A popular wildlife park is appealing to the public for donations after it’s been left “fighting for survival” amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Lake District Wildlife Park, in Bassenthwaite, Keswick, is home to hundreds of endangered and commonly-kept animal residents – from lemurs and red pandas, to zebras and even birds of prey – attracts some 50,000 visitors each year under normal circumstances, and ultimately aims to help to conserve species for future generations.
But due to the unprecedented circumstances over the last 11 months, with the country placed under several national lockdowns and ongoing restrictions, the award-winning Cumbrian zoo has been forced to shut the gates of its park to the public.
This has meant that a vital revenue stream for the park has been “eliminated”.
Unlike many other businesses and sectors across the UK too, the nearly 30-year-old zoo has not been able to furlough all of its staff due to “the enormous amount of care the animals need on a daily basis”.
And while the team of keepers have continued to work hard to ensure that the animals receive the highest level of care, support and comfort, the park has still been left to cover the cost of the feeding, ongoing veterinary requirements, heating, cleaning and maintenance, which can often end up running into thousands of pounds each week.
The absence of visitors has therefore resulted in a sudden loss of income over the past year, which has placed the park’s animals, resources and team under “extreme duress”.
Now, they need your help.
The park has launched an online Crowfunding campaign to appeal for donations from generous members of the public to help cover some of the aforementioned costs, contribute to several major projects in the future, and primarily put it in the best position to continue fighting the the animals in its care.
A target of £10,000 has been set, with over 300 donations already helping hit £7,500 and counting.
But the park has stressed that even if you are not in a position to financially contribute, just showing your support and “knowing that you’re there” is equally as important and valued.
Richard Robinson – Park Manager at Lake District Wildlife Park – said: “Now more than ever, we need to support the welfare of our animals to prevent further devastation from the pandemic.
“The smallest donations add up to make a real difference for the park,
“So we’re kindly asking the public to help our where they can and help our beautiful species survive these worrying times.”
You can find more information and make any donations via the Crowdfunder here.
Aldi is bringing its viral heated airer back to ‘keep costs down’ this winter
Aldi has announced that its viral heated airer which absolutely flew off the shelves last year is back by popular demand.
As the rising cost of living crisissadly continues to make its impact felt for thousands nationwide, the budget supermarket retailer has decided that now’s the perfect time to bring back one of last year’s biggest sell-out Specialbuys in a bid to “keep costs down” as we head into the colder months this autumn and winter.
Said to cost around just 6p per hour to run on average, Aldi‘s Heated Airer is similar to those you’ll find in places like Currys or Very, but quite a bit cheaper in comparison.
Apparently, you can save up to £25, so it’s a proper energy-saving bargain.
Described as being surprisingly-lightweight, and also compact enough for smaller homes and rooms, the 230W airer is powered by 20 heating tubes that heat up at soon as it’s plugged in.
There’s plenty of space to hang washing, as it has large foldable wings.
The folding design also makes it simple and easy to store away when you’re not using it, and it even comes with a cover to help speed up the drying time too.
If you are lucky enough to actually get your hands on it, then you can bag yourself savings of as much as 38% compared to other similar products available.
But of course, were are talking about one of the most viral Specialbuys in recent memory here, so the supermarket says shoppers “shouldn’t hang about too long” if they want to stand a good chance of buying one.
“As with all Specialbuys – once they’re gone, they’re gone,” Aldi admitted.
Aldi’s Heated Airer will be available from the legendary Middle Aisle in stores all across the UK from 28 September, but only while stocks last.
Featured Image – Aldi
Manchester City loanee João Cancelo looks ‘possessed’ in viral post-match interview
Manchester City loanee João Cancelo has gone viral after countless people online said that he looked “possessed” in a post-match interview over the weekend.
The 29-year-old City star, currently on loan at Barcelona, scored the winner for the Spanish giants in their game against Celta Vigo on Saturday, 23 September.
has already grabbed a couple of goals and an assist this season — one of them being the third in Barca’s 3-2 victory, which came in the 89th minute of the game.
So, naturally, Spanish media wanted to chat with him after full-time and we’d pay good money to know how this particular interviewer reacted after Cancelo suddenly started pulling these extremely weird faces mid-chat:
What the hell is going on? We have no idea but it’s certainly amused and intrigued people online.
With many commenting that he looks as though he’s suddenly become “possessed” by some sort of supernatural force and others joking that he must have just “come straight from a rave” to play a quick 90 minutes, people have been genuinely scratching their heads at the bizarre clip.
The video has been viewed over 12 million times on TikTok and reshared by countless other users across various different social media platforms.
Maybe he just had really dry eyes and an even drier mouth? Either that or he was still riding an absolute adrenaline high from this moment:
Despite being arguably one of the best players in the Premier League and winning plenty of silverware under Pep Guardiola, the two seemingly fell out sometime last season and Cancelo was ultimately sidelined by the Catalan coach sidelined.
Now playing at Pep’s boyhood club and enjoying regular minutes thus far (after also being out of the Bayern squad earlier this year), it remains to be seen whether the two will mend fences and the Portuguese star will return to the Etihad at some point in the future.