Zookeeper Libor Mach teaching a young seal to swim

Seal pup learns to swim at Torquay zoo

You might think seals are born being able to swim but a zoo keeper in Devon has had to take on the task of teaching a youngster in his care

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"Pig cam" at Heligan becomes an internet sensation

"Pig cam" at Heligan becomes an internet sensation
Credit: Heligan Wild

A live broadcast of a rare sow and her litter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall has become an internet sensation.

"Pig Cam" streams the antics of ten Tamworth piglets and their mother. Daily visits to the site have doubled.

The Tamworth breed is classed as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust but the team at The Lost Gardens hope to help change this.

To see the Heligan Tamworth Pigs, visit www.heliganwild.com

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Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim
Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim Credit: ITV News West Country

A keeper at a zoo in Torquay has been given the job of teaching a young seal to swim. Normally they learn from their parents but this seal pup is being hand-reared and Libor Mach has had to step in. Apparently she's taken to it like a - well - seal to water.

She was quite scared, actually, the first day. It was quite funny seeing a seal run out of the water, but Li has done a great job and she's found her flippers and she's well away now, and she's really enjoying the water.

– Clare Rugg, Living Coasts Operations Manager
West Country (E)

Lorry towed out of narrow lane in Wells

These pictures show today's operation to extract yet another lorry out of Mill Lane, Coxley, in Wells. It is the third to get stuck in seven days.

Lorry down lane
The jammed lorry in Mill Lane. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
Lorry down lane
This picture shows just how tight a squeeze it was. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
towing lorry
A tow lorry was the only solution. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
Broken wall
This garden wall was badly damaged. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes

Watch: Lorry jammed so tightly that driver has to climb through window

West Country sights in national 'simple pleasures' list

The national tourist board Visit England has published a new guide to 25 "simple pleasures" we can all enjoy. Themed around the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, it features some familiar locations and activities:

Scones with jam and cream
Number Two on the list is 'Indulging in Afternoon Tea, Devon'. Credit: ITV News
Beach
Number Four is 'Rock Pooling in Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall'. Credit: Visit Cornwall
Stars over Exmoor
Number Eleven is 'Stargazing in Exmoor National Park, Somerset'. Credit: PA
Bees on a hive
Number Nineteen is 'Visiting a honey farm, Devon'. Credit: PA

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Devon man finds lost watch in his dog's stomach

A grandfather from Devon found his missing watch after he heard the alarm going off inside his dog.

Minibus driver Terry Morgan, 66, from Cockwood in Devon heard the ringing sound coming from the stomach of his Newfoundland Charlie.

The dog would have had to undergo an expensive emergency operation, but fortunately he eventually vomited the watch out.

The watch was set to go off at 10:55pm to remind me to call last orders. I rushed him to the vet for an emergency operation and was a bit ticked off because that would have cost me about £1,000. But when Charlie saw the anaesthetic needle he howled with fright and coughed the watch up.

– Terry Morgan, dog owner

Europe's oldest common seal becomes a dad again!

Europe's oldest common seal, has beaten his keepers' best efforts to prevent him becoming a dad again for the second year running.

At the grand old age of 37, Babyface has now fathered two seal pups from his supposed retirement home in two of the four years he's been at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek.

Babyface is thought to be the oldest seal in Europe.
Babyface is thought to be the oldest seal in Europe. Credit: Cornwall Seal Sanctuary

He surprised us last year when one of our two females Sija gave birth.

When he arrived from Colchester Zoo in 2010 we thought we we’re providing him with an ideal retirement home.

– Tamara Cooper, Cornwall Seal Sanctuary
Females Sija (Left) and Luna (Right) caring for the newest addition
Females Sija (Left) and Luna (Right) caring for the newest addition to the family. Credit: Cornwall Seal Sanctuary

Having prescribed both females Sija and Luna with contraceptive following the birth of pup Bo, the latest addition has been described as something of a minor miracle.

Sija and Pup at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek.
Sija and Pup at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek. Credit: Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Our primary goal here is rescue, and we haven’t really got the capacity for breeding.

Either Babyface is a real super-stud or they just weren’t effective.

– Tamara Cooper, Cornwall Seal Sanctuary

Babyface, who lost an eye to infection many years ago and looks a true ‘gangster’ of the marine world, has now been exiled to the adjacent pool with son Bo.

In spite of his exile, most Sanctuary staff members are convinced that Babyface is looking just a tiny bit smug in his new temporary quarters.

Parking space for sale... for £25,000

Offers have already been coming in for the parking space in Portscatho Credit: Alastair Shaw Coastal & Countryside Homes

A parking space in Cornwall is on sale for more than £25,000.

Several offers have already come in for the unmarked spot in North Parade, Portscatho.

Many of the houses in the village have no parking of their own and there has not been a parking space on sale in Portscatho in the last ten years.

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