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Choc’s away for flying hound
A canine pilot with more than 250 flying hours has become the only dog in the UK to have her own crew card.
Callie, a chocolate Labrador, has flown an amazing 50,000 miles around the country with owner Graham Mountford in his Cessna 210 Centurion, the orangenews website reports.
“She has been flying since she was 12 weeks old and is a very well-travelled dog,” said Graham, 50, from Leighton Buzzard, in Bedfordshire.
The pair fly most weekends, visiting beaches such as Barra in Scotland, Perranporth in Cornwall and Caernarfon in Wales, where Callie enjoys a run on the sand and a sausage.
The puppy pilot has now been given an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (Aopa) air crew card, which entitles her to a host of VIP benefits.
“I went to an aeroexpo exhibition and visited the Aopa stand and they decided Callie had more flying hours than many humans, so I jokingly asked if she could have a crew card,” Graham said. He was shocked to receive a membership pack in the post for Callie a week after his tongue-in-cheek request.
Polar bear is latest casualty
Members of the public have been warned that dropping their possessions when visiting zoos could pose a fatal risk to animals.
The warning follows the death of a polar bear at a Stuttgart zoo, which is thought to have died after eating a coat and bag left in its enclosure.
The 25-year-old polar bear, named Anton, died of severe intestinal injuries, the zoo said.
The death is not the first tragedy of its type at the German zoo.
Charly, the last elephant seal in the zoo, died after swallowing a teddy bear, and a hippopotamus called Egon died several years ago after swallowing a tennis ball.
According to The Times around 200 children’s shoes have been discovered in the polar bear enclosure, along with a wide variety of other items.
Another brood attracts at-ten-tion
A duck that laid her eggs in the grounds of a school for the third year in a row has been released with her new family by the Scottish SPCA.
Staff and pupils at Moray Primary School, in Grangemouth, were given a special surprise when they discovered the recently-hatched ducklings and their mother wandering around the playground.
The mother duck has become somewhat of a mini mascot for the school, where pupils have affectionately named her Poppy, and was making a return for the third year to lay her eggs, which hatched into 10 fluffy ducklings.
Head teacher Lynda McDonald said, “Our school has two internal gardens and three years ago Poppy laid 10 eggs in our grounds. There’s a burn not too far from the school which has a lot of ducks so it’s possible she thought the school would be a safer location for her offspring.
“Last year she returned and instead flew into our nursery garden to make a nest in a plant pot where she laid nine eggs. Our nursery children were able to follow the whole process and it was an extraordinary event for them to see first-hand.”
The ducklings were later released by Animal Rescue Officer Robyn Cooper at Gartmorn Dam, near Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
Robyn said, “It took the efforts of several teachers and the janitor to help catch all of the ducklings. One of them was hiding under a shed so we had to wait it out to catch him. It was certainly a very entertaining morning.”
In a separate incident, eight orphaned ducklings that wandered into a conservatory in South Queensferry are recovering in the Scottish SPCA’s care.
A resident of Dalmeny contacted the welfare charity after the birds walked in through a door which had been left open. They ducklings are now recovering at the SSPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire.
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