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Mascara wand appeal a huge success
Mascara wands are used to groom the animals.

Wildlife charity has received brushes from all over the world

A wildlife centre's appeal for old mascara brushes to help care for its animals has closed after the charity received ‘more wands than Hogwarts’.

BBC News reports that pigeons and baby rabbits were among the first to benefit from the 'Wands for Wildlife' project at The New Arc Animal Rescue Centre in Abderdeenshire.

The tiny wands are used to groom and care for the animals and are said to work well because the bristles are so close together.

On its Facebook page, New Arc said that it had received hundreds of emails and mascara wands from the world. Kevin Newell, who helps care for the animals at the rescue centre, told BBC Scotland:

“We have been inundated - we have got more wands here than in Hogwarts.
The mascara brushes are cleaned, and we get them ready for the baby season. They are usually orphaned.

"If using on a small rabbit it's fantastic as they are so fine, it removes mites and dust, and once that grooming process is in place it's a bonding thing. It's like parental care. It keeps them clean, happy and healthy."

Wands for Wildlife was first pitched to The New Arc by the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina, which provides urgent care to injured and orphaned wildlife.

New Arc said that it was fantastic to have so much support for wildlife and re-using items destined for landfill. It now hopes to find a secure a recycling facility for the used wands and will post details of where they can be sent.

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”