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Adorable footage shows the heartwarming moment some thirsty rescue piglets tried to nurse from a fellow rescue cat.

Adrienne Jacobs, 32, runs the Wild Things Sanctuary in Union Point, Georgia and she had recently rescued a litter of piglets from a breeder and realized they had been taken off nursing too quickly.

The piglets soon befriended a fellow rescue, a cat named Mac, and quickly became close and started taking naps together.

Then one day the piglets started trying to nurse from the four-month-old cat, and to Adrienne’s surprise, Mac let them. 

Adrienne Jacobs, 32, who runs the Wild Things Sanctuary in Union Point, Georgia, has shared adorable footage of the moment some thirsty rescue piglets tried to nurse from a fellow rescue cat, Mac. Pictured, together

Adrienne Jacobs, 32, who runs the Wild Things Sanctuary in Union Point, Georgia, has shared adorable footage of the moment some thirsty rescue piglets tried to nurse from a fellow rescue cat, Mac. Pictured, together

Adrienne rescued litter of piglets from a breeder and realized they had been taken off nursing too quickly

Piglets soon befriended fellow rescue, Mac

Adrienne rescued a litter of piglets from a breeder and realized they had been taken off nursing too quickly – but it wasn’t long before they befriended a fellow rescue cat, Mac (pictured, left and right)

Adrienne said: ‘Mac loves them, he begs them to cuddle up with him.’ 

In the sweet clip, the trio of piglets can be seen laying beside a rather relaxed-looking Mac – who is laying down with his head nuzzled towards them.  

Following their nap together, another shot shows one piglet affectionately nibbling Mac’s ear, before the protective cats puts his arm around its body. 

Then, Adrienne jumps to footage from day four, and explains: ‘For anyone wondering if the cat enjoys it – can you hear him purring?’ 

In the adorable clip, the piglets can be seen affectionately nibbling Mac's ear and nuzzling up to her (pictured)

In the adorable clip, the piglets can be seen affectionately nibbling Mac’s ear and nuzzling up to her (pictured) 

Eventually, the piglets (pictured, with Mac) started trying to nurse from the four-month-old cat, and he let them

Eventually, the piglets (pictured, with Mac) started trying to nurse from the four-month-old cat, and he let them

She continues: ‘These are his best friends.’

‘People keep asking, what’s going to happen to this cuddle pile once the piglets turn into big pigs – and this is your answer.

Nothing changes!’

At the end of the footage, the grown-up looking pigs can still be seen napping with Mac – just like when they were rescued and first introduced to their furry friend. 

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Nicola Sturgeon today admitted she cannot rule out imposing nationwide coronavirus restrictions on Scotland ‘in the next few weeks’ as she unveiled her new five-tier plan for local lockdowns. 

The First Minister this afternoon revealed which parts of Scotland will be in which tier when her new rules come into force from Monday. 

She urged people to ‘dig in and stick with it’ but she conceded rising infection rates could ultimately force her to ditch her regional approach in favour of a blanket national crackdown.

Ms Sturgeon’s tier system goes from a rating of zero which broadly equates to normal life, all the way up to Level Four where people would be subject to the kind of lockdown restrictions imposed across the UK at the end of March. 

The majority of local authority areas will start in Level Three which means people who live there will be prohibited from socialising indoors or outdoors with anybody they do not live with. 

Nicola Sturgeon today unveiled her new five-tier plan for local lockdowns as she said which parts of Scotland will be subject to which restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon today unveiled her new five-tier plan for local lockdowns as she said which parts of Scotland will be subject to which restrictions

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Nicola Sturgeon’s five-tier lockdown system: Which areas are in which tier?

Level Zero: No areas.  

Level One: Highland, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland. 

Level Two: Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Fife, Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Argyll & Bute, Perth & Kinross, Angus. 

Level Three: Inverclyde East, Dunbartonshire West, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, City of Glasgow, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian, East Lothian, Dundee, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire.

Level Four: No areas.

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Ms Sturgeon said: ‘We are, as of now, making progress in Scotland. But cases are still rising and the situation we face is fragile. And across Europe the pandemic is accelerating.

‘So I cannot rule out a move back to nationwide restrictions in the next few weeks, including at Level Four.

‘That could happen if, for example, cases in parts of the county start to rise faster again, to the extent that controlling spread with travel restrictions will not be effective.’

The new tiered restrictions will come into force from 6am on Monday and Ms Sturgeon told MSPs in Holyrood that decisions to change the levels of each local authority area, depending on increases and decreases in infections, will be put before the Scottish Parliament on Tuesdays. 

Any changes would then come into force from the following Friday.  

The decisions will be reviewed each week and the next review will take place on November 10, with any changes coming into force on November 13.

