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Girl shows off her pet tiger while taking it out for a stroll in western Mexico

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This is the moment a young girl showed off her pet tiger and bragged about having a smaller one inside her home in Mexico.

A video recorded by a friend of the girl’s father shows the child holding on to the Bengal by a leash as she walked it down a dirt road in the Sinaloa municipality of Guasave.

The girl started walking back with the wild feline before the man pulled up in front of her house and asked the whereabouts of her dad, subsequently quipping,’let me see that damn dog?’

A girl in Sinaloa, Mexico, shows off her pet tiger outside her home in Sinaloa, Mexico

A girl in Sinaloa, Mexico, shows off her pet tiger outside her home in Sinaloa, Mexico

A girl in Sinaloa, Mexico, shows off her pet tiger outside her home in Sinaloa, Mexico

The child claimed that her pet tiger is one of two that her family has at their residence in the Sinaloa town of Guasave

The child claimed that her pet tiger is one of two that her family has at their residence in the Sinaloa town of Guasave

The child claimed that her pet tiger is one of two that her family has at their residence in the Sinaloa town of Guasave

The girl paced around with the cat and claimed that there was a smaller one inside her family home.  

‘Lets see,’ the man continued. ‘Does that dog eat?’ 

A girl in Mexico holds on to her pet bengal by the leash in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa

A girl in Mexico holds on to her pet bengal by the leash in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa

A girl in Mexico holds on to her pet bengal by the leash in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa

According to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, ‘the Bengal tiger [Panthera tigris] is an exotic species listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife and Fauna.’  

In May, authorities in the western state of Jalisco seized two Bengals from a home, including one that was recorded roaming down a street before it was caught by a man swirling a lasso.

The Bengal tigers were housed inside an enclosed area within a farm, but the owner did not have the proper permit to house them.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection says that 'the Bengal tiger [Panthera tigris] is an exotic species listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife and Fauna'

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection says that 'the Bengal tiger [Panthera tigris] is an exotic species listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife and Fauna'

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection says that ‘the Bengal tiger [Panthera tigris] is an exotic species listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife and Fauna’

A girl in Mexico was captured on video walking her pet tiger outside her home

A girl in Mexico was captured on video walking her pet tiger outside her home

A girl in Mexico was captured on video walking her pet tiger outside her home 

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Sir Geoffrey Boycott, 80, says BBC opted for ‘equality over quality’ for Test Match Special

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Sir Geoffrey Boycott has criticised the BBC for ‘sacrificing quality for equality’ and holding its presenters to a standard of ‘political correctness’ that means they are ‘frightened of saying anything’.

The 80-year-old cricketer left the BBC in June, where he worked as a commentator on Test Match Special for 14 years, with the BBC siting Boycott’s quadruple heart bypass as the reason for his retirement.

With his outspoken views taken off air, he was replaced by Isa Guha, a former England women’s cricketer, the recently retired Sir Alastair Cook and the England cricket team’s James Anderson.

Sir Geoffrey Boycott has criticised the BBC for 'sacrificing quality for equality'

Sir Geoffrey Boycott has criticised the BBC for 'sacrificing quality for equality'

Sir Geoffrey Boycott has criticised the BBC for ‘sacrificing quality for equality’

But now, after complaints from many listeners over the new line up, Sir Geoffrey shared his opinion on the broadcaster, telling The Daily Telegraph: ‘They have sacrificed quality for equality. It is now all about political correctness, about gender and race. When you work for them you are wary and frightened of saying anything.

‘It is a minefield out there and that is sad.’

He added his prediction that in the years to come the BBC may be thrust ‘out into the real world’ if a government refuses to continue funding the organisation.

He added: ‘It is not run particularly well.’

Following an interview with the BBC on the subject of his Knighthood in September last year, Sir Geoffrey said he felt ‘sand-bagged’ by Radio 4’s presenter Martha Kearney on the Today Programme. 

Isa Guha presenting the live BBC coverage before the 2nd Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford on August 30th, 2020

Isa Guha presenting the live BBC coverage before the 2nd Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford on August 30th, 2020

Isa Guha presenting the live BBC coverage before the 2nd Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford on August 30th, 2020

Kearney had brought up the topic of domestic abuse during the interview, Sir Geoffrey was convicted in France in 1998 of beating his girlfriend in a hotel. 

