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NSA blames sheep deaths on escaped lynx
Natural England is currently considering an application from the Lynx Trust UK, which is proposing a trial reintroduction. (Stock photo)
Zoo claims it is ‘very unlikely’ Lilleth is responsible 

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is claiming an escaped lynx is to blame for the deaths of seven sheep in Wales.

Young Eurasian lynx Lilleth escaped from the Borth Wild Animal Kingdom at the end of last month.

The NSA says a post-mortem carried out on sheep by Welsh Government officials found the cause of death to be a single bite to the neck.

However, a spokeswoman for the Borth zoo told Farmer’s Weekly that it is “very unlikely that Lilleth had killed the sheep”.

She added: “The autopsy on one of the dead sheep came back inconclusive. We await the result of blood tests later in the week.”

Lilleth is thought to have climbed some slender tree branches in her enclosure, before making a ‘giant leap’ to the perimeter fence, which is electrified.

There have been a number of sightings of the lynx in the surrounding area and zoo keepers are currently tracking her, with the help of cameras and bait traps. The zoo will remain closed until she is caught.

Dyfed-Powys Police warned the public not to approach Lilleth as she may become aggressive if cornered. Any sightings should be reported by calling 101, or the zoo on 01970 871224.

The NSA has long campaigned against proposals to reintroduce Eurasian lynx to parts of the UK. In a statement, the trade association referred to the sheep deaths as a ’stark warning’. Natural England is currently considering an application from the Lynx Trust UK, which is proposing a trial reintroduction in Kielder Forest, Northumberland.

Borth Wild Animal Kingdom and the Lynx Trust UK have been contacted for comment.

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Amur leopard cubs caught on camera

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 A pair of Amur leopards have been captured on camera for the first time since their birth. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland announced the birth in July, but with human presence being kept to a minimum, it was not known how many cubs had been born.

Motion sensitive cameras have now revealed that two cubs emerged from the den - at least one of which may be released into the wild in Russia within the next two or three years. The Amur leopard habitat is not open to the public, to help ensure the cubs retain their wild instincts and behaviour. Image © RZSS 

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‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from www.bsava.com/shop