Otter spotted at safari park

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire may be famous for its lions but it's a wild otter that's the attraction this week

The cat that ripped her own ears off

A cat that was found abandoned in Gloucestershire had ripped her own ears off, it's thought through pain from cancer.

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PHOTOS: Harvey the Jack Russell in rescue ordeal

A small dog is recovering from a big ordeal after getting stuck down a hole near Bath.

Harvey the Jack Russell put firefighters through their paces when he disappeared down an opening under a large rock at Brown's Folly during a walk with his owner, Simon Tapcott and friends.

The crews dug their way down to him in a two and a half hour operation. Light had begun to fade and they were about to give up when they spotted him, pulled him out and returned him to his owner unharmed. He recorded the whole incident on camera.

Harvey looks none the worse for his ordeal - but he certainly put the fire service through their paces Credit: Simon Tapcott
The fire crew left their engine at the car park to Brown's Folly nature reserve before leaving on their quest to find two-year-old Harvey Credit: Simon Tapcott
Harvey slipped down a hole under a big rock and the firefighters dug down to find him Credit: Simon Tapcott
It's thought Harvey might have been chasing a rabbit or fox. Either way it made for a very awkward rescue Credit: Simon Tapcott
The three firefighters worked for two and a half hours to find Harvey and it was getting dark before they spotted him Credit: Simon Tapcott
Relief all round as the team brought Harvey to safety - just as they were going to give up the search Credit: Simon Tapcott

Sextuplets born to sheep in Dorset

This sheep at Colesmoor Farm in Dorset is the proud mother of sextuplets Credit: Farm Stay UK

A rare set of sextuplet lambs have been born at a farm in Toller Porcorum near Dorchester. They arrived last week are still thriving.

Rorie Geddes, the owner of Colesmoor Farm, says, "Although we have lots of triplets and quadruplets and the occasional quintuplet from our 300 ewes, we have never heard of a commercial ewe having six good lambs. Mum to the six healthy lambs is a five year old Roussin cross Mule ewe.

"She had been scanned to have five lambs so it was a nice surprise for Emily, our night time lamber, when a sixth turned up. She will probably rear three of them and the other three will join our other orphan lambs.”

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Bath sensory garden helps calm dogs

An animal shelter in Bath has come up with a new way to try to calm the dogs in its care - by building them a sensory garden.

Volunteers and workers at the Bath Cats and Dogs home have used selected flowers, and built sandpits, play areas and ponds to provide the perfect place for pent-up pooches to unwind.

Jane Solomons reports.

Hedgehog recovering after prickly encounter

Crispian poses with a crisp packet similar to the one he got stuck in Credit: Prickles Hedgehog Rescue

A hedgehog that got stuck in a crisp packet behind railings is recovering at a sanctuary in Cheddar. It took six people three and a half hours to rescue Crispian, as he's been named. His ordeal has made him an international star with regular requests for updates about his progress.

He will stay at Prickles Hedgehog Rescue for the winter as he is too small to survive hibernation. Staff hope to release him in spring when he will be much bigger and the weather is warmer.

To find out more about the sanctuary, click here

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Newts delay development

The great crested newt is a protected species Credit: ITV West

Building work on a new supermarket in Portishead has been delayed due to concerns over a population of great crested newts. Sainsbury's had hoped to start construction later this year but will now have to wait until next summer while Natural England arranges for the newts to be removed.

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