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A lower Manhattan wildlife lover has made sure some of his furry friends have a warm spot to wait out winter by building squirrel houses in City Hall Park.
Biologist Mark Garvin said he and his wife appointed themselves caretakers of about 60 or so squirrels at the park after 9/11.
"That whole park was coated in white dust," he said. "The animals were dying over there, so that's when we really got determined. I paid a couple hundred dollars to have each of the boxes made and The Parks Department installed three at the park."
Building the houses was something the Garvins thought they could give back to the squirrels. "You have to do what you think is right in the world," Garvin said. "It's a very small thing, but it's my corner of the universe."
Citywide Parks Ranger Capt. Richard Simon said squirrels have many uses. "Old people like to feed them and the tourists like to see them," he said. "They're just very friendly, and they're cute."
A three-legged elephant is walking much more easily again after having an artificial limb attached.
The new canvas leg was created for Mocha, a female elephant being cared for by Thai vets.
The animal was severely injured when she stepped on a landmine at the Thai-Myanmar border, losing her front right leg in the blast but experts at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in northern Lampang province have come to her aid - hoping she can soon be set safely free on her own four feet again.
The government has today given full legal protection to Britain's most endangered mammal, the water vole.
Speaking this morning at WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes, the Minister for Biodiversity, Joan Ruddock, announced that water voles will be protected against being killed, injured or taken from the wild. Police will also have the power to prosecute if water voles have been deliberately persecuted.
WWT has thriving vole populations at six of its wetland centres, including London (above), where they were successfully introduced in 2001. The centre is now home to 3-400 individuals.
A rare Royal Bengal tigress was released into the wild after being rescued from a rampaging mob that had chased her for 14 hours.
The pregnant animal's ordeal began on Monday evening when it emerged from the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, part of the world's largest expanse of mangrove forest, and was spotted near a village 240km south of Calcutta.
As many as 1000 villagers joined the subsequent hunt, pelting the creature with stones as they pursued it across fields, through huts and barns and up a banyan tree.
Five forest guards were injured as they fought unsuccessfully to stop the villagers setting the tree alight. They calimed the tigress attacked and injured as many as five people.
The animal was tranquilised after it managed to escape from the banyan tree, tore through the fishing nets the villagers had laid below it and, exhausted, sought refuge in a much smaller date palm.
It was treated for minor injuries and transported by boat along the river Sundarikati deep into the forest.
The crew opened her cage and the creature leapt into the water. After pausing to roar at her rescuers, she bounded away and disappeared.
The incident is the latest to highlight the unhealthy proximity of India's Bengal tigers and the growing human population.
According to a new report by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, there are 1411 tigers left on the sub-continent, down from 3642 in 2002.
Estimates indicate that as few as 70 survive in the Sunderbans forest.
A black kitten rescued after more than three weeks in a Manhattan subway tunnel had a second ordeal to endure today - surgery on her broken leg.
7-month-old Georgia was found 26 days after she escaped from her travel case on a midtown platform but she suffered a fractured back leg during her underground stay.
Georgia's broken limb was reset by Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists. "Hopefully she's going to come through everything and be pretty normal," Georgia's owner Ashley Phillips, 24, (below) from Bronx, said.
A $1,500 (£769) reward for finding Georgia will be split among her three rescuers - NYC Transit workers Mark Dalessio and Efrain LaPorte and meter reader Christopher Cuddy.
"I'm just pleased it was a happy ending," said Cuddy, 26, who first heard Georgia cry Wednesday as he read meters in a subterranean tunnel. Cuddy - who said he will donate his $500 reward to the ASPCA - alerted transit officials and reignited a search that began after Georgia first jumped onto the tracks.
I'm not a great fan of sports or exercising of any form but in the early 90's when I drove my mum from Finland to Spain and back three years in a row (she lives in Spain and wanted to take her car over for the winter) I did my back in.
I started looking for a suitable activity to strengthen my back and found this book
I started doing it regularly and really noticed the difference. Then the book got put away and I got lazy and stopped doing the exercises.
I got really fed up about a week ago when my favourite pair of jeans wouldn't fit (me thinks the Xmas choc marathon is to blame!) so I dug out the book and started doing it again.
And amazingly now, after only a week, I can already tell the difference. The jeans are a lot less tight! Brilliant!
Callanetics must be the only exercise where the rewards are almost instant. I'm going to keep up with for another few weeks.
In a nutshell Callanetics is a non-impact exercise which utilizes precise positioning to isolate specific muscle groups and by using tiny yet powerful movements cause the muscles to work deeper requiring more muscle fibers to be recruited.
Visitors to this year's Rye Bay Scallop Festival can enjoy the town's signature seafood with a limited edition stout made with scallops as a key ingredient.
Original Rye Scallop Stout has been created by Kent brewer Shepherd Neame to celebrate the sixth festival starting tomorrow.
Brewer Stewart Main (above) said: "This full bodied traditional stout, brewed with black rye and crystal malt. Scallops from Rye are added to the copper in the process (below), lending a delicate, gamey flavour. It is a beer for Rye, and with rye, from Britain's oldest brewer."
The limited edition 3.7 abv Original Rye Scallop Stout will even boast unique pump clips in the shape of scallop shells.
The cask-conditioned stout will be available in a limited number of Shepherd Neame pubs and freehouses in the Rye area during the festival.
168 feral cats and kittens have been rescued from the site of the London 2012 Olympics as demolition work continues.
A local animal charity Celia Hammond Animal Trust has been allowed access to the site to ensure the safety of the cats who have taken refuge in the arious industrial buildings being bulldozed.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) which has also re-housed newts, frogs and fish from the east London site, said demolition work was expected to be completed in March with construction on the main venues beginning later this year.