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Litter of lion cubs born at Edinburgh Zoo


A litter of Asiatic lion cubs has been born at Edinburgh Zoo. At just three weeks old, the cubs are off display and being nursed by their mother, Roberta. 

Five cubs were initially born but sadly two did not survive. Staff say the surviving three cubs are doing well but the next few months are crucial.

The cubs will be weighed and sexed at their first health check in the coming weeks, after which they will also be named. 

Asiatic lions are endangered, with estimates suggesting there are only 350 left in the wild. Threats include poaching, habitat destruction, conflict with humans and declining prey.

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Nominations open for National Cat Awards 2020

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 UK charity Cats Protection has announced that cat owners can nominate their pets for the National Cat Awards 2020 starting today.

The awards take place annually, celebrating heart warming stories of the positive impact that cats have on their owners. Cat owners have until Thursday 12 March to submit their nominations through the Cats Protection website. 

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Restriction zone lifted at Suffolk chicken farm

A one-kilometre restriction zone around a commercial chicken farm in mid-Suffolk has been lifted, following the completion of surveillance testing for avian influenza H5N3 with negative results.

Some 27,000 birds on the premises were culled after a veterinary surgeon identified the disease while investigating a fall in egg production. Poultry keepers are urged to take action to reduce the risk of disease in their flock by following government advice on biosecurity.