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Bristol Aquarium is getting very excited about eight tadpoles in their care. That's because they are the young of the centre's rare phantasmal poison dart frogs, believed to be one of the most toxic amphibians in the world.
The species is on the endangered list and is now thought only to survive at seven sites on mountains in Ecuador.
They are very difficult to breed in captivity and the Aquarium is making sure the youngsters are well looked after in a separate tank with a special diet as they grow legs.
It will be at least two months before they go on general display. The Aquarium says it's delighted that another batch aren't that far behind them.
PHANTASMAL POISON DART FROG FACT: Scientists have discovered that an extract from the skin can block pain 200 times more effectively than morphine, without addiction and other serious side effects.
A police officer has rescued an injured deer she found lying by the road near Frome. PC Lucy Bagnowiec came across the animal on Nunney Road while on patrol earlier this month.
PC Bagnowiec took it to a local farmer who is an animal expert. She says:
“The poor thing had an injured eye and was obviously in a state of shock. The farmer put it in a stable with a heat lamp, fed and watered and nursed it, and after four or five days it was well enough to be released.
She goes on to say, “It’s nice to report a happy ending - and just shows you never know what a day as a police officer will bring.”
Cygnets born at the beginning of the month at the Bishop's Palace in Wells have learned to ring a bell for food in record time. The 11 baby swans are keeping up a tradition which began in the 1870s.
The cygnets were spotted by staff ringing the bell at the weekend who are amazed that they didn't need to be tempted by bread attached to the cord.
The video shows the youngsters being shown what to do by their parent and then you see them getting the hang of pulling the bell rope themselves.
You can follow the adventures of the young family on the Bishop's Palace Swancam.
Camden Crescent in Bath is closed in both directions while emergency crews deal with a deer that has got stuck in railings. That's between Lansdown Road and Camden Road / St Stephen's Road.
Wardens at Slimbridge were surprised to see a mute swan rearing a goose.
It may look like a cygnet but its yellow brown down gives it away. The differences will become more apparent in the coming weeks. Staff aren't sure how she ended up hatching the gosling but now they're inseparable.
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.
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.”
A cat that's been called Diesel, because of his experiences - is now being looked after by the RSPCA in Bristol after travelling from North Devon to the city, under the bonnet of a bus.
Robert Murphy has been to see the lucky (or unlucky) moggy, who is now homeless.
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.