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A Japanese zoo has apologised for
naming a baby monkey Charlotte
after the newborn British princess
following complaints at home.
The Takasakiyama Natural
Zoological Garden said yesterday
it was considering renaming the
It was flooded with angry calls and
e-mails on Wednesday, hours after
announcing the name for its first
born monkey of the year, a tradition
at the city-run zoo in southern
Charlotte was the favourite in a
public ballot, receiving 59 out of
853 votes just over a month until
Wednesday, when the female monkey
Opponents largely said giving
the princess’ name to a monkey
is disrespectful to British royals.
According to zoo official Akira
Asano, some of them said that the
Japanese people would feel offended if
a monkey were named after Japanese
He said the zoo has also received
support for Charlotte, and the views
are now largely divided.
“ We deeply apologise for causing
trouble to many people over the
naming of the first baby (monkey),”
said a statement posted on the zoo
website. “ We take these opinions
Asano said he was not aware of any
complaints from British citizens.
Officials of the zoo and the city of
Oita were still discussing what to do
with the monkey’s name.
— New Zealand Herald
Baby monkey Charlotte may be renamed
A Japanese zoo said it is rethinking the name of a baby monkey after a
public poll decided on Charlotte, following complaints it was disrespectful
to Britain’s newborn princess.
A dog owner was horrified to find her
beloved chihuahua was pecked to death
by a gang of angry seagulls.
Nikki Wayne, 57, had previously
spotted the birds diving for five-
month-old Bella and never let her pet
play unsuper vised outside her home in
But the tiny dog managed to sneak
out when the mother-of-five was in
the shower after she left the back door
The seagulls then swooped on Bella
and killed her before she could make it
back inside the house.
Ms Wayne, who moved to Devon from
Canada a year ago, described Bella as a
“really playful puppy ” who would always
want to roam around the garden.
She said she first noticed the seagulls
perched on the roof, peering into the
garden at the tiny dog and decided to
“ I called my vets and they said I should
make sure I go out with her every
moment she went outside in my back
yard,” she said.
In an effort to protect her pet, Ms
Wayne would accompany her outside,
and was surprised by the brazen nature
of the gulls.
She said: “I got really worried about it.
They started to swoop down to my face
level, brushing me.”
After that Bella was not allowed
outside without an escort and the door
was kept shut but a fortnight ago she
made the fateful mistake of leaving it
slightly ajar and the dog managed to
nudge it open.
Ms Wayne says she will never forget the
incident, and has now issued warnings
to other residents to remain vigilant to
prevent another attack.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “ This
sound like an extremely upsetting
incident and our thoughts are, of course,
with the dog’s owner.
“ Incidents like this are extremely
uncommon though, and we do not want
dog owners to panic. ” — AP
Chihuahua pecked to
death by seagulls
The exit poll for Britain’s general
election has put the Conser vatives
ahead on 316 seats, with Labour
on 239 seats, the Liberal
Democrats on 10, the SNP on
58 and UKIP on two as counting
begins across the country.
If borne out by results, it would
leave the Tories 10 seats short of
an overall majority but ahead of
its result in 2010 — and stand far
apart from all pre-election surveys.
Labour would be down 19
seats on their result last time as
the SNP were forecast to make
sweeping gains of all but one
If the results prove correct it
would be a huge blow for all of
the established pollsters, none of
whom forecast a result close to
that indicated by the exit poll.
You Gov chairman Peter Kellner
said “everyone is puzzled ” by the
“There are four possibilities,” he
told the BBC.
“The first is that the exit poll is
right and all the polls that came
out in the last 24 hours, all 11
showed Conservatives and Labour
neck and neck.
“The second possibility is the exit
poll is wrong, the eve of poll polls
“Third possibility is something
happened today. We interviewed
6000 people today and found
no sign of any movement in any
direction, so I think we can rule
out an on the day shift.
“The fourth possibility is it is
somewhere in the middle, the
Tories have done a bit better than
the eve of poll polls, and Labour
did less well.”
In a separate sur vey released
after the polls closed, You Gov
published results closer to those
on offer before polling day.
Based on inter views with 6000
people after they voted, it found
the Tories and Labour tied on
34%, with UKIP on 12%, Lib
Dems 10% and the SNP and Plaid
Cymru both on 5%.
Kellner told The Sun, who
commissioned the poll, the
numbers from the final You Gov
poll endorsed his earlier prediction
of 284 MPs for David Cameron,
with Ed Miliband on 263, Nick
Clegg’s Lib Dems 31, the SNP
48, UKIP two, Plaid Cymru three,
and the Greens on one. — PA
Tories to lead
with 316 seats
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron arrives with his wife Samantha to vote in Spelsbury, central
Scottish nationalists are headed for
sweeping gains in Britain’s general
election, with an exit poll indicating
a surge in support that could increase
pressure for a new independence
“ My message is that we’ll stand up for
Scotland,” Nicola Sturgeon, leader of
the Scottish National Party (SNP), told
supporters after casting her ballot in a
“ We will look to make alliances
with people across the UK to make
Westminster politics better,” she added
as the count got under way in the
city’s Emirates Arena — a giant sports
An exit poll after the last ballots
were cast indicated her party was on
track to win 58 out of the 59 Scottish
constituencies in the House of
Commons — up from the SNP’s current
tally of just six seats.
The result would be a stunning reversal
from eight months ago when the SNP
lost an independence referendum in
which 55% of Scots voted against
breaking off from the rest of the United
The SNP has also said it would be
prepared to work with a minority
government led by the main opposition
Labour party, potentially handing it
The referendum has paradoxically had
the effect of invigorating the nationalist
campaign, which has accused Prime
Minister David Cameron’s government
of breaking promises on granting
Scotland more autonomy.
“The SNP has done almost a complete
wipeout,” Patrick D unleavy said, a
professor of political science at the
London School of Economics.
Sturgeon urged caution over the exit
polls, however, tweeting: “I ’d treat the
exit poll with huge caution. I’m hoping
for a good night but I think 58 seats is
“ Whatever the results, I’m very proud
of our campaign,” she wrote. — AFP
set for historic win
Reality tv star
Kardashian has copped abuse
from anti-fur campaigners,
who called her “the most
digusting human being on the
Video footage shows a man
and a woman approaching the
table in New York City where
Kardashian was signing copies
of her new book of selfies.
After unfolding protest
posters, the man yells, “I just want to
say you’re the most disgusting human
being on the planet. Shame on you for
supporting the fur industry!”
Kardashian tries to ignore
the comments as the pair, and
two other nearby campaigners,
are escorted away by security
and continue yelling, “Shame
on you!” as they leave.
More footage taken at the
same event shows one man
saying to Kardashian at the
table, “It ’s wrong to wear fur,
you need to stop wearing fur.
It ’s horrible. You’re a terrible
person,” and another says,
“Can you make (the autograph) out to
all the animals that have been tortured
and killed for you to wear a fur coat?”
Kim Kardashian called
‘a disgusting human’
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