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Exploring

Preschool wildlife series. Andy Day looks at how young animals explore. Leopard cubs visit the river bank with mum, and tiny goby fish swim up a waterfall.


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# Andy's Baby Animals Andy's Baby Animals

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# If you're a polar bear And you're going somewhere

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# Or an elephant calf Then you'd better take care

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# If you're a capuchin Learning how to eat

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# An ostrich chick Trying to beat a retreat

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# Andy's Baby Animals Andy's Baby Animals

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# If you're a black bear Looking for a tree to climb

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# Or a penguin Chasing Mum at breakfast time

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# An orang-utan Trying to make a bed

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# Or a meerkat Struggling with a sleepy head

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# Andy's Baby Animals Andy's Baby Animals

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# Growing stronger every day

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# Watch and try and laugh and play

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# Andy's Baby Animals! #

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Hello. I'm Andy.

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And these are baby ferrets, or pups.

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This is Max and Marley.

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And they are little wrigglers!

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They love exploring.

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Now, in the wild, ferrets live in burrows.

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So it's really handy for them to learn how to explore as pups.

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Let's catch up with some other young explorers.

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First stop, Antarctica.

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This super streamlined swimmer is a Weddell seal,

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and she's exploring an icy underwater world.

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And if you think it looks cold down here...

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Well, it's not much warmer up on top!

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ANDY SHIVERS

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Seals love the water.

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But they're mammals,

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which means they have to come up to breathe air.

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Here she comes...

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Pop!

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Her pup has been waiting for her on the ice.

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GROANING

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He's only a few days old,

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so he hasn't been exploring with Mum yet.

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Oh, I think he's pleased to see her, though.

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The Antarctic sea ice where these seals live

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is one of the coldest places on earth.

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Seals don't mind the cold, though.

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They've got waterproof fur,

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and a thick layer of fat to keep them warm.

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And if it gets really cold,

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well, you can always use Mum as a windshield.

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Oooh.

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There's even warm milk on tap, too.

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Perfect.

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But this pup can't stay on the ice for ever.

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It's time to go exploring.

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ANDY SHIVERS

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SEAL GROANS It's cold when you first get in!

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Mum makes sure there's a nice big hole in the ice

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by scraping the ice with her teeth.

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MUM GROANS

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ANDY SHIVERS

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That must be cold on the mouth!

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She needs to do this every day so they don't get stuck on the ice.

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Oh, it looks like hard work!

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Now it's time for the little pup's first-ever swim.

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It's a bit scary.

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He's going to need to be really brave.

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Come on.

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That's it.

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Things look very different down here.

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Ooh! I think he wants to get back out.

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Come on, little guy.

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You can do it!

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Here he comes.

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Aww, he's done it!

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This is just the first of many diving trips

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this little seal pup will make with his mum

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whilst he's learning to catch fish.

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But for now,

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he can just enjoy exploring this beautiful underwater world.

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# Andy's Baby Animals!

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# Andy's Baby Animals! #

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Next destination is Kenya,

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in Africa.

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For young animals,

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going exploring can often be a bit challenging...

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..as these two little leopard cubs are about to find out.

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They're only ten weeks old,

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and already they think they're the best explorers around.

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But...

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they haven't even left the safety of their riverside den yet.

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They've got the perfect outfits for exploring, though.

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That spotted coat helps them to hide in the long grass.

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One day, they'll use it to sneak up on prey.

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But while they're still little,

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it keeps them hidden from scary lions...

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LION ROARS

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..and sneaky crocodiles.

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OK, boys, it's time to get your first taste of real exploring.

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Mum's going to take you away from the river bank

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for the very first time.

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Stick together, now.

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Oh, and don't forget to watch out for that sneaky crocodile.

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Mum's leading the way.

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Quick hop up the river bank...

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Right, now it's your turn.

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Ooh...

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Well done.

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What about your brother?

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Oh, dear.

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MUM GROWLS

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Come on, you can do it.

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Maybe exploring isn't quite as easy after all.

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The slope is over five times his height.

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That's like you or me trying to jump to the top of a house.

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Oh.

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Good idea.

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Use those vines to cling onto.

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And...

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he's up!

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Brilliant!

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Time for a quick victory hug.

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Now you can call yourself a proper explorer.

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# Andy's Baby Animals! #

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Over in Hawaii...

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..when it comes to exploring, some baby animals aim really high.

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This minute fish is a goby fish,

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who's got an enormous challenge ahead.

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It's got to get to this pool,

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which is full of food.

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But it's got to come all the way up...

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from down there.

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I hope it's not scared of heights.

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It looks like Mission: Impossible.

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But this young explorer is a bit of an expert

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when it comes to rock climbing.

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Special suckers in its mouth and on its belly

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help it to stick to super slippery wet rock.

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Pretty clever, eh?

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This goby can climb waterfalls 100m high.

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That's like you climbing the highest mountain in the world...

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three times...

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in the pouring rain!

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Luckily, though,

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our little fish doesn't have to take on this tall task all alone.

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All these friends are coming too.

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Whatever you do,

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don't look down, you lot!

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This is epic exploring.

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Some go off-course.

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Some have a rest.

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Some just fall off...

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and have to start all over again.

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But our little goby is almost there.

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Go, goby, go!

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Done it!

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This little explorer is on top of the world.

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Leopard cubs, seal pups and gobies all learn to explore.

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As for Max and Marley here,

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they just can't stop exploring, can you?

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Where've you gone?

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Marley?

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See you next time.

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Marley!

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Andy Day knows young animals make great explorers. In Antarctica, a seal pup takes its first journey under the ice. Leopard cubs must climb as they explore the river bank with mum. A tiny goby fish faces a huge obstacle - getting up a waterfall!