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Rare birds breed in Somerset

Rare cattle egrets have bred successfully in Somerset. Credit: RSPB

Rare cattle egrets have bred successfully in Somerset. It is only the second time ever that this has happened in the UK.

The exotic birds are members of the heron family and have adopted a 70-acre wetland at Ham Wall nature reserve near Glastonbury.

The site is also home the majority of the UK's breeding great white egrets, another bird that has colonised the UK in the past five years.

There have been five nests of cattle egrets on site, producing 11 youngsters.

'The pig is safe': Police update anxious public on pig drama

Gloucestershire police have sought to reassure the public after a number of people phoned in about a pig spotted wandering the streets of Gloucester.

Yesterday we brought you news of the appeal to find whoever owns the animal.

Since then, police have tweeted that the pig has been picked up by the council and is in safe hands.

A number of people tweeted to tell officers that it looked more like a wild boar - but police remained firm in their identification.

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Anyone lost a budgie?

This is clearly something to tweet about. The Prospect on Exeter Quay have been looking after a budgie since it was rescued last night, Monday 10 July.

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Apparently a morrisman of all people came to the little bird's rescue:

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No one has come forward to claim the budgie yet:

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