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Preschool series. Andy Day takes a look at black bears, giant otters and ibex as they learn climbing skills from a very young age.


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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 cub then you 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

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# 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

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# We're growing stronger every day

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# Watch and try and love 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, and this is Kai.

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Kai is a very strange lizard called a chameleon

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and he's a baby.

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Now, chameleons live up in the trees so they're very good

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at climbing, and this one's about to climb onto my hair!

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Where are you going?

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They have five toes that are grouped together, three on one side,

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and two on the other, and on each toe there's a sharp claw.

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They use those claws to grip onto the bark. Isn't that right, Kai?

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Isn't he great?

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There are some really cool climbers living in all sorts of places.

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First, let's go to North America.

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Black bears love trees and they love to rub their backs on them too. Ooh!

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There are plenty of trees to choose from in these forests and

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they're not just good for backrubs, they're great for climbing too!

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This black bear mum has two little cubs

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and they can't wait to start climbing.

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That's because many of the trees in the forest

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have yummy nuts and berries at the top.

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And bear cubs love tasty treats.

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So now it's time for some climbing lessons.

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The first thing to work out is which tree to climb.

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How about a small one?

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Oh! No, that's not right.

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CUB SQUEALS

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Whoops! Neither is that.

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Don't worry, there are plenty more trees to try.

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How about a big one?

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This tree is called a red pine.

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It looks perfect for climbing because it's got lots

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of branches sticking out.

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That bark's a bit flaky though!

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Better try somewhere else!

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What about these cubs?

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They're climbing a tree called a paper birch.

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Its bark is very smooth so that's no good either.

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Much too slippery.

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Oh, dear. Climbing isn't as easy as it looks.

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But once they find the right tree, there'll be no stopping these cubs!

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Their strong, curved claws are perfect for gripping

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and black bears are super strong so they make expert climbers.

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CUBS GROWL

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They don't always get it right, though.

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Don't worry, he's OK!

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And if all this climbing tires you out,

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you can always have a nap halfway up.

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# Andy's Baby Animals! #

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Next stop is Brazil!

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Lots of baby animals like to climb, but not always up trees.

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OTTERS SQUEAK

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This is a family of giant river otters.

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Mum and Dad have three pups and they love a good splash around!

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They even like a bit of climbing too... On Dad!

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They spend most of their time in the river eating fish

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for breakfast, lunch and supper.

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But sometimes even otters have to come out of the water

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and that means a spot of climbing.

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Otters have large, webbed feet which aren't very good

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for climbing up muddy banks!

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It's like trying to climb wearing flippers.

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Oh! He's given up!

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Mum makes it look easy, but she's been climbing for years.

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Her pups just need practice.

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It's a bit steep here though.

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Good idea! Best to start somewhere less slippery, I think.

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But what's Mum doing up there anyway?

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Well, she's marking her territory -

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telling other otters that this is her home and they should stay away.

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She can't put a sign up that says "private",

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so she does it by smell instead, using her wee.

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Eurgh! That would certainly keep me away!

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Careful, little pup! It's a bit pongy up there!

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OTTER CHIRPS

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Maybe you should leave climbing for another day.

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# Andy's Baby Animals

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# Andy's Baby Animals! #

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Now we're off to the Middle East.

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Some baby animals are just born to climb.

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These are a type of goat. They're called "ibex".

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This is Mum and she has two little babies

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just one week old called "kids".

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GOATS BAA

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They live right at the top of these cliffs in the deserts of Israel.

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It's a very long way down to the ground, isn't it?

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Phew!

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Pay attention, you two! It looks like Mum is taking you for a walk!

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But keeping up on this mountain stroll could be a little tricky...

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..because their mum is a bit of a daredevil.

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They're not bothered though.

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Climbing down a cliff this high would be

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a very scary thing for you or me to do,

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but for a baby ibex...

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..it's like a walk in the park.

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Even at only one week old,

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these two can already climb down the steepest of slopes.

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Ibex have short legs and strong bodies which makes them super

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springy and great at balancing.

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Just look at them go!

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When you're as good on your feet as an ibex, climbing is a lot of fun.

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They've made it! Well done, everyone!

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And now they can enjoy a nice drink and something to eat...

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..before they tackle the long climb back up.

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For bear cubs, otter cubs, kid ibex and even young chameleons

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like Kai here, it takes a lot of practice to learn how to climb.

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See you next time! Say goodbye, Kai! AS KAI: Goodbye!

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Children's favourite Andy Day looks at baby animals learning vital climbing skills.

Black bear - bears make excellent climbers, but that doesn't mean the young don't have to practice this vital skill needed for food, safety and somewhere to rest. They have to learn which are the right trees to climb. Their first attempts are on trees that are too small or too slippery but the third tree they choose is just right.

Giant river otter - giant otters must master the art of climbing up muddy river banks to mark their territory and maintain its boundaries. It's tougher than it first appears. They try to copy mum but can only get halfway. The adults have to help them back down.

Ibex - these mammals rely on the safety afforded by cliff faces. The young are born at the top of a cliff but there is no food up there. They must descend to the bottom where they can find water and plants to eat. Mum descends alone. The young are busy playing, but once they start to descend they realise it's a skill they are born with.