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Tis’ the season to feed wild birds
Now that the first frosts and snow have landed, chances are that home owners are thinking more about wild birds. These manufacturers have a range of products and good ideas on how to encourage people to feed wild birds, and hopefully convert them to year-round feeders.
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Web cure turns phobia into fascination
A housewife who was once so scared to leave her own home due to a crippling fear of spiders has conquered the phobia – by living with more than 50 tarantulas.
Gemma Wright, 42, has boxes of her eight-legged furry friends piled up in her sitting room despite once not being able to even look at a spider, the Mirror reports.
And now she has conquered her life-long fear, Gemma, of Chelmsford, Essex, said keeping them as pets has turned into a hobby.
Gemma began to beat the fear six years ago when she started researching and learning about spiders by looking at pictures to desensitise herself.
She then tried to get used to being in the same room as one but decided the best way to beat the phobia was by owning one as a pet. So, in 2013 she bought Nightshade, the first of 58 tarantulas. She also bought one false widow spider. More tarantulas followed soon after which found their way into Gemma’s front room.
Ratty’s bin unlucky
A tiny kitten had a narrow escape after being mistaken for a rat and hit over the head by a shocked resident.
The two-week-old tabby was emerging from behind a dustbin in the Bow area of London and startled a member of a public, who thought she was a large rat. They reacted instinctively, hitting the kitten on the head with a broom. Quickly realising their mistake, the resident rushed her to a vet, where she was found to be suffering from hypothermia.
After her initial treatment, the homeless kitten was transferred to the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria, where staff nicknamed her Ratty. Because she had suffered a blow to the head, she was kept under careful observation and nurses had to feed her every three hours round-the-clock, as she was too young to be away from her mum.
Amanda Marrington, welfare officer for Blue Cross, said: “It’s amazing that little Ratty has survived considering what she has been through. She was far too small to find food or keep warm without her mum and being hit on the head could have caused her serious damage. She’s obviously a bit of a tough cookie and really deserves a fresh start in a lovely, safe home.”
Luckily, Ratty didn’t seem to have suffered any permanent damage after her ordeal. She is now being cared for by a Blue Cross foster volunteer until she is old enough to go to find a permanent new home at around eight weeks.
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