Archive for June, 2013

A tour of Leybourne Animal Centre

Leybourne Animal Centre © RSPCA photolibrary

Some time ago I joined volunteers, animal care staff, visiting inspectors and Gizmo during a mid-morning tea break at Leybourne Animal Centre. It was such a memorable day that I felt it was about time I shared it with you all.

Gizmo was one of the centre’s residents, he’d joined staff for a cuppa. Gizmo had been in the centre’s care for some time and needed a break from kennel life.  His coat was still patchy from the neglect … continue reading ››

The story of Sunny the Shetland pony

Shetland pony Sunny with mum Sherry © RSPCA photolibrary

Horses and ponies on the track

The weather on the morning of 21 June was most unseasonal.  Torrential rain had been falling incessantly for a number of hours and showed little sign of relenting.  The temperature was low and viability poor.

As the TransPennine Express hurtled past the dis-used station at Maud’s Bridge in South Yorkshire, heading for the city of Scunthorpe, the driver reported seeing a herd of animals on the track and that there may have been a … continue reading ››

Basking shark: the gentle giant

basking shark feeding Photo by Chris Gotschalk

When many British people think of sharks, they probably think of the great white shark made famous by the Jaws movies. However, many people don’t realise that there are actually over 30 species of shark living off the coasts of Britain.

A marine animal the size of a double-decker bus needs hardly more than a little imagination to turn into the stuff of nightmares. Yet the basking shark, named for its apparent ‘basking’ at the sea surface, is actually a continue reading ››