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From South America to a Cornish beach...a terrapin's lucky escape

A South American terrapin has had a lucky escape after it was found by walkers on a Cornish beach.

The Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay has now taken the little chap in.

Display supervisor Lara Mingay explains how he might have ended up on the beach:

The Aquarium says it gets two to three calls a week from people who can no longer care for their exotic pets.

The terrapin is now being well looked after.


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Depressed dog finds a home at last

Jasper, the dog which no one wanted, has finally found a home. A desperate national plea was recently launched to find a new owner for the springer spaniel who was resident at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, near Chard, Somerset.

Jasper had been at the Sanctuary’s kennels for six months and was showing signs of depression.

A very happy Jasper with his new owner, Robert Butler Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary

"Everyone here at Ferne Animal Sanctuary is delighted that Jasper has finally found a new home after being with us for so long - and with such a lovely owner who can give him all the care and attention he needs. It has made our year. We are over the moon! I must sincerely thank all the local, regional and national press who helped us in our quest to find Jasper the perfect home. Special thanks must also go to the general public for their caring messages of support and encouragement. We had over 600 enquiries and so many kind offers to give him a new home. I really can’t express to everyone how grateful we are."

– Tara Nirula, Re-homing Manager

"I am so happy to have found Jasper and it is just great having him here with me. He has settled in so well and seems very content. We are enjoying some lovely long walks together and are getting to know one another more each day. Jasper is my constant companion and follows me around everywhere.”

– Robert Butler, new owner

Exmoor 'Pony Whisperer' calls for action to protect breed

Dawn Westcott amongst her Exmoor Pony herd. Credit: Nick Westcott

A woman known as the Exmoor Pony whisperer is calling for more action to protect what is an endangered breed.

Dawn Westcott says anyone can learn the techniques she has developed to build a bond with these wild animals.

She told our reporter Bob Cruwys something of her methods.

Dawn runs The Moorland Exmoor Foal Project with her husband Nick and believes the techniques she's developed can help protect this endangered Exmoor icon.

Dawn Westcott is known as the Exmoor Pony whisperer. Credit: Nick Westcott
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