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Boo boo the eagle owl who had leg splints has died

Boo boo wore leg splints due to a growth disorder. Credit: Talons Owl Centre

A rescue owl which had to wear leg splints due to a growth disorderhas died.

Boo Boo the Turkmenian Eagle owl was born with legs that were too weak for her to stand alone on.

She was being cared for by The Hendra Farm and Talons Owl Centre in Cornwall, which said she fought until the very end.

An appeal had been put out last month, when she was 6 months old, to help raise money for an operation after she developed painful pressure sores.

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Animals get into the Christmas spirit at Bristol Zoo

Mimi, the South African Penguin, with Santa at Bristol Zoo. Credit: Bristol Zoo

Christmas has come early for some of the animals at Bristol Zoo as Santa paid an early visit to hand out presents filled with tasty treats.

The Zoo’s crowned lemurs, penguins and raccoons were given stockings and presents full of their favourite foods – fresh vegetables for the lemurs, fish for the penguins and meal worms for the meerkats.

The stockings and presents are more than just festive decoration as they are also a great form of enrichment, helping to keep the animals interested and active because they have to hunt and forage for their food, making dinnertime a little bit more exciting.

– John Partridge, Bristol Zoo’s Senior Curator of Animals

Bearded Dragon rescued from house fire

Crews rescued a pet Bearded Dragon, like the one pictured here. Credit: Zaruba Ondrej/ PA

Firefighters have rescued a pet Bearded Dragon after being called to a house fire in Devon.

Crews were mobilised to a house in Torquay, where they found heavy smoke coming from a ground floor bedroom.

They confirmed there had been a small fire in a vivarium - and rescued a pet Bearded Dragon.

The cause of the fire was accidental.

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