Armed officers called after carrier bag mistaken for stray lion in Kenya

Armed wildlife officers were shocked when they attended reports of a stray lion hiding in a hedge in Kenya - only to find what was actually a carrier bag.

The bag, which was decorated with a lion's face, had been left under bushes in the shade when locals spotted it and raised the alarm, fearing the big cat could pounce.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) tweeted that officers had "rushed to scene in a bid to mitigate a possible Human Wildlife Conflict case."

"On arrival, KWS rangers were astonished to find out that the ‘alleged lion’ was a lion printed carrier bag," a tweet read.

Once they realised there was no threat, officers saw the funny side and started taking photos of the so-called lion.

Despite the caller having mistaken the bag for a big cat, KWS praised the public for raising the alarm to avoid a possible disaster.

The bag came from supermarket Carrefour, which seemingly took advantage of the attention on social media by sharing a picture with the words 'the lion is not real, the extra low prices are.'

A similar sighting occurred in the UK in March when police were called to reports of a 'tiger' on the loose in Oldham, only to find stuffed a toy.

Police then named the soft toy Tony the Tiger, after the cartoon in the advert for Kellogg’s Frosties.

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BGT Act that left the audience crying with laughter!

A chicken has stole the show on BGT/Britain got talent this week .But it was not the kind of bird you might expect to appear on this page .

A young boy called Jaime Leahey ,13 year old ventriloquist from St Helen's won over the great British public with a puppet who is a chicken his name is chuck .

The panel loved there funny and humorous acts .

Jamie stared stared practising ventriloquism during the lockdown .He has been doing ventriloquism for 2 years now .

Jamie and chuck biggest wish is that he will go to Vegas and Hollywood. They are the best of friends they go every where to together. On Sunday you will see chuck and Jamie in the final

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Aneeshwar Kunchala went to britan got talent as a activist to save the animals .He told everyone to save the animal and respect the animals and care for natural .

she went to final bgt but didn't place in the top 3 . He stand up for all the animals wild to under water sea creature's he cares for the animals and can't wait what stuff comes his way.

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Vegan friendly UK ad banned over graphic images of animals in distress

A TV ad from the organisation Vegan Friendly UK has been banned after it drew complaints about its graphic images of animals in distress alongside people eating.

The ad, seen in March, showed two women and one man eating around a table as well as clips of a fish head which was still gasping for air, a live piglet alongside a pig with its eyes closed and a cow's face which appeared to have tears coming from its eye.

A further clip showed a cow's skinned head with its eyes and teeth still present lying on its side.

As those at the table continued to eat, text stated: "No animal was harmed, consumed, or purchased to make this advert," followed by the text: "Make the connection."

The ad was given a restriction preventing it from being transmitted in or adjacent to programmes commissioned for, principally directed at or likely to appeal to children under 16.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)received 63 complaints, including that the ad contained gratuitous violence towards animals, which caused unnecessary distress to viewers.

Vegan Friendly UK said the clips used in the ad did not portray actions of violence or harm and that such imagery was seen regularly in butchers' or fishmongers' windows on the average UK high street.

They clarified that the aim of the ad was to encourage those meat eaters who were against animal cruelty to reconsider their actions, adding that they believed that their ad did not vilify meat eaters but "promoted love and compassion for all beings and discouraged discrimination against other sentient beings".

ASA noted that both Clearcast and Vegan Friendly UK understood that the imagery shown in the ad was akin to what viewers could expect to see in cookery programmes or on the high street when walking past a butcher's shop or fishmonger's shop, but said it considered that "several of the clips shown, such as the clips which depicted animals in distress or the skinned cow's head, would likely not be seen in these places".

It concluded: "For those reasons, we concluded that the ad was likely to cause distress to both younger and adult audiences and therefore was not suitable for broadcast on TV regardless of scheduling restrictions."

The ASA ruled that the ad must not appear again, adding: "We told Vegan Friendly UK to avoid using imagery which was likely to cause distress to both younger and adult audiences."

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A man has been banned from keeping animals for two years after dogs were found crammed into a livestock trailer at Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria.

John Lowther, 45, from Kidacre Park, Leeds and Marina Lowther, 43, from Farsley, Leeds both pleaded guilty to four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

They appeared for sentencing at Bradford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 10 May.

The pair was prosecuted for neglecting 10 of the 14 animals that the RSPCA took in.

A German Shepherd puppy was in such poor health that sadly a vet decided she needed to be put to sleep to end her suffering.

