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Fundraising campaign set up to save orphaned Exmoor pony

'Lady Luna' a wild Exmoor pony rescued by the Exmoor Pony Project Credit: Dawn Westcott

Horse lovers who discovered an orphaned Exmoor pony named 'Lady Luna', after she was found on the night of a full moon, are raising funds to save her.

The two to four week old foal was found by Dawn Westcott and her husband Nick while they were out on a trek through an Exmoor valley. It was still with its mother that had probably died after getting caught up on fencing.

" Although she was wild-born and wary, I sat with Lady Luna for a while and managed to make a connection with her. We introduced her to our Exmoor ponies Monty and Monsieur Chapeau - himself a previously rescued wild-born foal - and by the time we left her, I could tentatively start to stroke her on the shoulder and neck."

– Dawn Westcott
Rescued foal being introduced to ponies at The Exmoor Pony Project Credit: Dawn Westcott

Dawn and her husband Nick rode home and then came back with a trailer to rescue the foal and bring her to their farm where they have set up The Exmoor Pony Project with over 30 rescued ponies.

They managed to encourage Lady Luna to feed from a bottle and are now caring for her. But the costs of keeping the foal are high for feed, bedding and vet fees. So they're now crowdfundingto raise more money to look after the foal and give her a good start in life.

Dawn Westcott caring for orphaned Exmoor pony foal Credit: Dawn Wescott

Devon zoo pledges to save one of World's most threatened species

Edwards's pheasants are found in the forests of Vietnam. Credit: Paignton Zoo

A Devon conservation charity is campaigning to help a bird that hasn't been seen in the wild for nearly 20 years.

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is aiming to save the Edwards's pheasant.

The bird is now listed as critically endangered and among the World's 100 most threatened species.

In the wild Edwards's pheasants are only found in the mountainous forests of central Vietnam.

Paignton Zoo has two breeding pairs of the birds, one of which has successfully raised five chicks this year.

The centre is hopeful Edwards's pheasants can be saved from extinction.

It is currently the Year of the Rooster, which is considered very important in Vietnam. It is hoped that in 12 years’ time, when the next Year of the Rooster comes around, there will be a sustainable population of Edwards’s Pheasants in the wild.

– Paignton Zoo


Polluting cars could be charged to enter Bristol

Council leaders are set to approve plans which could lead to charging polluting vehicles to enter Bristol. Credit: PA

Council leaders are set to approve plans which could lead to charging polluting vehicles to enter Bristol.

Pollution levels in some parts of the city are now double the recommended national limits.

Cabinet members will vote this afternoon on four options for clean air zones, with a final decision expected next year.

The council has launched a joint 'clean air zone' feasibly study with South Gloucestershire Council.

Once complete next year, the study will inform the action plan which could see the introduction of a London-style congestion zone.

The latest council report recommends that Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees approves the development of a clean air zone for Bristol and applies for additional funding to create an action plan.

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