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Red Panda gives birth to twins in Cornwall

One of the cubs on his first trip outside Credit: Paradise Park
Smile for the camera! Credit: Paradise Park

A Red Panda has given birth to twins at Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall. The two cubs were born at the end of June and have just had their first vet check.

Recent data suggests that Red Panda population numbers may be as low as 2,500, due to continuous loss of habitat and wildlife trading. The existing population is expected to declines by 10% every 10 years.

The wildlife sanctuary is asking the public for name suggestions via Twitter @CornishParadise

Man cleared of all charges in crossbow murder trial

A man accused of murdering his brother-in-law using a crossbow, has been found not guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court.

Daniel Schofield said at his trial that he shot Roy Hanson by mistake - and today a jury agreed. He was also found not guilty of a charge of gross negligence manslaughter.

The tragic accident took place at a farm in St Keverne in Cornwall last year.


Jury retires to consider verdict in crossbow murder trial

Daniel Schofield is accused of blasting Roy Hanson in the chest with a crossbow. Credit: ITV News

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his brother-in-law using a crossbow.

Roy Hanson died in October last year after being shot with a bolt at a remote farm near St Keverne. Daniel Schofield denies a charge of murder and gross negligence manslaughter.

The jury of six men and six women retired after hearing four days of evidence at Truro Crown Court.


Triple titans cause a stink at Eden Project

For the first time ever, the Eden Project has three Titan arums – the world’s biggest and smelliest flower – side by side in the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project. When it flowers, it lets out a putrid stench that many liken to rotting flesh, hence its nickname of “corpse flower”. In the wild, the smell attracts insects and animals that pollinate the plant.

Titan Arums in the Rainforest biome Credit: Eden Project

“I’m very excited to be bringing these horticultural marvels to Eden’s Rainforest Biome this year. "I think that Titan arums are a spectacular plant and I’m happy to see that they have captured the imagination of our visitors too.”

– Tim Grigg, Eden Project
The Arums can reach 3 metres high Credit: Eden Project

Concerns over seawater quality after heavy rain

Bathing water quality could be affected by the recent heavy rain Credit: ITV News

There's a warning that the recent heavy rain could affect water quality at some beaches in the region. It's caused by run-off from fields and outfall pipes getting into the sea.

South West Water says the problem won't last long but people should check its 'beach live' service for information.

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