The RSPCA followed up a report that a number of dogs were in a trailer parked near to Winter’s Farm in Appleby during the travellers fair on 13 August last year.

RSPCA inspectors Keith Hogben and Deborah Beats discovered the dogs were being kept in unhygienic conditions in five cages and some were unwell. They were advised by vets, who were in attendance, to have them seized which took place under police supervision.

In RSPCA Inspector Hogben’s witness statement, it said he found an underweight German Shepherd dog who was struggling to stand upright because the cage she was in with her five puppies was too small.

Inside a plastic dog kennel there was a border terrier and three puppies, all of whom were found to be suffering from lice infection.

Inspector Hogben said: “There were many dogs contained in cages. There was very little natural light in the trailer and a strong smell of ammonia and faeces.

“As the dog's were being removed from the cattle trailer... the situation became heated as John Lowther and a young boy tried to stop the dogs being removed and loaded into the transport that had arrived.”

Examinations were carried out on all the dogs at an Appleby veterinary practice, but sadly despite treatment the condition of one of the German Shepherd puppies deteriorated.

Vet Helen Gould stated in her report: “It is my opinion that this pup died due to a high worm burden with subsequent intestinal damage and secondary bacterial infection.”

She said that other pups, who were around six weeks old, all had “a massive worm burden and lice”, but responded to treatment with antibiotics and parasiticides. Their mother also needed treatment for lice and worms.

“These pups were suffering and had been for all of their lives. This could have been avoided by worming them from two weeks of age and treating them for lice,” said the vet.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Rebecca Lowe, who attended at the vets’ practice, said in her statement: “One of the puppies whilst in the crate was trying to toilet and had nothing but worms coming out of its rear end. There was no faeces, just worms.”

RSPCA vet Roxane Kirton concluded the dogs were housed in accommodation that failed to meet their needs, even if it was only for the duration of the fair.

In mitigation, the court was told that John Lowther had suffered from poor mental health exacerbated by the death of a close relative.

Magistrates said there was evidence of “extreme suffering and prolonged neglect” and handed Lowther a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

They also told him to observe an eight-week curfew and pay costs and a victim surcharge totalling £213.

As the dogs did not live with Marina Lowther, the magistrates accepted she only had care of them for a short period of time.

She was given a 12-month community sentence, including abiding by a six-week curfew, and she will have to pay combined costs and a victim surcharge of £160.

The dogs involved in the case have since been re-homed.

RSPCA Inspector Will Lamping said after the court hearing: “It was an upsetting scene that we were confronted with as the puppies were in a really sorry state riddled with worms and parasites.

"At the vets we observed many worms physically crawling from the behind of the pups while they were examined.

“One of them had to be put to sleep, but these infections could have been prevented easily, with proper worming treatments and routine preventive care.

"Thankfully all of the other pups pulled through and they and their mothers have since been re-homed.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a huge increase in people breeding puppies to sell and unscrupulous dealers breed them in poor condition with no thought for their health and wellbeing.

“While we’d always encourage people to rescue a dog we know that lots of families want to take on a puppy and to help them ensure they find a responsible breeder who prioritises the health and welfare of the dogs we believe it is incredibly important that they use a Puppy Contract from the RSPCA website.”

Dog owner banned from keeping animals after puppies found infested with worms in Cumbria

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Escaped alpaca spotted shopping on Birmingham's Soho Road

An alpaca was recently spotted trotting down Birmingham's bustling Soho Road.

Traffic on the bustling street came to a standstill on 2 June as drivers couldn't believe their eyes.

People did try to guide the animal to safety but it can be seen on the video galloping down the centre of the road.

Those sharing the video all believed the animal was a llama - in fact it's an alpaca, and these are the differences between the two.

What is the difference between an alpaca and a llama?

They've both been used to transport people and goods for years, and kept for their fleeces, according to Brittanica. They're both found in Peru and Bolivia in South America but there are some key differences.

1. Size. Alpacas are smaller than llamas.

2. Faces. Alpacas have small, blunt faces with short ears, while llamas have more-elongated faces with banana-sized ears.

3. Hair. Alpacas have shaggy hair that is used for fleece production. Llama hair is coarser.

4. Personality. Alpacas are said to be more timid, and to prefer staying with the herd. Llamas can spit and kick or refuse to move when overloaded with goods.

The RSPCA has been contacted for a comment about the escapee.

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Huge four-metre long fish found washed up on Gower beach

A large four-metre long fish has been found washed up on a Gower beach.

