Floods: How is UK wildlife being affected?

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Flooding has caused big problems for lots of people across the UK, but it's also caused issues for many animals too.

Animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, has been working hard to help wildlife affected by the recent storms and floods.

Rescuers dealt with hundreds of emergency calls during Storm Dennis, responding to horses, sheep and other animals trapped or stranded in the extreme weather.

After Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis caused further chaos across the country - and hundreds of flood alerts and warnings have been in place across the country - as well as a number of weather warnings.

The animal welfare charity's specialist water rescue team and its frontline officers have been working hard to reach and rescue as many animals as possible.

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Officers from the animal protection charity came to the rescue of this horse
Pony rescued from flooded field

An RSPCA team were called to a flooded field in Surrey to rescue a pony struggling to stay on dry ground.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Carl Hone said: "When we arrived we waded across the water, which was extremely deep in places, and could see that she'd been there for some time as she'd eaten the bark off all of the trees in the vicinity.

"We managed to carry some hay over for her and she devoured it. She was clearly hungry."

Officers waded through the deep water and managed to guide the pony to safe ground.

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They kept Jemima safe and dry with an old sleeping bag

The pony is now safe and has been called Jemima Puddle Duck after the famous Beatrix Potter character.

Currently the owners of Jemima have not been located, but if no one comes forward she will be given a new home.

In Wales, which is one of the worst affected areas, the RSPCA water rescue team were called to a flock of 40 sheep in a flooded field.

Luckily, water levels has begun to drop, and rain had stopped so the farmer managed to rescue the animals himself using a tractor.

The charity has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to help with rescue efforts.

RSPCA inspector, Jason Finch, said: "We've been incredibly busy and our amazing staff have been working round-the-clock to help as many animals as possible."

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4,000 black-tailed godwits have been spotted near Dorset in the south-west of England
Godwits safe in a lagoon

Some animals have managed to adapt to the flooding though, with 4,000 rare birds spotted off the coast of Dorset in the south-west of England.

The black-tailed godwits found a lagoon that gives protection from the floods and also has plenty of food available to eat.

Black-tailed godwit numbers have declined over time, so wildlife experts say it's really positive to see so many of the birds together.

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