The incident, for which he was given a three-month suspended prison sentence, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay one franc in compensation after being accused of raining 20 punches on his then-girlfriend, divorcee Margaret Moore, has cast a long shadow over his career and reputation.  

Sir Geoffrey told The Daily Telegraph that he felt the interview had ‘spoilt’ what ‘should have been one of the nicest days of my life’ as he received the accolade.

He added: ‘You expect better from the BBC, don’t you? But it’s not the BBC it used to be.’   

England and Yorkshire batsman Geoffrey Boycott poses circa 1965

England and Yorkshire batsman Geoffrey Boycott poses circa 1965

England and Yorkshire batsman Geoffrey Boycott poses circa 1965

Asked about criticism from a Women’s Aid chief that his honour sent a ‘dangerous message’ about domestic abuse, 78-year-old Boycott responded: ‘I don’t give a toss about her, love. It’s 25 years ago, so you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it.

‘You want to talk to me about my knighthood, it’s very nice of you to have me, but I couldn’t give a toss.’

Following an interview with the BBC on the subject of his Knighthood in September last year, Sir Geoffrey said he felt 'sand-bagged'

Following an interview with the BBC on the subject of his Knighthood in September last year, Sir Geoffrey said he felt 'sand-bagged'

Following an interview with the BBC on the subject of his Knighthood in September last year, Sir Geoffrey said he felt ‘sand-bagged’

Claiming that he had been the victim of attempted blackmail, he said his experience of French courtrooms where ‘you’re guilty until you’re proved innocent — totally the opposite of England’ was one of the reasons he voted to leave the EU.

‘It is very difficult to prove you are innocent in another country, another language,’ he said, adding: ‘It’s a cross I have to bear, right or wrong, good or bad. I have to live with it, and I do because I am clear in my mind . . . it is not true.’

Exactly what happened in the £1,000- a-night hotel on the French Riviera on October 2, 1996, has been argued about ever since.

Two cases in France settled the matter in Mrs Moore’s favour and, as the retired sportsman said during the interview, he has had to live with the consequences.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2002 Sir Geoffrey said he still gets ‘mad and angry’ but now gets over issues quicker, The Telegraph reports.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are warned a black bear is prowling near their California mansion

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned a wild bear is prowling near their £11million California mansion.

Officials say the black bear has a den on Ranchos San Carlos near the Sussexes’ home, which was disturbed when it was recently sold.

The animal is believed to have been attracted to the area by Harry and Meghan’s wealthy neighbours’ chicken coops in Montecito, with security cameras having filmed the bear attacking the birds and raiding rubbish bins.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the bear is looking for food and poses a significant risk to life.   

The Duke and Duchess bought the sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Santa Barbara for £11million on June 18, making them neighbours with celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned a wild bear is prowling near their £11million California mansion

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned a wild bear is prowling near their £11million California mansion

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned a wild bear is prowling near their £11million California mansion 

Officials say the black bear has a den on Ranchos San Carlos near the Sussexes' mansion, which was disturbed when it was recently sold (file photo)

Officials say the black bear has a den on Ranchos San Carlos near the Sussexes' mansion, which was disturbed when it was recently sold (file photo)

Officials say the black bear has a den on Ranchos San Carlos near the Sussexes’ mansion, which was disturbed when it was recently sold (file photo)

Soon after moving into the California home in early July, the large black bear was reported yards from Oprah’s estate.

The animal, which can weigh up to 39st, now appears to be back, with California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Tim Daly suggesting the bear is being attracted by the chicken coops.

‘It’s not like they can’t afford fresh eggs but for some reason the folks there think they need a chicken coop,’ he told The Sun.

