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Tuesday, 03 March 2015

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Animal sanctuary loses bid for zoo licence

An animal sanctuary has lost its bid to have a zoo licence granted.

Goats photo
Young goats at Wetheriggs

Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, near Penrith, has had an application for a licence turned down by an Eden council.

This means that the attraction will not be open to members of the public.

But director Terry Bowes was unfazed by the decision.

He said: “We have volunteers here and they do absolutely magic work, the lot of them.

“We can’t open to the public but we can to members, who need to join at least a day before they come.

“We are quite happy with the situation because we didn’t think we needed a zoo licence anyway.”

The centre rescues animals who do not behave normally. The animals will now be relocated into an area that only members will be able to enter.


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