Ms Sturgeon said that no local authority areas will be placed in the Zero level to begin with. 

More isolated parts of the country like the Highlands, Moray, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland will be placed in the second lowest level of restrictions. 

Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Fife, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross and Angus will be in placed into Level Two. 

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said there was a ‘finely balanced’ decision made to put the Borders and Argyll and Bute in Level Two rather than Level One, which she said was due to their proximity to areas where the level of coronavirus was higher.

Ms Sturgeon said: ‘In both cases one of the key factors in reaching our decision was the interconnection with neighbouring areas – particularly with health services in Lothian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

‘We have also considered the impact of travel from nearby areas with higher prevalence of Covid-19.

‘As a result we have decided to take a cautious approach by applying Level 2 to both areas. We will, however, consider this decision very carefully at the next review point.’

The Scottish central belt which includes Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as Dundee, Inverclyde and Ayrshire, will all start in Level Three. 

North and South Lanarkshire were being considered for Level Four earlier this week, according to a letter from the Scottish Government to local authority body Cosla, however the decision was made to put the council areas into Level Three.

The First Minister said: ‘There is evidence in recent days that the situation is stabilising. That is undoubtedly down to the compliance and sacrifices of local people.

‘And the local councils, NHS Lanarkshire and the police believe they have strong partnership plans in place to maintain that progress under current restrictions.

‘For these reasons – and given the severity of Level Four restrictions – we have decided that North and South Lanarkshire should remain in Level Three at present.

‘However, I want to be very clear that this has been a borderline decision and it is one that we require to keep under review – not just weekly, but on a daily basis.’

Ms Sturgeon urged people to stick to new travel restrictions which will come into force from Monday. 

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Under the new five-tier system of restrictions, local authority areas in Level Three or Four are asked not to travel outside their local authority area.

Those in lower level areas have also been asked not to travel into council areas which are subject to higher restrictions.

The First Minister said: ‘I know travel restrictions are unwelcome and can be controversial, but they are an absolutely essential part of any regional approach to tackling Covid.

‘They are – unfortunately – a price we must pay for more targeted restrictions.

‘If people don’t abide by the travel advice, the virus will spread from high to lower prevalence areas, and a differentiated approach will become unsustainable.

‘In these circumstances, we would have to return to national restrictions.’

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Father of girl who died in Rhodes parasailing tragedy says nephew who survived is fighting for life

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The father of the girl who died in a parasailing accident in Rhodes says his nephew is fighting for his life in hospital.

Tony Hayes said he has no idea if James Connelly, 15, will recover from the horror fall, which caused the death of his brother Michael, 13, and their cousin Jessica, 15.

A terrifying storm blew up off the coast of Rhodes causing the rope fastening the trio to a speedboat to snap. 

Jessica’s father Tony, from Kettering, said: ‘Right now we want to get ourselves home and lock ourselves in our home.

‘We have no idea if James is going to recover but we just want to get him home.’

Jessica Hayes, 15, died in Rhodes after a horrific parasailing accident, alongside her cousin Michael Connelly, 13

Jessica Hayes, 15, died in Rhodes after a horrific parasailing accident, alongside her cousin Michael Connelly, 13

Pictured from left to right in a photograph from 2012: Jessica Hayes, James and Michael Connelly

Pictured from left to right in a photograph from 2012: Jessica Hayes, James and Michael Connelly

Tony also revealed the man running the boat trip was aware of poor weather forecasts but decided to go a different route hoping to avoid it.

He said: ‘The guy in charge said that the weather was going to get worse later so it was better to go out on the boat early.

Jessica's father Tony paid tribute to his 'beautiful daughter' (pictured

Jessica’s father Tony paid tribute to his ‘beautiful daughter’ (pictured)

‘We waved them off and they should have stayed in our line of sight. We’ve been on the island for four days and watched other people on the boat and it was always in sight.

‘But because the weather was coming in he decided to go a different way. They went to a new location to avoid the poor weather coming in.

‘He went away from his normal direction to where it was brighter, but he went out of sight. I think there was about eight people on the boat in all.’

The family did not know the tragedy that had befallen their children for some time, with the boat captain not returning to the beach.

Tony said: ‘We found out something had gone wrong because the boat returned without the kids on it.

‘The guy who took them out wasn’t on the boat either when it returned. It was a tourist driving it back and he was crying, ‘Something bad has happened.’

‘But there was no one with walkie talkies who could get word from the scene of the accident and no one could tell us what had happened.

‘My wife spent three hours waiting on the beach for the kids to come back.

Sharon and Philip Connelly are pictured with their sons James (right) and Michael (centre left)

Sharon and Philip Connelly are pictured with their sons James (right) and Michael (centre left)

‘I had to take our youngest daughter Molly away from the situation because it was too much.