‘We started getting a cluster of calls about a bear in Montecito in July and we’ve had some further calls about it this week. We’re hoping it will make its own way out of the area.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's California home sits on 5.4 acres of land and immaculately clipped hedges border the estate's stone-pillared entry gates (pictured)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's California home sits on 5.4 acres of land and immaculately clipped hedges border the estate's stone-pillared entry gates (pictured)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s California home sits on 5.4 acres of land and immaculately clipped hedges border the estate’s stone-pillared entry gates (pictured) 

The animal is believed to have been attracted to the area by Harry and Meghan's hipster neighbours' chicken coops in Montecito, with security cameras having filmed the bear attacking chickens and raiding rubbish bins

The animal is believed to have been attracted to the area by Harry and Meghan's hipster neighbours' chicken coops in Montecito, with security cameras having filmed the bear attacking chickens and raiding rubbish bins

The animal is believed to have been attracted to the area by Harry and Meghan’s hipster neighbours’ chicken coops in Montecito, with security cameras having filmed the bear attacking chickens and raiding rubbish bins 

‘Bears are attracted to strong odours so we’re advising residents to seal their trash and clean their barbecues.

‘Bears shouldn’t be confronted and they want to see an escape route, too. Don’t make eye contact with them and don’t run.’

The Montecito Association, a local authority, wrote to residents including Ellen DeGeneres explaining that ‘new activity’ on Ranchos San Carlos could be ‘disturbing the bear and setting it off into the community’.

It added: ‘This could be a bad outcome for that bear, unfortunately, and is dangerous for neighbours.’ 

The eye-watering costs of running the Sussexes’ £11million US home 

The Sussexes took out a multi-million-pound mortgage to buy their spectacular home.

Sources say the couple are ‘proud’ to have bought the home without help from family.

Deeds show they took out a £7.25million mortgage to be paid back, plus interest, by 2050 – indicating they put down a deposit of around £3.8million.

Mortgage repayments will cost them some £30,000 a month and they will also have a yearly property tax of £220,000. 

This is on top of the cost of maintenance, cleaning, staff and security and utilities which could run into tens of thousands of pounds a month.

The couple are also paying back the £2.4million spent on renovating Frogmore Cottage in £18,000-a-month instalments.

It is not clear how the duke and duchess will pay for all of this. When they quit royal duties they made a point of stressing that they wanted to become financially independent

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SIMON WALTERS asks when WILL the BBC make a drama about a venal, lying Labour politician? 

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The following Tory politician may well sound familiar.

He is a shameless adulterer, has at least one illegitimate daughter, fell out with another, boasts he is a ‘character’, loves posing for ‘selfies’ with the public, says it is time to put Brexit ‘in the past’, and wants to depose a female Tory Prime Minister who despises him as much as he despises her.

There are no prizes for those who read the above and thought of Boris Johnson.

But every detail also applies to fictional Conservative politician Peter Laurence, played by Hugh Laurie in Roadkill, the BBC’s new blockbuster drama series.

Of course, it is possible that their extraordinary similarity is simply mere coincidence.

But given that the show’s author is veteran champagne socialist Sir David Hare and the film was broadcast by our left-leaning national broadcaster, I think not.

Hugh Laurie stars as Peter Laurence, a Conservative politician who is also a shameless adulterer who boasts he is a 'character' in the new BBC drama Roadkill in what Simon Walters describes as a 'thinly disguised anti-Boris hatchet job' as he says the BBC is now left-leaning

Hugh Laurie stars as Peter Laurence, a Conservative politician who is also a shameless adulterer who boasts he is a 'character' in the new BBC drama Roadkill in what Simon Walters describes as a 'thinly disguised anti-Boris hatchet job' as he says the BBC is now left-leaning

Hugh Laurie stars as Peter Laurence, a Conservative politician who is also a shameless adulterer who boasts he is a ‘character’ in the new BBC drama Roadkill in what Simon Walters describes as a ‘thinly disguised anti-Boris hatchet job’ as he says the BBC is now left-leaning

To give Sir David some credit, in a lame attempt to provide cover for his thinly disguised anti-Boris hatchet job, he has made Laurence more suburban than our Etonian leader. He’s also relegated his show’s lead character to the rank of a Cabinet minister, not Prime Minister.

And for good measure, he’s even thrown in the characteristics of two other notorious Right-wingers hated by the Left.

Take the opening scene of the drama’s first episode, where Laurence emerges from court having lied his way out of a libel dispute with a Leftie journalist.

Such a scene could be taken straight from the real-life scandal of ex-Tory Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, jailed in 1999 for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

And secondly, in place of Johnson’s plummy vowels, Laurence speaks with the spivvy blokeishness of Nigel Farage.

