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Damaged shed leads to rumours of rhino escape

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rhino rumoursTHE MANAGEMENT of a Pembrokeshire Zoo have confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald that reports that two rhinos had escaped from their enclosures during the thunder and lightning of Tuesday night were just rumours spread on the internet. Unconfirmed reports of the ‘escape’ had been reported on the Radio Pembrokeshire twitter feed and on The Pembrokeshire Herald Facebook page in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The following is a report from Anna’s Welsh Zoo:

On a dark and stormy night in Pembrokeshire, somebody saw a road block near the sleepy hamlet of St Florence. An hour later, ripples began to form on social media. Before long huge waves were washing out as far as Sky News in London and even the Netherlands.

What had actually happened? A roof had blown off a storage barn into the road. What did this turn into? A rhino had escaped from Anna Ryder Richardson’s zoo… it was down in the village by the shop… they were about to tranquilise it… By the time Anna and her husband Colin had been alerted to the rumour and headed out into the storm to confirm that all three rhinos were safely tucked in bed, the rumour had gone viral online. Even the local zoo inspectors were woken at 6am to be told of the ‘news’. Staff spent the morning ringing around news outlets near and far to quash the rumour and allay local residents’ fears.

This highlights the power and speed which social media can spread messages throughout the world.

Much has been said lately about how to use social media and how not, but it would certainly seem prudent to check whether you’ve seen a roof or a rhino!

Anna Ryder Richardson said “It’s crazy how quickly rumours can spread these days with social media and texts. I’ve had to switch my phone off this morning because it’s been ringing off the hook, and we’ve had thousands more hits on our website and Facebook than usual this morning”.

“I’d like to reassure local residents that we have double and triple safety systems in place to make sure that our animals don’t escape. Our beautiful rhino boys were snugly tucked up in their beds all night and don’t know what all the fuss is about!”

“I am very excited that from February 8, we will be opening 363 days a year – so anyone who fancies a look at our fabulous rhino boys can do so while they are safely behind by a 7,000 volt electric fence! Our enclosures are all carefully designed so you can have amazing, up close, ‘uncaged’ encounters with our animals, while they have the freedom to roam in large, natural enclosures.”

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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