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‘Escaped’ big cats found in enclosures at German zoo
Floods swept through the privately owned Eifel Zoo, leaving two lions, two tigers and a jaguar unaccounted for. (Stock photo)
Bear shot dead after escaping during floods 

Five big cats that were feared missing after storms hit a zoo in western Germany never left their enclosures, it has emerged.

Local residents were advised to stay indoors after floods swept through the privately owned Eifel Zoo, leaving two lions, two tigers and a jaguar unaccounted for.

After the flood water receded, zoo keepers searched for the animals using drones and founded them still in their enclosures.

An escaped bear was shot dead, however, officials confirmed.

Andreas Kruppert, mayor of the municipality of Arzfeld, is quoted by the BBC as saying: “As a result of serious flooding the high water pressure on the gate [of the bear enclosure] meant that it gave way.

“As a result, and also in and effort to save itself from the rising water, the bear fled the enclosure on to the path. Emergency responders were already there and because the bear posed a serious threat to the people in the vicinity the bear sadly had to be shot.”

Flood damage to the zoo is still being assessed and the animals will be transferred to another zoo if necessary.

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Sale of microbeads now banned

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 The sale of products containing microbeads is now banned across England and Scotland, Defra has confirmed.

As part of government efforts to prevent these plastics ending up in the marine environment, retailers can no longer sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. These tiny plastics were often added to products including face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

Just a single shower is thought to send 100,000 of these beads down the drain and into the ocean, where it can cause serious harm to marine life. A ban on manufacturing products containing microbeads previously came into force in January this year. 

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George Eustice announces funding for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

Farming minister George Eustice has announced a £5.7million funding package to help farmers tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

The funding will be available in England for three years through the Rural Development Programme and farmers will be able to apply for one-to-one farm advisory visits by a veterinary practitioner.

The project will recruit local vets who will then work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle BVD on their farms.