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Rare West African monkey born in Devon

The baby has yet to be named. Credit: Paignton Zoo

A rare monkey from an endangered species has been born at Paignton Zoo.

The male cherry-crowned mangabey was born in the early hours of last Sunday, and has been seen spending time with his mother Kibibi, father Yengo and brother Kumba.

His species his native to tropical West Africa, where it lives in large groups of up to 25. Cherry-crowned mangabeys are endangered by deforestation and the bushmeat trade, but also live in protected areas, including the Omo Forest Reserve in Nigeria, where Paignton Zoo supports a conservation project.

The baby has spending time with his family. Credit: Paignton Zoo


Toddler gets toilet training seat stuck on his head

Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has come to the rescue of a three-year-old boy who got a toilet training seat stuck on his head.

One crew was called out to Richards Close in Exmouth this morning and released the child by cutting through the plastic seat with snippers.

The firefighters said the little boy, who had managed to ram the loo seat down past his ears, was a bit "perturbed" when they got there but was fine as soon as it was removed.


Unicycle world record attempt

Ed Pratt aims to ride round the world on a unicycle - something that's never been done before. Credit: ITV News

A young man from Somerset will head off on an extraordinary challenge tomorrow.

Ed Pratt aims to ride round the world on a unicycle - something that's never been done before.

He's raising money for the School in a Bag charity which provides equipment for vulnerable children around the world. It could take two years to complete.

Ed says: "It's very do-able. You just get up, you cycle, you sleep and you just repeat that day after day. It's just doing it day after day is definitely going to be tough but I reckon I'll get into it and it'll work."

Cat statue worth £10,000 was almost thrown out

This bronze cat could make more than £10,000 at auction today Credit: David Lay Auctions

An ancient Egyptian statue, that was nearly thrown away in a house clearance, goes under the hammer at an auction in Cornwall today.

The bronze bust of a cat, thought to date from the 26th dynasty is expected to reach more than £10,000 when it goes on sale in Penzance this morning.

Tom Daley created from batter for Pancake Day

The pancake (left) and Tom Daley (right) Credit: ITV News

Olympic diver Tom Daley is serving up a sweet treat for his fans as he is immortalised in batter for Pancake Day.

In a video, posted by Team GB, the athlete's face is piped on to a pan before more and more is added to create the 20-year-old's signature grin.

The flipping brilliant video has been retweeted and favourited by hundreds of fans on Twitter, including the subject of the art work himself.

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