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Charity worker locks himself in hot car
“This was an eye-opening experience as to what a death trap warm cars can be for dogs."

Video is a ‘timely reminder’ not to leave dogs in vehicles 

A charity worker from Wales has locked himself in a hot car to demonstrate the dangers of leaving dogs in vehicles.

Chris O’Brien, a media relations officer from RSPCA Cymru, spent just over 26 minutes in the stationary car, during which time temperatures soared from 23.3ºC to over 57ºC.

The charity released a video - shot over a series of updates - to act as a ‘timely reminder’ of the potentially fatal hazards of leaving dogs in hot cars.

Temperatures rose to over 35ºC after five minutes, to more than 50ºC at the 17 minute mark, before breaking the 57ºC barrier at around 25 minutes.

Mr O’Brien said: “This was an eye-opening experience as to what a death trap warm cars can be for dogs – and hopefully will help raise awareness about how dangerous such a situation can be for our canine friends.

“I was shocked as to just how quickly the temperature sky-rocketed. In less than half-an-hour, it was more than 57°C degrees - or approximately 135°F - and I cannot begin to imagine the distress that could cause a dog.

“We just hope this video helps raise awareness as to the dangers people are inadvertently placing dogs in, if they leave them in a car amid these warmer weather conditions. A short trip to the shops for an owner could prove fatal for a dog left alone in this way.”

Temperatures in Wales have been soaring in recent days and weeks. RSPCA Cymru’s emergency line received 85 calls about dogs in hot environments between 25 June and 1 July.

The charity’s advice is to call 999 if you see a dog in distress in a hot car.

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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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