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18.09.23 – Traffic Cones for Polar Bears, Kitten found in Engine

Written by on 17 September 2023

Staffordshire County Council  has treated three local polar bears to a truckload of their favourite toys – traffic cones.

Peak Wildlife Park’s newest residents really enjoy playing with things that float so what better welcome gift than 30 damaged traffic cones that would have otherwise been thrown away.   Highways crew members, Wayne Bridgett and Paul Williams, handed over the cones to the wildlife park last week.

Zookeeper, Reece Greenhow said: “These boys will spend hours and hours in that lake now playing with those traffic cones.  Any kind of toys that are polar bear proofed – even though they will destroy them quite quickly – are great toys for them.”.  Eight-year-old Hope and her two 20-month-old twin cubs, Nanook and Noori, were relocated to their five-acre habitat back in June after their previous home – the Orsa Predator Park in Sweden – closed down.

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And another animal story … It might be true what they say about cats having nine lives after Officers from Staffordshire Fire Service rescued a kitten which was stuck in a car engine in Stoke-on-Trent last week.
The driver of a Vauxhall Zafira heard a strange sound coming from their vehicle on Foley Street in Fenton. He turned off the engine and called for help after realising the noise appeared to be an animal in distress.
Firefighters managed to free the kitten who had become stuck inside an engine compartment. They lifted the car using air bags and helped the kitten by removing the engine cover.
Luckily, the kitten, who was named Zafira by fire crews as it seemed to like the car so much  did not appear to be injured. Crews named the kitten Zafira, given, he was given  food and water at the local fire station before being taken to a local vet for precautionary checks.
The kitten has been left in the care of the RSPCA until the owner is found.