Zookeeper Libor Mach teaching a young seal to swim

Seal pup learns to swim at Torquay zoo

You might think seals are born being able to swim but a zoo keeper in Devon has had to take on the task of teaching a youngster in his care

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Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim
Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim Credit: ITV News West Country

A keeper at a zoo in Torquay has been given the job of teaching a young seal to swim. Normally they learn from their parents but this seal pup is being hand-reared and Libor Mach has had to step in. Apparently she's taken to it like a - well - seal to water.

She was quite scared, actually, the first day. It was quite funny seeing a seal run out of the water, but Li has done a great job and she's found her flippers and she's well away now, and she's really enjoying the water.

– Clare Rugg, Living Coasts Operations Manager

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Torquay's Chris Hargreaves hopeful for young team

For United fans last season was a painful one - with relegation from League 2 taking them into the conference.

But as pre-seasons go there's plenty to be optimistic about at Torquay. Striker Ryan Bowman sent United on their way to victory in Saturday's friendly at Exeter City as what is now a new and youthful Gulls side will be very competitive in the Football Conference.

In the latest of our previews of all our main teams, we look at their prospects for the new season. Here is our full interview with manager Chris Hargreaves.

Meet the Torquay Bowlers going for gold in Glasgow

The England Bowls squad are off to Glasgow shortly for final preparations for the Commonwealth Games. Four of them - Natalie Melmore, Jamie Chestney, Sam Tolchard and his sister Sophie Tolchard come from the King's Club in Torquay.

Such domination by one club is unprecedented, and as John Andrews reports, they're all very young.

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Squirrel bites swimmer after getting into leisure centre pool in Torquay

Squirrel bites swimmer after getting into leisure centre pool in Torquay Credit: / AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

A squirrel sparked panic today after it dashed into a busy leisure centre before leaping in the pool and biting a swimmer on the finger. The rodent (similar to the one pictured above) ran inside the Riviera Centre in Torquay, Devon, before heading towards the pool area.

When lifeguards tried to coax him out the creature leapt into the water and paddled around the deep end for several minutes. A swimmer tried to fish the squirrel out of the water but was bitten on the finger before then animal scampered off through a fire exit.

Jacquie Lovett, swimming instructor at the Waves Leisure Pool, said: "I came in to do a lesson and was told by the lifeguards that there was a squirrel on top of the wave chamber.

"The squirrel then decided to run out. One of the lifeguards tried to chase it out and it went into the curtain. Then it jumped into the swimming pool."

"It was doing a few strokes, going under the water and then coming up for air. It looked like a drowned rat."

UKIP party conference held in Torquay

by Bob Constantine

UKIP is holding its spring conference in Torquay. Hundreds of delegates have descended on the town amid intense media attention. The party has the South West firmly in its sights, looking to increase its presence on local councils and the number of seats it holds in the European Parliament.

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