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Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Acorns blamed for death of 30 ponies

A bumper crop of acorns has been blamed for the deaths of more than 30 ponies in an English national park.

Authorities at the New Forest have turned out around 450 pigs, which eat the acorns, to try to limit the deaths of the ponies, which find the nut toxic. "This year seems to be a bad year simply because there has been a good crop of acorns," said Jonathan Gerrelli from the Verderers Office, which looks after the ponies.

Girls more likely to be overweight

Girls are almost 50pc more likely to be overweight than boys by the age of seven, research suggests.

Nearly one in four (23pc) girls are too heavy at this age compared with just over one in six (18pc) boys, according to the study. Researchers analysed the weights of 11,000 children taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study in Britain -- which is tracking children born between 2000 and 2002.

Marmite may aid heart recovery

A key vitamin found in Marmite and Quorn could hold the clue to recovery following a heart attack, experts say.

A derivative of vitamin B1 could speed up healing of tissue and increase the chance of survival after heart damage, a study suggests. Separate research also found the substance -- called benfotiamine -- can slow down the progression to heart failure in diabetics.

Attackers club seal pups to death

Attackers clubbed 23 fur seals to death, including newborn pups, at a New Zealand breeding colony.

Some of the eight bludgeoned pups were just days old, said Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson. She appealed for assistance from the public to help track down the attackers.

Teenager survives being hit by train

A US teenager walking to school along a railway line survived with minor injuries after being hit by a train.

Isatu Kanu (16) said she missed her bus north of Columbus, Ohio. She suffered concussion, a neck fracture and needed 38 leg stitches.

Teen thieves had dairy farm plan

Two teenage boys from the US have been accused of stealing 17 calves to start their own dairy farm.

The boys, from central Minnesota, told police they wanted to start their own farm and planned to keep the heifers and sell the bulls.

Irish Independent

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