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Bindi Irwin Got Married In Secret Hours Before Australian Quarantine Began

Bindi Irwin managed to get married just hours ahead of Australia’s crackdown on weddings and other social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The 21-year-old conservationist – and daughter of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin – tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell today, March 25. The couple had been engaged since Bindi’s

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Bindi Irwin managed to get married just hours ahead of Australia’s crackdown on weddings and other social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 21-year-old conservationist – and daughter of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin – tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell today, March 25.

The couple had been engaged since Bindi’s birthday in July last year, six years after meeting at Australia Zoo – fittingly, that’s where they chose to become husband and wife.

It looked to be a gorgeous ceremony, with zoo staff in attendance cradling koalas and a musician with a guitar at the end of the aisle.

Shortly after her now-husband proposed, Bindi uploaded a photo to Instagram with the caption:

Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness. I’m so looking forwarding to spending our forever together as your wife. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose and unconditional love – now let’s get married already!

Chandler said that proposing in Australia Zoo, ‘in her very favourite place… surrounded by animals, seemed like the perfect way’ to do it.

Photos had emerged earlier today of the wedding, as paparazzi in helicopters flew over the ceremony – Bindi was seen shielded by huge white umbrellas, clearly in a bid to keep it as private as possible.

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Following Steve’s tragic death in 2006, his wife Terri and their children Bindi and Robert have continued his legacy, owning and operating the Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital.

In Australia, there have been more than 2,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with eight deaths. In response to those numbers, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced a host of measures, active from midnight tonight.

These include restrictions on funerals, which will be limited to 10 people or less, and weddings will be limited to the couple, celebrant and witnesses. Amusement parks, arcades, galleries, museums, libraries and community facilities will also be shut, however schools are set to remain open.

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Morrison said: ‘Jobs are essential, and everyone who has one needs to be able to keep doing their job. And that means being able to keep their children at school. Where parents choose to keep their children at home, there will be learning that is there for them to undertake. Parents would be needing to take responsibility for ensuring that their children are engaged in that.’

Imploring people to stay and home and practice social distancing, he said to those urging for stricter enforcement: ‘Be careful what you wish for on something like that … because that will need to be sustained for a very long time.’

Congratulations to Bindi and Chandler, particularly amid these trying times!

It’s okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization on coronavirus, click here.

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Zoo Makes Heartfelt Plea For Help After Being Asked To Close Its Doors Indefinitely

The UK’s largest zoo has asked for the public’s help after being asked to close its doors indefinitely.  Chester Zoo has been closed for several weeks due to the ongoing health crisis, which has had detrimental affects on its income. Despite the easing of lockdown, zoos like Chester are still unable to open their doors.

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The UK’s largest zoo has asked for the public’s help after being asked to close its doors indefinitely. 

Chester Zoo has been closed for several weeks due to the ongoing health crisis, which has had detrimental affects on its income.

Despite the easing of lockdown, zoos like Chester are still unable to open their doors.

Chester Zoo is the most visited wildlife attraction in the UK and boasts over 35,000 threatened and critically endangered species – all of whom are, of course, still being cared for while it’s closed.

It’s been reported that due to the pandemic, Chester Zoo has lost around £5 million and is on track to end up in £24 million worth of debt by the end of 2020 – a figure that will be difficult to come back from.

Chester Zoo relies on people visiting the park for 97% of its income and, after being closed since March 21, it was inevitable the zoo would lose a lot of money.

A statement on the Chester Zoo website reads:

But now, as the government has ordered that we may have to stay closed indefinitely, it hurts us to say that this crisis has left us FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURE.

Not being able to open, despite being a huge outdoor site with all the necessary safety measures in place, is having a devastating impact on our much-loved zoo. We’re heading towards debt in excess of £24m by the end of 2020 – this will financially cripple us. We need to raise £1.6m each month to keep going.

Meanwhile, we’re having to sit back and watch as people are piling onto beaches and into public parks, where there is no way of controlling numbers, no way of guaranteeing people are socially distanced and no way of ensuring safety. We, can do all of this.

The zoo expressed its frustration of not being able to open its doors for people to visit its 128 acres of gardens, despite other private gardens in the country opening up this week.

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🐘🐢 SAVE OUR ZOO 🦁🐧 As the UK’s biggest and most popular charity zoo, we’ve tried to stay positive during this pandemic. Our conservationists have continued to prevent extinction, our virtual days have cheered up the nation, and our learning resources have helped thousands of home-schooling families. We wanted to remain a beacon of hope. We really tried. – But now, as the government has ordered that we may have to stay closed indefinitely, it hurts us to say that this crisis has left us fighting for our future. – Not being able to open, despite being a huge outdoor site with all the necessary safety measures in place, is having a devastating impact on our much-loved zoo. We’re heading towards debt in excess of £24m by the end of 2020 – this will financially cripple us. We need to raise £1.6m each month to keep going. – Meanwhile, we’re having to sit back and watch as people are piling onto beaches and into public parks, where there is no way of controlling numbers, no way of guaranteeing people are socially distanced and no way of ensuring safety. We, can do all of this. We look on as, from this week, private gardens open up, while our own 128 acres of gardens and 16km of pathways remain closed, and under enormous financial pressure. We REFUSE to cut corners when it comes to caring for the animals ❤ We REFUSE to give up on our fight to prevent extinction 🌎 And because of that, we’ve now reached the point where we desperately NEED YOUR HELP 🙏 We need you to SAVE OUR ZOO… LINK IN BIO ❤🙏

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In an additional statement, it was explained that it costs the zoo £465,000 a month to feed its 35,000 animals.

