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RSPCA appeal after another buzzard shooting

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Following the shooting of a buzzard in Devon, the RSPCA have put out an appeal for information. The bird had been shot in the foot with an air gun.

The buzzard was discovered at the roadside in Tedburn St Mary near Exeter on January 20.

He was taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch centre near Taunton, Somerset. The bird had to be put down because of the severity of its injuries.

The buzzard is the fourth to be shot since the beginning on January.

If you have any information in regards to the shootings, or animal cruelty then call the RSPCA's 24-hour line on 0300 123 4999.



Seals rescued during winter storms released today

Two seals will be released today Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway

Two seals rescued by West Hatch Wildlife Centre are being released at Combe Martin today.

These are the last two seals to be released back into the wild. They have spent several months recuperating after being rescued during the winter storms. The seals were released at 10am, just before high tide.

West Hatch Wildlife Centre release seals rescued after storms Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway

West Hatch Wildlife Centre release more seals

This seal was released back into the wild in February Credit: ITV News West Country

Two seals who have been recuperating at the West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton after being washed up in the winter storms will be released today.

A large number of seals have been treated at wildlife centres across the south west after the bad weather - and most have now been returned to the wild.

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Wildlife centre marks 50th anniversary

They've been caring for animals for 50 years and today the West Hatch Wildlife Rescue Centre in Taunton marked the anniversary with a special celebration.

The facility cares for and rehomes injured pets and wild animals. The centre took in and cleaned up hundreds of birds after they were found covered in oil earlier this year.

Dr Brian May praises RSPCA staff in Taunton

Dr Brian May on his trip to West Hatch Credit: ITV News West Country

Queen guitarist Brian May has praised the team cleaning sea birds found covered in a sticky sustance on beaches in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

He's been visiting the RSPCA's West Hatch Centre near Taunton. Dr May is the organisation's vice president. He also joined a rally protesting against the forthcoming badger cull.

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