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Rare poison dart frogs are born at Bristol Aquarium

A very rare poison dart frog with, clearly, something to say Credit: Steve Chester

Bristol Aquarium is getting very excited about eight tadpoles in their care. That's because they are the young of the centre's rare phantasmal poison dart frogs, believed to be one of the most toxic amphibians in the world.

The species is on the endangered list and is now thought only to survive at seven sites on mountains in Ecuador.

They are very difficult to breed in captivity and the Aquarium is making sure the youngsters are well looked after in a separate tank with a special diet as they grow legs.

It will be at least two months before they go on general display. The Aquarium says it's delighted that another batch aren't that far behind them.

Daddy (or is that mummy) to be - the poison dart frog and its clutch of spawn Credit: Steve Chester

PHANTASMAL POISON DART FROG FACT: Scientists have discovered that an extract from the skin can block pain 200 times more effectively than morphine, without addiction and other serious side effects.


Injured deer rescued by police officer in Somerset

The injured deer has been nursed back to health and released into the wild Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A police officer has rescued an injured deer she found lying by the road near Frome. PC Lucy Bagnowiec came across the animal on Nunney Road while on patrol earlier this month.

PC Bagnowiec took it to a local farmer who is an animal expert. She says:

“The poor thing had an injured eye and was obviously in a state of shock. The farmer put it in a stable with a heat lamp, fed and watered and nursed it, and after four or five days it was well enough to be released.

She goes on to say, “It’s nice to report a happy ending - and just shows you never know what a day as a police officer will bring.”

VIDEO: Baby swans learn to ring bells at Wells

Cygnets born at the beginning of the month at the Bishop's Palace in Wells have learned to ring a bell for food in record time. The 11 baby swans are keeping up a tradition which began in the 1870s.

The cygnets were spotted by staff ringing the bell at the weekend who are amazed that they didn't need to be tempted by bread attached to the cord.

The video shows the youngsters being shown what to do by their parent and then you see them getting the hang of pulling the bell rope themselves.

You can follow the adventures of the young family on the Bishop's Palace Swancam.

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