Top 5: Our animal stories from Lincolnshire
Remember the story about the dog who became friends with the meerkat?
Today we look back at some of our favourite animal tales from across Lincolnshire.
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1. A giant donkey called Miss Ellie was imported from the US to live at an Alford Donkey Sanctuary.
At 8ft in height Miss Ellie towered above her companions.
Andrew Rae, who was a volunteer at the Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary, said: “When she’s in the field she doesn’t look that big to be honest, but when she starts walking towards you and gets bigger and bigger you think ‘oh my stars!”
Mia the Mastiff
2. Mia the Mastiff cross had to have emergency life-saving surgery after swallowing a toy dinosaur.
The poorly pooch had 30 inches of her intestine removed after vets discovered the strange shape on an x-ray.
Her worried owner Lisa Porter said: "It was a moment I shall never forget. The vet called me to say the dinosaur head, with no body, was lodged in her intestine which had started to die off and the only hope of Mia surviving was to try to remove it and remove the bad part of intestine.”
George and Disa
3. George the Labradoodle struck up a strong bond with little Disa the meerkat after Disa’s meerkat mate passed away.
The pair who lived at the home of Rob and Susan Louth from Reptile Life were said to be inseparable.
Mr Louth said: “Disa absolutely loves George and follows him everywhere. When she’s out and about on her own she’s constantly looking for him.”
Eve the seal
4. When Eve, the hooded seal, was released from Natureland at Skegness she was fitted with a radio tracker that showed she travelled all the way to the Shetland Isles but instead of continuing towards arctic waters she came back and was found at Chapel St Leonards exhausted and underweight.
Richard Yeadon from Natureland said: “She seems very chilled out in the resident seal pool, enjoying five meals of the best quality herrings a day.”
5. Poppy, the little Yorkshire Terrier helped her owner kick his alcohol addiction and was given a bravery award at a fancy ceremony.
Her owner, Simon Davies from Sleaford, had suffered post-traumatic stress after serving in the army and Poppy helped him turn his life around.
Simon said: “Before, I was in the pit of despair and hardly left my flat. Now, she gets me out of the house for walks and we meet people and I now have something to get out of bed for.”