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A dog survived a 250ft fall, almost the height of Big Ben, with no broken bones after plunging off a cliff as he chased a rabbit.

Norman, a one-year-old Weimaraner, had been taken for a walk along the White Cliffs of Dover when he suddenly darted off towards the edge after a bunny.

Owners Simon Spore and fiancee Jane Westfield’s dog was being walked by Miss Westfield’s 19-year-old son Josh as the couple went shopping Canterbury.

The next they heard was when Josh called them to say Norman had chased a rabbit over the edge of the cliffs and plunged 250ft in a dock service yard below.

Dock workers ran to the dog’s side and he was rushed to a local vets for treatment.

Norman suffered no broken bones, despite falling the huge distance – almost the height of Big Ben, which stands at 314ft.

Owner Mr Spore, 49, a prison officer from Dover, Kent, said he was “reeling in shock” when Josh called him to say his pet had gone over the edge of the cliffs chasing a rabbit.

“I was absolutely distraught. Josh was in total shock,” he said. “In my mind I was going back to retrieve a dead dog.

He added: “He was in a terrible state but no bones were broken, he just had lots of bruises and cuts and a punctured lung.”

After two nights in the vets last week Norman was allowed home and is now recovering.

A posting on Norman’s own Facebook page reads: “I’m feeling bit better today – I don’t want any walks ever again to high places.

“I love life and live life to the full….but I can’t fly.”


German authorities are hunting high and low for a kangaroo that escaped from an animal park near Frankfurt, with the help of a fox and wild boar.

Three kangaroos named Skippy, Jack and Mick on Saturday night bounded through a hole in the fence of their enclosure made by a helpful fox, Michael Hoffmann, deputy head of the animal park near Frankfurt, said.

One unadventurously stayed within the park grounds and was swiftly recaptured. The other two scrabbled to freedom through a hole dug by a wild boar under the park’s exterior barriers.

Vets snared one of the refugee pair after a long chase, Mr Hoffmann said, but the third had proved harder to track down.

The animal is no danger to the public, stressed Mr Hoffmann.

“He’s super friendly, super nice. Absolutely no danger at all.”

A gifted goat, who waves a jolly greeting at people as they visit his farm, has turned his back on the chance to become the next Susan Boyle.

Story by Jo Steele – 12th January, 2010

Producers of Britain’s Got Talent have tried to sign Darren, an Anglo-Nubian goat, for this year’s show after he became a hit on YouTube and featured in Metro.

But his owners refuse to take him to auditions because appearing before Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden could be bad for his health.

Darren, eight, is a favourite at White Post Farm in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, where he greets visitors by climbing the fence and waving his left hoof.

BGT producers have phoned Anthony Moore, marketing manager at the farm, about a dozen times in recent weeks.

But he said: ‘It’s not our thing, it goes against the animal welfare standards we’ve set here. Making him wave in front of thousands of people would not be right for Darren.’

He said: “At first we thought it was a crank call. At the time we said we would think about it, but decided then that if it came to an audition we wouldn’t do it.”

Last week they rang to say saying eight-year-old Darren had passed the first round of auditions after producers watched a video of him on the internet.

Producers wanted Darren to appear at the live auditions in Birmingham next month.

But Anthony said allowing Darren to following in the footsteps of last year’s singing sensation Susan Boyle would be bad for him.

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Snap-happy Vienna orangutan opens Facebook gallery

VIENNA (Reuters Life!) – A 33-year-old furry photographer is winning fans on social networking website Facebook for pictures of her daily life as an orangutan in a Vienna zoo.

Orangutan Nonja’s photos, taken with a camera that dispenses raisins as she snaps, have won over 500 fans on Facebook since the zoo launched an online photo album on Tuesday.

Although the slightly blurry images of Nonja’s climbing rope, food and companion’s shaggy red-brown fur have won lots of admiring comments from fans, the photographer herself is not so interested.

