Lunchtime Andy's Baby Animals


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Lunchtime

Preschool wildlife series. Andy Day explains about the favourite meals of young animals. For meerkats, a scorpion is a treat, while capuchin monkeys like shellfish.


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# 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

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

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# Andy's baby animals

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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 orangutan 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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# We're 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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Here we go, Sam. That's it!

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Hello, I'm Andy and this is Sam.

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Sam is a baby elephant or calf.

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Now, elephants like to eat a lot of food.

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In fact, they can eat twice my body weight, which is loads!

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In the wild, they'll eat leaves and plants and trees.

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I'm feeding Sam here some bananas.

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There we go, Sam.

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All over the world,

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wild baby animals are learning what to eat and how to eat it.

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First stop, the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.

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This meerkat pup is just two months old and she's about to have a very

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big day.

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She lives here in the desert with her family and friends in a big gang

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called a mob.

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They always make sure she has enough to eat,

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but now it's time to start catching her own food.

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A yummy meal for a meerkat is very different from the food you or I

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like to eat.

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First course - ants.

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Be careful, little meerkat!

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This dinner bites back.

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Ooh! Ow! Ooh! Ooh!

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Mm! Delicious! Oh!

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For a meerkat, that is.

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And if you thought that first course was strange,

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just look at what's for the main course -

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a scorpion!

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Our mini meerkat will have to watch out for nasty nipping claws and

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a painful stinging tail.

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It might seem a bit dangerous to you and me,

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but a scorpion's sting doesn't hurt too much if you're a meerkat.

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Don't think the scorpion is very keen on being dinner, though.

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Oh!

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Yikes!

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Argh! Ha!

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Catching your own dinner isn't so easy after all.

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At least, when you live in a big gang,

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there's always someone close by to help keep an eye on you and

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make sure you're doing it right.

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There, she's done it.

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Well done, you!

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Well done!

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Catching your own dinner is a big step on your journey to becoming

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a grown-up meerkat.

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Maybe next time you can show these pups how to catch a scorpion.

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# Andy's baby animals Andy's baby animals. #

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Now we're off to Finland.

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Learning what's nice to eat and what's not is very important

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for any baby animal.

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And it's usually up to Mum to show her offspring The Good Food Guide,

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like this Asiatic raccoon dog mum.

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She's getting her family ready for a freezing Finnish winter.

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Brr!

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She's got a very big family waiting back at her den.

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There's one, two, three...

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Keep still! I'm counting.

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One, two...

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Oh! I give up.

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It's definitely a lot of mouths for one mum to feed, though.

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And the pups are going to need plenty of food before it gets cold,

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because raccoon dogs sleep for the entire winter.

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Sounds good to me! They're not being lazy, though.

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It's called hibernation and it's a great way to hide from the chilly

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winter weather. But you have to eat lots of food before you can stay in

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bed for that long, so Mum's been giving them lots of milk.

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You don't need to push! There's plenty for everyone.

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And now it's time for Mum to go and find some new food whilst Dad

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takes care of the pups.

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It's not long before Mum's back with the first foodie feast.

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Looks like it's eggs for breakfast, everyone!

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Her pups have never seen an egg before.

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It's not a football, lads! You're meant to eat it, not roll it.

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Oh, there we go. It looks like he's worked it out.

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Well done.

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And here comes Mum again, this time with a meaty morsel.

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Mum's doing a good job of teaching the pups what to eat.

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Some of them have even started looking for food on their own.

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That pine cone looks a bit chewy, though.

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Maybe you should let Mum pick the lunch menu for now.

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# Andy's baby animals Andy's baby animals. #

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Our last stop is Costa Rica.

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Sometimes, you need a bit of brainpower to get the meal

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you really want.

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Take these white-faced capuchin monkeys.

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They've got a taste for seafood.

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They see food and they eat it.

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Ha!

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No, I mean real seafood.

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So when the tide goes out,

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they head down to the beach to seek out some scrummy shellfish.

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Fresh clams are a favourite

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and there's plenty around.

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But the clams are protected inside two very hard shells.

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And they don't answer the door when a monkey comes calling.

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So it's up to the clever capuchins to pick the lock.

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First, a spot of hammering.

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Then a bit of rolling.

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Hammer...

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..then roll.

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Pay attention, youngsters! It'll be your turn soon.

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After all that hammering and rolling,

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the clam can't cling on any more and it starts to open up.

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Let the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet begin!

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Tasty!

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Now it's time for the baby monkeys to have a go.

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Now, remember, it's hammer...

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..then roll.

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That's right. You're getting it.

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But just make sure that you don't drop it.

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Never mind. It looks like your sister's got the hang of it.

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Maybe she'll let you share.

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Oh! Or maybe not.

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Raccoon dog pups, baby capuchins and young meerkats

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all have different ways of learning to eat.

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It's one of many lessons all baby animals need.

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That's it, Sam. See you next time.

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Andy Day knows young animals all have favourite meals. For meerkats, a scorpion is a tasty desert treat. In Finland, raccoon dog pups stock up before winter arrives. Young capuchin monkeys learn how to hammer and roll shellfish to get them open.