‘We didn’t find out the full truth until much later when we got to the hospital.’ 

Tony paid tribute to his ‘beautiful’ daughter as he criticised medics for their response to the tragedy.

They initially heard that James was in the worst condition, and Jessica and Michael had only suffered fractures.

He told The Sun: ‘They were dead at the hospital the whole time – and yet we were being strung along with false hope that they were all ok.

‘The way the nurse told us, after four hours, that they had died. There was no empathy. She almost shouted it. It was so stern.  

‘It was four hours until we were able to find out what happened. They put us through misery for four hours.’

Pictured: The rocks where the three young people were found in an area known as Gina in Rhodes, Greece today

Pictured: The rocks where the three young people were found in an area known as Gina in Rhodes, Greece today 

The police even came to collect the family’s passports during the four hours but refused to say what had happened.   

They later learned police were using the photos to identify the bodies, which Tony was heartbreakingly forced to confirm yesterday. 

Today, the first images emerged of the three children. Taken in 2012, one photo shows them huddled together and smiling in their school uniforms.  

A source close to the family said: ‘Jessica was really creative. That is what she loved, being creative. And she just loved people. She was the most loving person.

‘The two families always looked forward to going on holiday together. They work hard and it gives a release from reality.’ 

While in the air the trio veered onto a jagged outcrop just out of sight of sunbathers and are believed to have fallen from a height of 400ft. Due to the remote location of where the teenagers fell, it took rescue crews several hours to reach them. 

It is understood that James – who survived – fell onto the rocks, breaking both his legs and suffering injuries to his head and spine.  

Pictured: The boat hire business which took the three young people parasailing in Lardos Beach, Rhodes, Greece

Pictured: The boat hire business which took the three young people parasailing in Lardos Beach, Rhodes, Greece

James’s mother, Sharon Connelly, 47, fainted when she eventually saw the extensive damage to her son’s face in hospital, protothema reported. 

She then regained consciousness and is said to have cried out ‘Where are my other two children’, thinking that her niece Jessica and son Michael may have only been injured and brought to the hospital in another ambulance.   

Yesterday a staff member told how one of the mothers from the group came out to the beach where the teenagers had set off from after they failed to return.

He said: ‘She was asking the lifeguards, ‘Where are the kids? They should have been back by now.’ She had no idea what had taken place. No one did. 

James McLean holds up a painting of his grandson Michael (right), alongside his brother James (left)

James McLean holds up a painting of his grandson Michael (right), alongside his brother James (left)

Michael and James Connelly are pictured in a photograph from 2014. James - who survived the tragedy - is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Rhodes

Michael and James Connelly are pictured in a photograph from 2014. James – who survived the tragedy – is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Rhodes 

‘The company that took the kids out have been operating here for about fifteen years.

‘Nothing like this has happened before.

‘The first we realised was when the coastguard came and took the boss away.

‘Two boats were taken too, presumably for forensic examination.’  

The accident happened between 12pm and 1pm yesterday afternoon.  

Norwegian couple Heir Hereid and Ine Sandal, in their 50s, witnessed the tragedy unfold from their holiday home.

The pair spoke as they laid flowers at the death spot, telling how the boat desperately tried to catch up with the parasailing trio after the line snapped.

The teenagers, two aged 15, and another, aged 13, were holidaying in Rhodes, Greece , when the incident occurred causing them to fall from an 'extreme' height

The teenagers, two aged 15, and another, aged 13, were holidaying in Rhodes, Greece , when the incident occurred causing them to fall from an ‘extreme’ height

Pictured: Eye witnesses Heir Hereid and Ine Sandal by the rocks where the three young people were found in Rhodes, Greece today

Pictured: Eye witnesses Heir Hereid and Ine Sandal by the rocks where the three young people were found in Rhodes, Greece today 

Heir said: ‘I was looking out my window and I saw a parachute go flying by.

‘It was unattached to anything and I was thinking, ‘Is this some crazy person doing a stunt?’

‘Next thing I know a boat comes racing along about 200 metres (650ft) behind desperately trying to catch up with the parachute.

‘It was going full speed.

‘I saw the parachute collapse but from where I was I couldn’t tell if it had landed in the ocean or on the rocks.

‘Only later did I learn the truth from authorities. It’s heartbreaking.’

Ine said: ‘It’s a tragedy. We can’t believe it.’ 

Locals said the storm which claimed the children’s lives blew up without warning. 

Builder Manolis Markoulis, 60, said: ‘It happened in a split second, the sky turned black and a big wind blew up. 

‘There was a sandstorm on the beach and people ran for cover.

‘It’s a freak accident and the whole island can’t get over what happened.’

Yesterday workers for the parasailing company – which operates from a stretch of beach at the rear of the hotel – were being questioned by the island’s prosecutor.