“Of course the apes don’t care about the pictures, they are just an accidental side product,” zoo spokesman Gerhard Kasbauer told Reuters. “They just know that when they press the button, a raisin pops out.”

The Vienna Tiergarten set up the project to help keep Nonja and her three hairy ape friends entertained in their enclosure. The album is online at: here

(Reporting by Alexandra Zawadil, Writing by Sylvia Westall, editing by Paul Casciato)

A kitten who got caught under the engine bay of a car survived a 20 mile journey escaping with only minor burns.

Four-month-old tabby Lola became wedged under the engine bay of the vehicle after she was chased onto the road by a dog.

Owner Vicky Rodgers, 58, heard a car screech to halt and ran outside, but neither she or the driver could see the cat and assumed Lola had run away to safety.

But Lola had become stuck under the engine bay of the silver saloon and remained there until the holidaymaker arrived at a campsite in St Austell – 20 miles away.

Lola, suffering burns to her paws and covered in oil, crawled out and was found three days later at Carlyon Bay Camp Site.

She was handed in to the local vet where Miss Rodgers had called the previous day attempting to find her

Miss Rodgers, from St Columb Major, Cornwall, said: “I heard the screeching of brakes outside and I feared the worst. The driver said to me ‘she’s under the car’, but we couldn’t find Lola anywhere.

“I searched the area, thinking she had sloped off into the fields, but there was no trace.

“I can’t believe Lola managed to hang on for 20 miles to a hot engine. Her feet are still scabbed over from the burns a week and a half later.”

Veterinarian Amy Hoddinott, 28, who treated the cat, said: “I thought she must have stepped on a hotplate because the bottoms of her feet were burned.

“She kept lifting the front left paw, which was really badly burned. The other three were only burned slightly.

“I gave her antibiotics and painkiller injections and treated the injuries with cream.

“She was so affectionate after the incident that I wanted to take her home. But she was very pleased to see her owner, as her owner was to see her.”

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 Dormice asleep in the middle of the A30 in Cornwall.  Photo: EPICNEWS.CO.UK

Dormice asleep in the middle of the A30 in Cornwall. Photo: EPICNEWS.CO.UK

Endangered dormice are thriving on the central reservation of a busy road in Cornwall, and are even able to regularly cross safely to the other side, according to ecologists.
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent

The mice, which snooze all day and hibernate for seven months of the year, usually live in quiet woodland areas or the margins of fields.

However, a year-long study, commissioned by the Highways Agency, found that a population has built up on the central reservation of the A30 at Penlan, Cornwall.

The creatures are not only thriving but appear to be able to regularly cross the busy road to forage in the surrounding area.

Leo Gubert, an ecologist who carried out the research for the Highways Agency, fitted microchips to 50 dormice.

By returning regularly to monitor the movement of the animals, he found that many were able to cross the road safely and one even managed to do it twice.

“They are not supposed to be able to walk across open spaces of grass or tarmac so this is a very surprising result. We believe that as the population increases they have been forced to disperse for breeding, or to look for food. We have suspected that they were able to cross roads but no-one has been able to prove until now.”

Dormice used to be found all around Britain but numbers have decreased recently because of intensive farming methods and loss of habitat like hedgerows and woodland.

The nocturnal animals forage for insects and seeds at night and usually live in trees.

But Mr Gubert said the animals can also live by roadsides.

“The striking thing is that the population density on the central reservation is similar to what you would find in ancient woodland. They are not ideal conditions obviously, but the dormice seem to thrive. This might be because although they are in the middle of a dual carriageway, they are less likely to be disturbed by predators such as cats and dogs.”

The Highways Agency, which has a responsibility to protect endangered animals living on the verges of roads, has had to build tunnels or rope bridges for creatures like dormice in the past.

“If we can show that dormice can cross roads by themselves and are adaptable to different environments that saves money for us as we do not have to put in mitigation methods,” said a spokesman.

However the People’s Trust for Endangered Species said dormice still require protection in order to boost numbers.