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Four dead seal pups found on beach - and humans could be to blame

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Four dead seal pups have been found on a beach in Norfolk and it's feared interference by humans or dogs could be to blame.

In a post on the Winterton on Sea Facebook page, wardens said it looked like the pups were abandoned by their mothers.

It comes just a couple of weeks after beachgoers reported seeing people getting too close to seals in an attempt to take selfies with them.

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More than 1,800 pups have been born so far this season in the Horsey colony and police have recently undertaken patrols on both Winterton and Horsey beaches in a bid to deter people from pestering the animals.

Grey seal pups spend their first three weeks on the beach because their distinctive white coats are not waterproof and they are at risk of being abandoned by their mothers if humans or dogs get too close.

Beach users are once again being reminded to keep their distance from any pups they might find on the sand or in the dunes.

If you see a pup in distress and there are no seal wardens around please call the RSPCA 24hr emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

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Appeal after two Chihuahuas are stolen from Canal Boat

The two Chihuahuas stolen from a canal boat in Hertfordshire

Two Chihuahuas have been stolen from a boat on the Grand Union Canal in Hertfordshire.

Tink, a black and white female with short hair, and Archie, a long-haired blonde male, were taken from the vessel while it was moored at a marina.

The thieves gained access to the boat while it was moored near the Cowroast Marina between Berkhamsted and Tring, between 10am on January 3 and 12.15am on January 4.

The owner is extremely upset and is keen to be reunited with the dogs as soon as possible.

I would ask anyone who thinks they may have come across these dogs to please contact police.

– DC Chris Phillips, Herts Police

Animal rescue centre preparing for unwanted pets after Christmas

An animal rescue centre in Northamptonshire is looking for more volunteers.

Animals in Need near Wellingborough is preparing for the annual influx of unwanted pets after Christmas.

Watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd.

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Woburn Safari Park fire started 'accidentally in generator'

All 13 Patas monkeys died at Woburn Safari Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fire at a zoo in Bedfordshire which killed 13 monkeys was accidental, the fire service has confirmed.

The fire broke out in the Jungle Enclosure of Woburn Safari Park around 2.37am overnight.

When firefighters arrived, the roof of the building had already collapsed.

The fire was in the monkey house where they are kept at night during the winter months.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Following our fire investigation at Woburn Safari Park we have concluded that it is likely that the fire started accidentally in a generator."

Dog killed after 'eating dead fish' on Norfolk beach

Dog-walkers are being urged to take care when walking their pets

People have been warned to be careful while walking their dogs on the beach on the north-Norfolk coast, after a dog was killed after reportedly eating a "dead fish that had washed up".

The Hunstanton RNLI confirmed a dog died just an hour after ingesting one on Cley beach.

They're urging people to keep a close eye on their animals while on a beach stroll.

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