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An animal-loving philanthropist is keeping his spirits up in isolation by caring for his menagerie of rescued creatures.<br />
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Paul Shinar lives on a 180-acre property close to the Somerset border with his four miniature donkeys, eight alpacas, 15 chickens, two black swans, 15 peacocks, four sheep, three cats and some ducks.<br />
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Mr Shinar, 62, is asthmatic and had just been diagnosed with a brain tumour in January, so cannot even leave his home to go to the shops as he is considered high risk.<br />
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But luckily he has his extensive grounds, which include ten acres of formal gardens, a natural spring, woodland, five lakes and paddocks, to take his miniature donkeys for a walk in and says "there are worse places to be isolated".