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Heartwarming photo shows the elephants at Blackpool Zoo all together for the first time

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A heartwarming picture of a herd of elephants at Blackpool Zoo being together after years alone has been shared on social media.  

We’re all after some good news these days, and what better than a happy story about a herd of elephants at Blackpool Zoo!?

Project Elephant is Blackpool Zoo’s commitment to elephants focusing on a multi-faceted approach to improving the zoo’s captive population of elephants. 

Late last year, Blackpool Zoo welcomed its first male elephant in its 47-year history, Emmett.

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Kate, Blackpool Zoo’s oldest animal, had long been the only elephant at Blackpool Zoo, living in an old aerodrome hangar.  

The zoo received around £5m investment into a new state of the art living quarters that opened to the public in March 2018. 

Since then, a herd from Twycross moved in; Tara, Minbu, Noorjahan and Esha the youngest. The original elephant, Kate, had been kept separate from many of the newer elephants until now. 

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Posting on social media, a zoo spokesman said: “The team at Project Elephant have been continuing their work to integrate the herd and if you’ve been following their story for a while, you’ll know that this is a very special photograph indeed.

“This isn’t just any photograph. This is all 6 of our elephants enjoying a sunny afternoon on the grass paddock. Together.”

In response, Kerrie Tanner Heath said it was ‘lovely to see them all together’.

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Wetherspoons chef who shared footage of what the kitchens are really like has been suspended

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This month, a TikTok star went viral after revealing what Wetherspoons kitchens are really like – but he’s now been suspended. 

The chef, known as J Salsa, posted videos on TikTok showing how Wetherspoons dishes are made, including a Full English, Chicken Korma and Chicken Wraps.

Some items were cooked from fresh such as fried eggs, but others were quite reliant on microwaves, leaving some TikTok users genuinely surprised.

In J Salsa’s latest video, captioned ‘I’m sorry Tim Martin’, he explains he has now been suspended for posting the videos, adding that his actions had been a ‘mistake. 

He explained that when the company’s head office found out, they contacted the pub where he works.

He said: “My manager has had a meeting with me today about the whole thing, the whole situation. They were really calm about it, to be honest.

“They understood and I explained my point of view – it was a mistake.”

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He continued: “I didn’t mean to cause no harm to the company. Long story short, I’m suspended until my disciplinary meeting where I will find out if I get fired or not.

“So no more Wetherspoon’s videos for now.”

But J Salsa is committed to the cause and told fans to expect plenty more content, adding: “I still got more though. I’ve got steaks for you, I’ve got burgers for you, but for now I can’t post them until I hear the decision.”

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How to tell when your phone is listening to you or watching you

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Have you ever wondered whether your phone is listening in to you, or even watching you?

Well, Apple’s latest update for the iPhone means you won’t have to wonder anymore, you’ll actually be able to know for sure if it is.

Apple has added a ‘warning dot’ that will alert you if your microphone or camera is activated, meaning that if an app is recording you, you’ll know.

The change to iPhones comes with the new iOS 14 update, and as part of it an orange dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen when your microphone or camera is activated.

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You can then head to your Control Centre to find out which app is using the microphone.

If you suspect something’s not right, you can check the app’s permissions in Settings and deny it access to your microphone or camera, or even delete it.

Apple said: “Privacy is a fundamental human right and at the core of everything we do. That’s why with iOS 14, we’re giving you more control over the data you share and more transparency into how it’s used.

“An indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. And in Control Center, you can see if an app has used them recently.”



There’s been rumours that apps like Facebook have been listening in to us for years, with many users saying they’ve spoken about something, only for ads for that product to appear soon after – even though they’ve never searched for it on their phone.

Facebook has denied that it uses the phone’s microphone to snoop on its users.

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Man spotted using massive snake ‘as face mask’ on bus into Manchester

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A man was spotted on a bus yesterday using an actual real-life snake ‘as his face covering’. 

Yep, 2020 just keeps getting weirder. 

The man, getting on the Swinton to Manchester service yesterday at Salford Precinct, gave other passengers a bit of a fright when they realised just what his ‘face mask’ actually was. 

Passengers then watched as he removed the snake from around his face, and it slithered itself around the handrails. 

Alison Jones shared the bizarre journey on the Swinton People Facebook group, including attaching pictures of the man with the snake around his face. 

Speaking to the MEN, an eye-witness described the situation as ‘definitely entertaining’.

They added: “He had it wrapped around his face like a mask getting on the bus. At first I thought he had a really funky mask on, then he let it crawl around the hand rails.

“No one was really bothered on the bus but a man behind took a video. It was definitely entertaining.”

Not sure how successful a snake would be at stopping the spread of coronavirus – but at least he tried! 

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