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Paignton Zoo lion has acupuncture

Lion gets acupuncture
Lucifer the lion getting acupuncture from vet Nicki Grint Credit: Paignton Zoo

One of the lions at Paignton Zoo is being treated with acupuncture following a foot operation. Recent arrival Lucifer had previously had a tumour removed but it had failed to heal properly.

Veterinary anaesthetist Nicki Grint had previously only used acupuncture on dogs. The aim is to reduce pain and improve blood flow to aid the healing process.

Lucifer got his name because his number in the computerised Animal Record Keeping System (ARKS) is 666. He recently arrived in Devon to join two females, mother and daughter Indu and Maliya.

Lucifer the lion
Lucifer - devil of a lion Credit: Chris Rockley

Success for Cornwall to Isles of Scilly swimmer

A woman from Somerset has made history by becoming the first person to swim from Cornwall to the Scillies.

Beth French, who's from Milverton, set off from Porthcurno yesterday lunchtime. She arrived on St Mary's this morning, completing the swim in 17 hours and 28 minutes. She said via twitter "I have an awesome body - mission completed!".

Motorcyclist dies at Uffculme in Devon

A motorcyclist has died after a crash in Mid Devon.

It happened on the B3440 near Uffculme at approximately 10.40pm last night.

The 18-year-old rider from Cullompton was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.

The road was closed until around 7am this morning while accident investigation work was carried out.

Any witnesses to the incident are requested to contact police on 101.

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