There are several ways you can help the zoo: you can make a donation, adopt an animal or buy a membership.

Via the website, there are four different types of adoption packs of over 46 different species available. There are junior, bronze, silver and gold packs with prices ranging from £45 to £90.

As well as this, the zoo has get up a just giving page which was already generated over £1 million.

If you would like to donate towards saving Chester Zoo, you can do so here.

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Lancashire Man Killed By Herd Of Cows That Attacked Him During Walk With Wife

An elderly man has died after he was attacked by a herd of cows in North Yorkshire, police have confirmed. The 82-year-old man is said have to been walking with his wife, 78, when the attack took place at Ivescar, near Ingleton, on Saturday, May 30. North Yorkshire Police say the man was declared dead

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An elderly man has died after he was attacked by a herd of cows in North Yorkshire, police have confirmed.

The 82-year-old man is said have to been walking with his wife, 78, when the attack took place at Ivescar, near Ingleton, on Saturday, May 30.

North Yorkshire Police say the man was declared dead when they at the scene just after 1.45pm, and his wife was taken to hospital by ambulance for her injuries.

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‘An 82-year-old man, from Foulridge, Pendle, sadly died yesterday after being attacked by a herd of cows,’ a spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said. ‘Emergency services attended and sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.’

They added:

The woman, aged 78, was badly bruised and taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary by air ambulance.

It’s believed the elderly couple were walking near Ribblehead Viaduct when they accidentally disturbed a herd of cows who had calves nearby.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the woman’s injuries are not believed to be serious, however she was taken to hospital with bruising and in severe shock.

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Although it remains unknown what actually happened to provoke the attack, the Ramblers – formerly the Ramblers’ Association – walkers’ rights organisation has advised that anyone travelling through the countryside should avoid putting themselves in between cows and their calves.

It has also advised that walkers should stop and observe the behaviours of animals – particularly cows and bulls – before travelling through the fields they’re contained in. Where possible, visitors should also travel around the edges of fields and go around the animals at a safe distance.

It hasn’t been reported whether this couple’s dog had anything to do with the incident, however walkers are told they must keep their dogs under strict control, on a short lead and under no circumstances allow their pets to scare the animals in any way.

These thoughts are echoed by the National Park Authority, which recommends exercising close caution, particularly around breeding season.

On the same day, it’s reported that the Cave Rescue Organisation had to be called out to help an elderly man in his 70s, who had slipped and fallen while walking on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, which has been closed to the public during the pandemic.

People are being urged to stay local and stay safe in a bid to minimise the strain put on emergency services while the current health crisis looms on.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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More Than 1,000 Horses In Australia To Be Killed After Shooting Cull Given Green Light

A large number of wild horses in Australia are to be killed after a shooting cull was given the green light. Victoria Supreme Court ruled the cull could go ahead, with the intention of it protecting Victoria’s biodiversity. The Australian state boasts thousands of wild brumby horses who rely on the landscape’s grasses as a

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A large number of wild horses in Australia are to be killed after a shooting cull was given the green light.

Victoria Supreme Court ruled the cull could go ahead, with the intention of it protecting Victoria’s biodiversity.

The Australian state boasts thousands of wild brumby horses who rely on the landscape’s grasses as a source of food. It’s believed the number of brumbies in the Australian Alps has gone from 9,000 to 24,000 over five years.

In 2018, it plans were made to remove 1,200 of the horses over the course of three years.

In a statement from Parks Victoria, in May this year, Matthew Jackson, the CEO, explained the reasoning behind the agency’s decision to kill the horses.

He said:

The Victorian Government is committed to protecting Victoria’s biodiversity, ensuring it is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

Parks Victoria has a legal and moral obligation to protect the native species that are at risk of extinction from the impacts of feral horses and other pest animals.

The conservation of Alpine National Park is key to this. Native alpine plants and animals which are found nowhere else on the planet are not equipped to deal with the weight, grazing, hard hooves or trampling of feral horses.

Jackson added that while the country’s bushfires had a devastating affect on its biodiversity, it’s been ‘severely damaged by feral horses’ as well.

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The statement continued:

By removing large invasive herbivores from the sensitive landscape, Parks Victoria is providing a greater chance of survival for native species. Feral horse management is one component of an integrated approach to reducing the impacts of introduced animals in the Alpine National Park.

Parks Victoria regularly undertakes programs to manage deer, pigs and other non-native species, complementing feral horse management.

All feral horse management operations are thoroughly planned, carried out by highly qualified and experienced professionals under strict conditions, ensuring the operations are safe, effective, humane and in accordance with all relevant legislation, codes of practice and standard operating procedures.

Despite the decision being given the go-ahead by Victoria’s Supreme Court, Omeo cattleman Philip Maguire plans to appeal it after already trying to stop the cull.

Maguire had argued that Parks Victoria failed to consult with the community on its decision to kill the wild horses, but the court ruled the agency wasn’t required to do so.

Justice Stephen Moore said Maguire did not have the standing to bring the proceeding and dismissed the case, but Maguire’s lawyer is now seeking an injunction, The Guardian reportd.

The local cattleman has already saved several horses and has said his land has the capacity for 150 of them.

Parks Victoria has said no horses will be killed before June 9 this year, but Maguire hopes to further halt the cull by now taking the matter to the Court of Appeals. It’s believed the matter with return to court on Friday, June 5.

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