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Technical iss-ewes: No more Shaun tickets this week

The organisers of the Great Sheep Roundup say there will be thousands left to buy once technical issues are sorted. Credit: ITV West Country

Tickets for Bristol's new Shaun the Sheep exhibition are on hold, after the site selling them crashed from huge demand on the day they went online.

The organisers of the Great Sheep Roundup say no more tickets will be released this week - but that there will be thousands left to buy once the technical problems are solved.

Is this the poshest graffiti you've ever seen?

Bristolian actor Joe Sims recently shared a photo on his Twitter account of some graffiti on the walls of St Werburgh's which spells the word 'quinoa'.

The actor, who is famous for his role in ITV's drama Broadchurch, included the hashtag "middle class graffiti"in his tweet.

He also joked with his followers that Bristol had become "a lot posher than it used to be!".

The same word has also been spotted in Glenfrome Road and Mina Road, but we're not sure if this artist is trying to rival the works of Banksy!

Shaun the Sheep ticket site crashes after huge demand

Credit: ITV West Country

The website selling tickets for Bristol's new Shaun the Sheep exhibition has been taken down after huge demand.

The exhibition site says tickets will be available again after the problem is fixed.

The Shaun in the City sculptures have been hugely popular in Bristol. The new exhibition at Cribbs Causeway is set to bring them all together, along with sculptures from London.

Baa you ready for the ultimate Shaun the Sheep experience?

Bristolians have gone baa-rmy for Aardman's Shaun sculptures this summer. Credit: Kim Ball

If you've been out spotting Shaun the Sheep sculptures in Bristol and have missed a few, don't worry.

An exhibition is due to open at the city's Cribbs Causeway next month - September 12th to 20th - bringing all the models together, including the 50 from the London trail.

Tickets go on sale online at 1pm on Tuesday, August 18th.


Panda born after lonely heart advert

Rare red panda cub Credit: Longleat

A rare red panda cub has been born at Longleat after keepers launched an international lonely hearts ad to find a mate for their male.

It’s the first time the famous Wiltshire safari park has successfully bred red pandas.

Dad Ajenda, which means ‘King of the Mountain’, came to Longleat from Germany in 2012 and mum Rufina, meaning ‘red-haired’, arrived from Italy just over a year later, following an appeal by keepers.

Baby panda with mum Rufina Credit: Longleat

The birth is particularly welcome as this particular pairing is deemed to be critical to the ongoing success of European Endangered Species Programme for the Red Panda.

Like their famous, but unrelated, namesakes the giant pandas, red pandas are increasingly endangered in the wild.

The species was officially designated as ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2008 when the global population was estimated at about 10,000 individuals.

As yet unnamed boy panda Credit: Longleat

Like giant pandas about two-thirds of their food intake is made up of bamboo. Bamboo is not the most nutritious of foods so they have to eat a lot of it to survive.

As it is relatively low in calories, red pandas tend to spend much of their time either eating or sleeping.

As well as plain bamboo keepers supplement their diet with a mix of fruits, eggs and the occasional insects. They also make a special type of bamboo cake which the pandas are especially fond of.

A red panda was featured as Master Shifu, the Kung Fu teacher, in the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda and its 2011 sequel Kung Fu Panda 2.

We’re delighted with how well Rufina is looking after the young cub and both mother and baby are doing brilliantly.

Cubs don’t tend to start venturing out on their own for the first three months and Rufina, like all red panda mums, regularly moves the cub to different nesting areas.

This is perfectly natural behaviour but makes keeping track of the baby, or even confirming what sex it is, somewhat problematic for us!

– Robert Curtis, keeper

Missed the Balloon Fiesta? See 360 degrees of Bristol from the sky

Never been up in a balloon? See 360 degrees of Bristol from the sky with one click. Credit: FundamentalVR

Even with the Balloon Fiesta just gone, Bristol's ballooning craze is still going strong.

The balloon fans who missed out this year (and those who just want to see their city from the sky) can get a 360-degree balloon view with this stunning video by FundamentalVR.

Bristol mayor says things will change after Balloon Fiesta traffic gridlock

Thousands had to be turned away from the popular yearly event. Credit: Aaron Sims

The Mayor of Bristol has told ITV News he's investigating how to improve access to the city's annual Balloon Fiesta, after thousands had to be turned away on Saturday night.

Spectators travelling by car faced miles of queues and long delays getting onto the site at Ashton Court. In the end organisers told people to stay away for the first time in the event's 37-year history.

Many stuck in traffic vented their frustrations on social media.

Was the popular free event a victim of its own success this year? Victoria Davies' report has the full story.

Was the Bristol Balloon Fiesta a victim of its own success?

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015 Credit: Mark Woolacott

Organisers of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta say the last four days have been some of the most successful in the event's history - but was it a victim of its own success?

For the first time ever, the site was closed and spectators turned away on Saturday night because it was so full - with traffic problems for many of those trying to get in.

At the event itself, mass balloon ascents and night glows attracted more than half a million people.

Ben Hardy, Operations Director of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, hopes the event will be bigger and better next year.

How would you rate the balloon fiesta? Email us

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