A dog walker spotted the creature while strolling on Oxwich Bay on Friday, June 10.

They said they noticed it while walking with their dog, Sasha, describing it as "the biggest fish we've ever seen".

The fish has since been identified as an Atlantic bluefin tuna, an endangered species of the marine animal and the largest of its kind according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Atlantic bluefin tuna are endangered due to overfishing, but there has been a resurgence in sightings across the UK.

They are one of four species of tuna that visit the UK but usually in rare circumstances, predominantly visiting the south western coast.

Ecologist Thomas Faulkner, who works closely with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, identified the species of tuna found on Oxwich Bay.

Bluefin tuna are recolonising the south western coastland, especially Cornwall, after previously going extinct", he said.

"These species are typically rare visitors to the UK and even rarer to Wales. They can reach up to four metres long, so you can identify this one just from the sheer size of it. The south or westerly winds could have washed it up from Cornwall or the Celtic deep."

He added that it was a positive sign of the species growing in our waters

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The penguin that's become Cornwall's next big artist with 'chaotic' paintings

A penguin has channeled its inner artist as part of a charity fundraising campaign to secure his home’s future for years to come.

Squidge, from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, near Helston, debuted his painting career with his first canvas of work – a stunning rendition of colourful penguin footprints – as part of his daily enrichment activities with the animal care team.

The activities are key to helping animals like Squidge, who is a permanent resident at the wildlife charity, to remain engaged and active, as well as encouraging them to exhibit natural behaviours.

Now, the artwork is being auctioned off as part of the sanctuary's Fund Our Future campaign, which is hoping to raise £1.3million to redevelop four pools on the site.

Animal Care Specialist Polly Frier says: “We’re always looking for new ways to keep our animal residents at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary curious, active and enriched on a daily basis.

“Painting with Squidge is a voluntary activity and just one way we boost his stimulation as part of his regular care routine – and the results are pretty spectacular.

“If you’ve never seen art by a penguin before, it’s just as beautiful and chaotic as it sounds, and it absolutely captures Squidge’s cheeky personality.”

This Humboldt penguin has a unique story, after being born at the sanctuary four years ago. While his parents, Gilbert and Lola, are still on site, they were unable to properly care for him, meaning Squidge was subsequently hand-reared by the team.

Today, he is a confident penguin who loves to get involved with everything his can get his flippers on - and remains one of the most popular residents on site.

His latest talent comes as no surprise to the animal care team, who claim they always knew Squidge had a creative side just bursting to be free.

“Watching Squidge unveil his inner artist has been truly inspiring,” says Polly. “They say creativity takes courage, and we’ve loved seeing Squidge embrace this new side of himself.”

The A1 (60cm x 84cm) canvas has Squidge’s official stamp for authenticity and is now available to bid on.

The money will go towards building state-of-the-art pools at the sanctuary, securing the charity’s future while putting animal welfare at the centre of everything they do.

All painting sessions have passed welfare checks and have been fully approved by the sanctuary’s veterinary specialists, with paint used certified as pet and child friendly, non-toxic and completely washable.

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Pets under threat as rising costs make it harder for owners to care for animals

The biggest threat to animals in the UK is the cost of living crisis, according to a new Animal Kindness Index compiled by the RSPCA.

The report, based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults, found that even though more than two-thirds of the public describe themselves as animal-lovers, 70% of pet owners say they are worried that it's getting more expensive to look after their animals.

The price of pet food has increased by more than 6% due to inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the charity. Additionally, one in five owners are concerned about finding the money to feed their pets as the cost of living crisis continues to bite.

At the Llys Nini Rescue Centre in Swansea, manager Gary Weeks told me they’re not only seeing more people handing in their pets due to rising costs, but also a significant fall in demand for their rescued animals.

The RSPCA found homes for an average of 753 animals per week in 2019, 565 in 2020 and 518 in 2021 meaning that spaces aren’t being freed up as quickly and animals are staying in care for longer.

On top of this, RSCPA inspector Keith Hogben told me there was evidence fewer pet owners were going to the vets, with the charity receiving 3,644 calls last year needing help with vet bills - up 12% from 2020.

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English bulldogs ‘much less healthy than other dogs due to breed traits’

English bulldogs should be bred to have less extreme body features – or risk being banned on welfare grounds, experts have warned.

A new study has found that English bulldogs are much less healthy than other dogs, and that many of the conditions they suffer from are linked to the traits they have been bred for.

Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College compared the risks of common disorders using records from veterinary practices across the UK of 2,662 English bulldogs and 22,039 animals from other breeds.

Their research, published in the journal Canine Medicine and Genetics, found that the breed is twice as likely to be diagnosed with at least one other disorder than other dogs.

They showed predispositions for 24 out of 43 specific disorders, and were many times more at risk of breathing, eye and skin conditions than other dogs, the study found.

Only 9.7% of English bulldogs in the study were more than eight years old, compared with 25.4% of other breeds, supporting the view that a shorter lifespan of the dogs is linked to their overall poorer health, the authors said.

English bulldogs were originally developed as a muscular and athletic dog for bull-fighting but were later bred as show animals and pets, with exaggerated features including a short skull, a protruding lower jaw, skin folds and a squat, heavy build.

The breed has risen sharply in popularity over the past decade in the UK, and remains extremely popular despite the dogs’ physical features making them prone to serious health conditions.

But other countries such as the Netherlands and Norway have restricted the breeding of the dog in recent years.

The experts behind the study called for English bulldog breed standards to be redefined towards more moderate characteristics, to enable the UK to avoid following the lead of other countries in banning the breed on welfare grounds.

Study author Dan O’Neill said: “What is most concerning is that so many of the health conditions that English bulldogs suffer from, such as skin fold dermatitis and breathing problems, are directly linked to the extreme structure of their bodies that has been selectively bred for.

“Given the continued popularity of the breed, the body shape of the typical pet English bulldogs should be redefined towards more moderate physical characteristics.

“Doing so will not only improve the dogs’ health, but could also enable the UK to avoid following other countries in banning the English Bulldog on welfare grounds.”

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Jersey conservationists help release rare pygmy hogs into wild

Jersey's Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has helped release 10 captive-bred pygmy hogs into the wild.

The animals are going to start a new life in Manas National Park in India where their last native population still survives - but has drastically declined.

Durrell is a key player in the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme which plans to release 60 pygmy hogs in Manas by 2025.

Dr Lesley Dickie, CEO of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: "Durrell has been committed to conserving the tiny but precious pygmy hog and their grassland home for decades.

"With our partners, including government, we strive to create a functioning habitat that also allows local communities to thrive.

"It was an honour to take part in this latest release, meet with our partners and see first-hand the amazing work of the Durrell team in India. I hope to return in the not too distant future."

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Rescue animals being used to combat loneliness in Jersey

Rescue animals in Jersey have been given a new purpose, by helping islanders combat loneliness.

The JSPCA has been putting on monthly 'Pat and Chat' sessions to help those who may be struggling with their mental health.

Islanders are treated to a different selection of animals each month, varying from cats and dogs, to tortoises and ferrets.

Research has found that spending time with pets can boost 'feel good' hormones and lower blood pressure.

As many older islanders faced increased social isolation as a result of the pandemic, many of those affected have been using these sessions to reconnect with the community.

Jean Burr has been attending the 'Pat and Chat' sessions after the death of her own dog.

She said: "She desperately needed love. I think that that was the sort of thing.

"I live alone, so it's nice being with other people.

"The friendship and being able to pet the animals - that's what I miss.

"It's only once a month, but funnily enough, that month seems to go quite quickly."

Some of those who attend the sessions have told ITV News they still feel the sense of isolation and loneliness, despite restrictions easing.

Maureen Walsh, who attends the sessions, said: "I used to have two cats and when you lose two, it's difficult to get another one.

"Quite a lot of these people are away from the homes as well. They don't really go out a lot, so it's nice for them to actually interact with everybody as well.

"You can see their faces light up and see the animals. So I think everybody gets a lot from it."

Michelle Parker, Fundraising Manager for the JSPCA said: "Each month, we see some of the same faces come back.

"We've seen people who didn't know each other at first and have come back month on month, and then actually asking, 'oh, is so and so not here this month?', it's really lovely to notice the connections that people are having."

These sessions also have several benefits for the animals' own wellbeing.

Michelle says that the interaction with people is vital to the animals whilst preparing to be rehomed.

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Norfolk seal pup released after three hour rescue by volunteers

lengthy rescue operation ended with success when a group of volunteers managed to save a trapped seal pup.

It had become trapped in a hole at Waxham, Norfolk on Monday.

The team from the Friends of Horsey Seals group were called in to help, and recorded the rescue attempt on video. It took them three hours to free the seal, using rope and a lot of perseverance.

After the pup was freed, one of the volunteers can be heard on the video saying: "We've got to get the rope off now!"

