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Seal fights anglers for fish

Dartmouth-based fishing charter firm, Outlaw got more than it bargained for last weekend when it took some regulars on a trip on the Mid-Channel Wrecks in search of winter pollock.

The seal would not let the fish escape without a fight Credit: Owen Mallia

Tim Smith from Dawlish hooked a fish but had to fight off a seal for his prize. The boat's owner describes what happened.

Tim had just retrieved the fish to mid-water when suddenly his rod dipped viciously right over the rail, he now appeared to have a real battle on his hands, slowly he gained on the fish until his pollock broke the surface some distance from the boat.

It was clear he had caught a pollock, but trailing right behind his catch was a beady pair of eyes and whiskers – a seal had decided to attack his fish on the way up and hung on to it right on to the bitter end.

Thankfully, only the fish was hooked and as he reeled in his pollock towards Outlaw, the seal stubbornly let go and disappeared back to the deep.

– Owen Mallia, Skipper, Outlaw
You can just see the muzzle of the hungry seal trying to stop the fishermen stealing his lunch Credit: Owen Mallia

The same thing happened to two more anglers - and so, when the seal surfaced again, the skipper handed him a pollock, which he took and disappeared for the rest of the day, leaving the fishermen to fish in peace.

Tim Smith from Dawlish - who battled a seal for his prize - will certainly dine out on this tale for years to come Credit: Owen Mallia

Dancing animal duo are caught on camera performing jazz hands

A dancing duo of lesser tenrecs caught on camera performing jazz hands Credit: Paignton Zoo

A dancing duo of a rare type of hedgehog have been caught on camera in Devon appearing to perform jazz hands.

The snap shows the pair of lesser tenrecs perched on the ground with their eyes closed and paws outstretched.

Photographer Jean Wiltshire captured the moment at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

Cornish hotel cat is stolen

Police want to speak to the person in the hoody about the disappearance of Jerry the cat Credit: Penzance Hotel

A hotel cat from Cornwall - who is so popular he's been written about on Trip Advisor - has been kidnapped.

Jerry, the 13-year-old blue Burman, was taken from Hotel Penzance last week. CCTV shows a man talking to the pet before apparently making off with him.


Pictures: Newborn badger gobbled up by dog rescued by Somerset charity

The orphaned cub weighs just 80 grams. Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

An orphaned newborn badger cub gobbled up by a terrier has been rescued by a Somerset wildlife centre. The Jack Russell's owner could not believe the tiny pink bundle that was dropped on her kitchen floor, and quickly contacted her local Badger Group, who called Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

Little Star, who weighs just 80 grams, is now being looked after at the Somerset centre. She is being fed every two hours and, despite being in an incubator, needs an extra hot water bottle without warmth from her mum.

Little Star is being fed every two hours. Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Badger cubs would not usually venture above ground until they are at least ten to twelve weeks old, so this tiny badger is very lucky to survive.

– Pauline Kidner, Founder, Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Little Star is the charity's first orphan of 2015. Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Secret World Wildlife Rescue cares for over 5,000 injured and orphaned animals every year. Little Star is its first orphan of the year.

The centre is holding a badger-themed open weekend over Easter. The 'Badger Bonanza' will be allow visitors to find out more about badgers and the work done by the charity.

Relief for River Otter's beavers

These shots of a baby beaver (kit) with an adult are proof that the colony is breeding Credit: Tom Buckley

A family of beavers that made their home along the River Otter in Devon are being allowed to stay - for the next five years at least.

As many as ten of the animals have set up home along the river. They haven't lived freely in our countryside for centuries but Natural England says they can remain while conservationists study their impact on the environment.

Devon Wildlife Trust comes with eyes open to this project. We know what it means because we have studied these animals for three years. I'm sitting on a tree that has been felled by these animals so they can bring change to our landscape, but that doesn't mean destruction. That means opportunities for other kinds of wildlife.

– Steve Hussey, Devon Wildlife Trust
Beavers were here! Devon Wildlife Trust is to study the impact of the animals over the next five years Credit: ITV News

Decision expected on Devon's beavers

It is thought at least three beavers are living in the wild near Ottery St Mary Credit: PA

A decision is due on the fate of wild beavers living on the River Otter in Devon.

Conservationists think at least three now live near Ottery St Mary. Devon Wildlife Trust hopes to spend five years studying the impact of the beavers on the local environment. It has launched an appeal to fund the project.

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