After watching just one episode, it’s eminently clear that Roadkill is in the mould of the greatest modern political TV drama of all, House of Cards, first broadcast in Britain in 1990.

Like Roadkill, it was based on actual events: The fictional villain in House of Cards, Tory chief whip Francis Urquhart, played by Ian Richardson, will stop at nothing to succeed Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, including murder.

However, unlike Laurence, for all his evil Urquhart – famous for his sinister ‘You might think that, but I couldn’t possibly comment’ catchphrase – was not based on any particular contemporary politician. In fact, the same goes for many of the small screen’s most illustrious political dramas.

In America’s much-lauded The West Wing, for example, even though the President is a Democrat, viewers aren’t repeatedly hit over the head with a political sledgehammer Hare-style.

Helen McCrory, pictured, is at her best playing PM Dawn Ellison in her Aquascutum powder blue suits, and is introduced scoffing with contempt at rich Tory donors after they cough up £200,000 for the Conservative coffers at a No 10 drinks reception in the BBC's Roadkill

Helen McCrory, pictured, is at her best playing PM Dawn Ellison in her Aquascutum powder blue suits, and is introduced scoffing with contempt at rich Tory donors after they cough up £200,000 for the Conservative coffers at a No 10 drinks reception in the BBC's Roadkill

Helen McCrory, pictured, is at her best playing PM Dawn Ellison in her Aquascutum powder blue suits, and is introduced scoffing with contempt at rich Tory donors after they cough up £200,000 for the Conservative coffers at a No 10 drinks reception in the BBC’s Roadkill

Instead, they are allowed to draw their own conclusions about him and his policies. Yet in Roadkill, it is spelled out loud and clear almost from the first frame that Johnson – sorry, Laurence – is an evil Conservative.

To remove any doubt that it is set in the here and now, Laurence says – during the kind of radio phone-in that Johnson revelled in as London mayor – ‘You have to forget about Brexit, it’s in the past now.’

It could have been taken straight out of Downing Street’s handbook for ministers: ‘Stop promising to “get Brexit done” – it’s been done already.’

And of course, no Hare drama about the Tories would be complete without a gratuitous dig at Thatcher, whom he once accused of ‘barbarism’.

Sure enough, Roadkill’s imperious Prime Minister Dawn Ellison, played by Helen McCrory, wears Aquascutum powder blue suits, and is introduced scoffing with contempt at rich Tory donors after they cough up £200,000 for the Conservative coffers at a No 10 drinks reception.

Episode 2 of Roadkill, starring Hugh Laurie (pictured) is available to stream on BBC iplayer

Episode 2 of Roadkill, starring Hugh Laurie (pictured) is available to stream on BBC iplayer

Episode 2 of Roadkill, starring Hugh Laurie (pictured) is available to stream on BBC iplayer

Predictably, the identity politics of today’s Left also make an appearance.

How else are we to explain the fact that more or less every white male character is portrayed as bad, while almost every ethnic minority one – from Laurence’s black barrister to his imprisoned illegitimate mixed-race daughter – are supposedly good?

Suffice to say that the plot of Roadkill is as unsubtle as the title: We are expected to believe that wily Laurence would agree to go to a female prison to suddenly meet someone claiming to be his illegitimate daughter; meanwhile the alcoholic Irish journalist on his case is determined to prove Laurence is involved in an Anglo-US plot to sell off – yes, you’ve guessed it – the NHS.

Shortly afterwards, when Laurence is told of a riot at the prison, he mutters he hopes there have been ‘deaths’, presumably his daughter among them. Could it be any more obvious that this Tory is supposed to be a baddie?

Judging from episode one – I have not seen the rest – I wouldn’t be surprised if Laurence is caught out in another business conspiracy, this time involving the jail where his illegitimate daughter is imprisoned.

Or perhaps Laurence’s sordid ‘Jack the Lad’ days in Notting Hill a few decades ago will be used to drag in the Windrush immigration scandal. I wouldn’t bet against it.

No doubt every type of anti-Boris and anti-Conservative trope will be trotted out by Hare before the four-part series reaches a predictably anti-Tory climax.

As the Tory MP Andrew Bridgen put it, ‘If they did the same for a Left-wing character it would probably be classed as a hate crime.’

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