Another replies: "That's the easy bit!"

Sally Butler, one of the volunteers, said the seal was "absolutely stuck" when they got the beach.

They had to use ropes and a lot of ingenuity to release the pup, which had become agitated and was lashing out.

"You can not train for this type of situation. We had to put our arms down the hole and feel our way around to get the rope around the seal to try to pull it out," she said.

"It was such a confined area, you just could not see what you were doing," she added.

Ms Butler described the pup as "pretty ferocious", with it lashing out and taking a chunk out of her glove while they were trying to rescue it.

In a social media post, the volunteer group described it as "a cheerful story".

"It was not an easy job but thanks to the persistence of Peter Ansell, Sally Butler and other helpers there was a happy ending," it added.

The Friends of Horsey Seals have been counting the seals pups, although their work at Horsey was called off earlier in December because of bad weather.

"Stormy weather had scattered pups and driven females and bulls into inaccessible areas at Horsey where it would be dangerous to approach them," the group said on its website.

However, counting had continued between Somerton and Winterton.

On 15 December after seven weeks of counting, they had spotted 813 adult seals and 785 pups.

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Nottinghamshire couple banned from keeping animals after eight dogs found neglected living in van

An elderly couple from Nottinghamshire has been banned from keeping animals for eight years after several dogs were found neglected and living in awful conditions in the back of a van.

Bryan and Georgina Riley - both in their 70s - had eight dogs of varying breeds in the back of their vehicle that was found filled with faeces and food.

It was parked outside an address in Gringley-on-the-Hill, Bassetlaw on 2 November 2021.

Following visits by Nottinghamshire Police officers, the RSPCA was contacted as officers feared for the pets' safety, suspecting they may have been neglected.

However, after an order to clean up the dogs' living area failed to come to standard, police and RSPCA inspectors once again returned to the property and discovered the dogs being kept in the rear of the van driven and owned by the couple.

As they opened the doors they discovered the dogs stood on top of mounds of excrement. All were found to be in desperate need of veterinary attention.

A four-year-old French bulldog called Lola was found to have had such a badly infected eyeball that it was beyond saving and had to be surgically removed.

Among the other dogs recovered was another French bulldog called Hugo, whose fur was thinning and he was found to be suffering from scabs on his coat, as well as a weeping sore on his back leg.

A dachshund called Iggy was suffering from extensive hair loss and scabs on his coat.

While another French bulldog called Liberty had scabs on her coat and open sores on her face. Her collar was attached so tightly that her neck was sore and reddened.

Two poodles, mother and daughter Angel and Coco, had dirty matted coats. Another dachshund called Lady had thinning fur and the coat of a poodle called Rosie was matted with faeces and urine and she had sores around her eyes and an elbow.

All of the dogs have since been re-homed and are doing well.

Owner, Bryan Riley, aged 74, had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering - one of failing to provide veterinary care for three dogs who were suffering from skin disease and the other of failing to provide veterinary care for the injury to Lola’s eye.

He also admitted to failing to ensure the needs of all eight dogs were met.

His wife Georgina, aged 70, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the needs of eight dogs were met.

They appeared at Doncaster Magistrates' Court on Monday 13 June and were handed fines and disqualification notices banning them from keeping any kind of animal for eight years.

They were also both fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £909 in court costs.

They are unable to appeal against the order prohibiting them from keeping animals for the next four years.

PC Pickersgill, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The conditions we found these dogs in was despicable.

"When myself and the RSPCA inspector opened the van doors we found the floor was filled deep with excrement, food and other material.

“To see animals being kept in this way was heartbreaking.

“None of the dogs appeared in good health so we took the vehicle back to the local police station where they were all checked over and it was decided all of them required a full check-up and treatment by a vet.

“I hope this case serves as a warning to other animal owners that we will work in partnership with the RSPCA to bring those neglecting animals or mistreating them to justice and I welcome the courts outcome in this case in issuing fines to the Rileys for their treatment of innocent animals.

“Being a police officer isn’t just about protecting people and making arrests, pets and animals become part of people’s families and we would never want to see any of them being mistreated so we will always work with our partners to get to the bottom of any reports made to us.

“I would like to thank the RSPCA for their assistance in this matter and I hope that the court sentence this investigation has attracted will make other owners more aware of the conditions that their pets are living in.

“We will often work with our partners at the RSPCA to ensure that animals including dogs are being taken care of and treated correctly but I would ask anyone who may have any concerns of any animals suspected of being neglected to get in touch.”

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