It has emerged that the boat handler at the centre of the tragedy could face manslaughter charges for not ending the trip when the storm began.

A spokesperson for Greek coastguard said: ‘The coastguard was informed of the accident by a military watchtower and the water sports company. 

The two teenagers were found on the rocks near the city of Lindos in Rhodes, Greece

The two teenagers were found on the rocks near the city of Lindos in Rhodes, Greece

‘A coastguard vessel was sent to the scene immediately.

‘The ambulance service was informed.

‘They were found by coastguard in a secluded rocky area and they were pulled out by the 51-year-old parasailing boat handler with the help of the fire service.

‘The 15-year-old boy was taken to the General Hospital while the dead were taken to the morgue.

‘An investigation is underway. The boat handler has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.’ 

The parents of the dead children were taken to a local morgue to identify them.

It’s understood the family at the centre of the tragedy are from Corby, Northamptonshire.

Last night a Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said that responsibility for the case lies with the Greek authorities and the Foreign Office but that the Northamptonshire coroner will be informed.  

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Union boss Len McCluskey last night warned Sir Keir Starmer that the move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn would spark chaos within Labour and consign it to defeat at the next election.

Mr McCluskey, leader of Unite, led calls for Sir Keir reverse the decision, calling it a ‘gross injustice’ as Mr Corbyn’s closest allies rallied around him.

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell labelled Mr Corbyn’s suspension from the party ‘profoundly wrong’, while former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott retweeted a statement opposing his suspension.

Union boss Len McCluskey last night warned Sir Keir Starmer that the move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn would spark chaos within Labour and consign it to defeat at the next election

Union boss Len McCluskey last night warned Sir Keir Starmer that the move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn would spark chaos within Labour and consign it to defeat at the next election

But amid fury from Mr Corbyn’s supporters and allies, Mr McClusky urged members to stay in the party rather than leave in protest, and Mr McDonnell and Miss Abbott called for calm and for ‘party unity’.

That came amid speculation that Corbyn supporters on the front bench were considering resigning, and that his supporters in the party were tearing up their membership cards.

Mr McCluskey said: ‘This was a day for our party to move forward as one to defeat the evil of anti-Semitism. However, the decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn has threatened that opportunity.

Amid fury from Mr Corbyn’s supporters and allies, Mr McClusky urged members to stay in the party rather than leave in protest, and Mr McDonnell and Miss Abbott called for calm and for ‘party unity’. Mr Corbyn is pictured above during a BBC interview about his suspension

Amid fury from Mr Corbyn’s supporters and allies, Mr McClusky urged members to stay in the party rather than leave in protest, and Mr McDonnell and Miss Abbott called for calm and for ‘party unity’. Mr Corbyn is pictured above during a BBC interview about his suspension

‘The suspension appears to fly in the face of one of the important recommendations made by the Equality and Human Rights Commission – and which Keir himself said he would implement in full and immediately – which is to remove the leader’s office from party investigations.

‘But it is also an act of grave injustice which, if not reversed, will create chaos within the party and in doing so compromise Labour’s chances of a general election victory. A split party will be doomed to defeat.’

Mr McDonnell – the former leader’s greatest political ally – took to Twitter to say: ‘On the day we should all be moving forward & taking all steps to fight anti-Semitism, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn is profoundly wrong. In interests of party unity let’s find a way of undoing & resolving this.

‘I urge all party members to stay calm as that is the best way to support Jeremy and each other.’

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell labelled Mr Corbyn’s suspension from the party ‘profoundly wrong’, while former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott retweeted a statement opposing his suspension

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell labelled Mr Corbyn’s suspension from the party ‘profoundly wrong’, while former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott retweeted a statement opposing his suspension

Miss Abbott retweeted a statement by the Socialist Campaign Group of Left-wing MPs. It said it would ‘work tirelessly’ for Mr Corbyn’s reinstatement.

Former Labour MP Chris Williamson – himself suspended from the party following allegations of anti-Semitism – said: ‘It’s appalling that Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended by the Labour Party, but it should surprise no one.

‘Socialists in the Party must stop deluding themselves: this was always about destroying Jeremy and criminalising criticism of Israel.’

Former Labour general secretary Jennie Formby – who was in charge of dealing with anti-Semitism complaints in the leader’s office – admitted mistakes had been made and said she wished reforms could have been made more quickly.

The suspension also triggered a response from Momentum which campaigned on behalf of Mr Corbyn and MPs on the far Left of the party. 

‘It is a massive attack on the Left by the new leadership and should be immediately lifted in the interests of party unity,’ declared the group.

Some Labour members have said that they had resigned their membership in protest at the decision – though others said they had rejoined the party.

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