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In the Scottish Press Today

Your news summary podcast with DEADLINE NEWS every week day

Latest Episode: July 29th, 2015

SNOW has been forecast for parts of Scotland tomorrow – as commuters spotted a gritter on the roads in East Scotland.

The Mountain Weather Information Service has forecast showers and hail for parts of the Southeastern Highlands, with the possibility of snow on the highest peaks.

The weather service also predicts that temperatures will drop as low as 3C, with a “slight frost” expected in areas around Loch Tay, Loch Rannoch and the southern Cairngorms.

Meanwhile drivers on the east coast A90 have spotted a gritter on the roads – as councils prepare for the onset of winter after summer appears to have passed Scotland by.

The forecasts come as figures show that some areas in Scotland have had more than double the average expected rainfall for July.

The gritter was spotted this morning

The gritter was spotted this morning

 

Perth has had 225% of the rainfall usually expected for the month.

And Dundee has endured a July 196% wetter than average, whilst Glasgow and Edinburgh have had 183% and 133% more rain than usual.

Temperatures have also been “autumnal”, with some weather services claiming that June was the on track to be the coldest summer month in 40 years.

Although it is unclear whether the gritter is spreading – commenters were quick to note that it was an early sighting of the council trucks.

The photographer who captured the image captioned it: “On the A90 this morning. Yes that’s a gritter and this is July.”

One wry online commenter said it was clearly on a “practice run for August” whilst another resigned Scot added: “Just a normal summer for us.”

Another, Steven Winter, added: “It won’t be gritting, it will be getting road testing done to make sure it is fully functional – I know as I drive them.

“The gritting rota runs for 9 months – yes 9 months – in Scotland! Only June, July and August are exempt because it summer. Then we only need mops and sponges.”

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Quiet News Day

Scotland's leading journalism, PR & social media podcast with hosts Scott Douglas & Shaun Milne every Wednesday

A PET llama living on the windswept north east coast of Scotland has been declared the oldest in Britain.

Paddy the llama, who was 25 this year, has lived happily in a muddy field in Cullen, Morayshire since 1989.

His owner Helen Bream bought him after seeing an advert in their local chip shop when he was just a few months old.

 

But they were astonished after officials confirmed this week he is the oldest living llama in the UK.

 

Paddy is considered 100 years old in llama terms, as there are 4 llama years to every 1 human year.

 

 

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He lives in a field at the couple’s pet shop and boarding kennel business with a white pony called Thelwell. The unlikely pals have been together for most of their lives.

Vivienne Ives, registrar of the British Llama Society, confirmed last night:  “He’s the oldest llama that I know  of. It’s a rarity for them to get to that age.  Llamas go into the elderly category at age 12 – I don’t know why one would be the exception, maybe it’s genetics. “

 

 

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Helen, 66, said: “We don’t do anything really. I just feed him and brush him. I honestly don’t know

why he’s lived so long.

 

“He’s part of the family – he’s the same age as my youngest son. He’s just always been with us.

 

He’s only seen a vet once, when he was castrated.”

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Despite Paddy’s advanced age, he  lives outdoors and endures the harsh Scottish weather all

year round.

 

He eats an unenviable diet of alfalfa, grass and spiky gorse bushes harvested from around his pen.  His owners say he is shy and only spits occasionally, when the pony steals his food.

 

Although he is missing several teeth and suffers from arthritis, Paddy is in perfect health and has only seen a vet once in his life.

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Paddy is the star attraction for customers at the pet shop, but is wary of adults and only allows children to pet him.

 

Mrs Bream said: “He’s quite shy and reserved really. He lets children pat him, but he backs away from adults.

 

“We won’t be throwing him a birthday party, but he likes eating spiky things so he will probably get a holly branch to celebrate.”

 

Specialist llama vet Janet Nuttall, of Heathfield Vets in Heathfield, Sussex, said: “There is no doubt that a few individuals have exceptional life spans but late teens or early 20s is the upper age limit often quoted. A llama of 25 years old is roughly equivalent to a centenarian in human terms.”

 

Despite his status, Paddy’s title as the UK’s oldest llama could yet be challenged  – only half of an estimated 3,200 llamas living in the UK are registered.

 

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