.

Rachel Taylor happens to be a research officer for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Although the BTO is not an organisation that normally rescues birds, as a licensed bird ringer she was able to safely handle the chick.

Raptor rehabilitation experts will look after the bird until it can be released Credit: Bangor University

"At this age the increasingly active chicks (probably three or four in a brood) begin to explore around and outside the nest cavity and the more adventurous males do occasionally fall out of their tree" said Rachel.

"The bad weather last night and this morning meant this chick was on the ground, plumage completely soaked through and very cold – which would have been fatal – and unable to climb the tree, making it vulnerable to predators on the ground and ‘invisible’ to its parents."

The bird will now be cared for until it is fully-feathered and has learned to hunt for itself in a 'wild' environment.

It will then be released back into the wild where it was found.


Delays possible after phone issues at Ysbyty Gwynedd

Phone lines at Ysbyty Gwynedd are 70 per cent up and running, but the health board is warning that there may be some disruption to outpatient appointments today.

The systems at the Bangor hospital were knocked out during the weekend's storms.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says it hopes the remaining lines will be operation by the end of today.

Today, outpatient appointments will go ahead as planned but patients should be aware that there may be some disruption or delay. Patients trying to ring and book an outpatient appointment at Ysbyty Gwynedd may experience difficulties this morning, however we hope that these lines will be up and running by the end of the day.

Urgent operations are going ahead, however, we have cancelled approximately 20 planned operations and individual patients have been contacted. Arrangements are being made to reschedule these patients as soon as possible.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesperson

Phone lines down at Ysbyty Gwynedd after storms

Calls are currently being taken by staff at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Credit: ITV Wales

Managers at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor have said that staff at the hospital have been working "extremely hard" to ensure patient care continues after phone lines were knocked out following heavy rain and lighting.

Lines are still down following yesterday's storms and are calls are being transferred to staff at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd near Rhyl. It's unknown when lines are expected to be working again.

"We have been resolve the problem and work is continuing with staff andcontractors on site...Staff are working extremely hard to keep all services safe and operational with the support of radios, pagers, mobiles and other specialist phones." - Betsi Cadwaladr spokesperson

Man 'very lucky' to escape serious injury in Snowdonia fall

The man fell 50ft down the summit of Tryfan in Snowdonia. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Mountain rescuers in Snowdonia say a walker was 'very lucky' to escape serious injury after falling 50ft on the 3,000ft peak of Tryfan.

The man in his 30s was descending the mountain when he fell down a steep slope and ended up unconscious in a stream, where he later came round.

18 members of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team and an RAF helicopter from Anglesey were called out to assist.

The man was winched off the peak and flown to hospital in Bangor with head and possible back injuries.


Six taken to hospital after Bangor pub fire

The fire broke out in the early hours of this morning Credit: ITV News

Six people were taken to hospital by ambulance in the early hours of this morning after a fire broke out at a pub in Bangor. One man suffered burns and internal injuries, after jumping from the second floor. Two police officers also suffered smoke inhalation

A North Wales Police spokeswoman said a man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with the fire.

Scratchcard dad says he'll buy a house with win

Lynval Allen says he'll buy a house with the win. Credit: National Lottery.

A dad from Bangor is celebrating today after scooping the top prize on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Lynval Allen from Bethesda is now planning on buying his own home – something he never believed would be possible before the win.

Lynval, who has two sons and has been living in rented accommodation since he moved to Bethesda 10 years ago, said that without the £250,000 owning a house would never have become a reality.

Lynval, who works in Tesco, Bangor, said, “I only buy Scratchcards occasionally when the mood takes me. I bought one just before Christmas and won £100. I have bought a couple since and then I bought this latest one."

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