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Health setback for Cumbria's Kemp's ridley turtle

The Kemp's ridley turtle has been refusing food Credit: ITV Border

A critically endangered turtle that washed up on the Cumbrian coast is not feeding properly.

Staff at the Lake District Coast Aquarium have been caring for the Kemp's ridley since December.

Although it has made good progress the turtle is refusing food and losing weight.

It will now be moved to an aquarium in Windermere which has expertise in tube feeding turtles.

Rare turtle washed up in Cumbria

The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle is thousands of miles from home Credit: ITV Border

One of the world's rarest sea turtles has washed up on the Cumbrian coast.

The critically endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle is usually found thousands of miles away in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico but was discovered on a south Cumbrian beach just before Christmas.

It's being cared for at the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport.

The sea turtle was found on Walney Island by volunteer beach cleaners Credit: Vicki Temple

Two other Kemp's ridley turtles have live stranded recently - one at Formby, Merseyside, and one in Holland. It is likely they were cold-stunned and carried across the Atlantic on the Gulf Stream. It is possible more may strand."

– Sarah Neill, Cumbria co-ordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue

The turtle was taken to Maryport Aquarium and the creature is now under the care of BDMLR specialist vet, Vicki Temple who is providing round-the-clock care. If it makes a full recovery, it is planned to fly it to the United States where it will be released back into the Gulf of Mexico.

"The most important thing has been the temperature of the water that it's being kept in. It's been really important that its gone up steadily because if it comes up far too quickly which is your instinct when something is really cold, it can make them really sick if you warm them up really quickly"

– Vicki Temple, Vet

Kemp's Ridleys are so rare that it is thought there are only around 1,000 breeding females left in the world.

The turtles reach about 65cm in length and 45kg in weight. They are identifiable by their triangular-shaped head and greenish-grey colour.

Residents who find a stranded turtle, or any stranded marine life, should contact the British Divers Marine Life Rescue hotline on 01825 765546.


Sports clubs in south Cumbria hit by burglaries

About £3000 has been stolen form Dalton-in-Furness Cricket Club.

It's thought the money was stolen at about 6am yesterday, Thursday 10 July. Two gaming machines were also damaged in the incident.

Police then found three cash buckets after they were alerted to the incident.

It follows a similar incident in Barrow that saw a cash bucket from a gaming machine stolen from Holker Old Boys Club on Rakesmoor Lane, Barrow-in-Furness on Tuesday, 8 July.

Those responsible forced their way into the bar area which set off an alarm.

"Both of these burglaries have had working alarm systems which has enabled Police to investigate in real-time. We believe that the two burglaries maybe linked and that the offenders may look to strike again. This is why it is vital that security measures are in place to deter offenders.”

– Detective Inspector Amanda Sadler, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from Barrow CID.

Police find dog involved in attack

Police can confirm that the dog they were searching for in relation with an attack on a woman has been located.

Police were called today at 9.21am following an incident where a German Shepherd attacked a woman on Longway, Barrow-in-Furness.

The woman, aged 59, was injured after she tried to stop the animal from attacking her dog in her garden.

She has been taken to Furness General Hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries. The dog was located and detained in the nearby area.

The dog will now be passed over to the relevant agency.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their assistance.

Police investigate dog attack

Police are currently dealing with an incident where a woman was attacked by what is believed to be a German Shepherd breed of dog on Longway, Barrow-in-Furness.

The woman has been taken to Furness General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are asking members of the public that if they see the dog to not approach it and to call Cumbria Police urgently 101, asking to speak to an officer at Barrow Police Station.


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