Gastornis and Egg Andy's Prehistoric Adventures


Gastornis and Egg

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# I'm Andy and I work here at the National Museum

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# We've got dinosaurs and Ice Age beasts

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# You should see them

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# Jenny's my assistant Mrs Pickles runs the show

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# Come on my adventures

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# Ready, steady, go... One, two, three, four!

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Hey, join the crew!

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# Travel back in time and discover something new

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# Yeah, you can come, too!

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# We'll see woolly mammoths Dinosaurs, cavemen and more

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# When I jump in to the old museum clock to explore

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# Take me off to prehistoric times, I say

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# Hold on tight, shut your eyes and then we fly away

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# One, two, three, four

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Hey, join the crew!

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# Travel back in time and discover something new

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# Yeah, you can come, too!

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures! #

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OWL HOOTS

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Hi, I'm Andy.

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I'm in charge of the Prehistoric Gallery

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here at the National Museum. I have been working on a display

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about a giant bird that lived 49 million years ago.

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This is a model of its egg.

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I can't wait to see what it looks like on the nest.

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ANDY HUMS TO HIMSELF

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Right, I'll just pop this down here.

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Hello, Andy!

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Eugh! Oh.

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Hi, Jen! You scared me. I almost dropped the egg.

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-It's very fragile.

-Sorry, Andy. I've got those

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pictures you asked for, here on this disc.

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Brilliant. I just need to finish this off.

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I hope you're not having that rotten egg for your dinner.

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No! This isn't real. Mrs Pickles made this out of plaster

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and just finished painting it.

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-Then I definitely wouldn't eat it!

-No, I wouldn't recommend it.

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This is the egg of a Gastornis - a huge, prehistoric bird.

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And this is the nest.

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We're not sure what colour the eggs were,

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but Mrs Pickles has spent a long time studying Gastornis and she

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seems to think that this shade of green is right.

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Um...but I thought bird eggs were white.

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Well, actually, bird eggs come in a whole range of different colours.

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-If you load up these pictures, I will show you.

-OK.

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Chicken eggs... CLUCKING

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..what we eat for breakfast.

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CHIRPING

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Starling eggs are blue.

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Peregrine falcons, they lay brown eggs.

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STRAINING

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And there's even a bird called Cetti's warbler that lays red eggs.

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-That's brilliant.

-I know!

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So, you see, it is perfectly possible that Gastornis eggs

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-were green.

-Ah. Um...white.

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-No, Jen - green.

-No, the egg's white.

-Hmm?

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What?!

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What's happened to the paint? What...?

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Oh, no!

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Mrs Pickles spent ages working out the right colour for this.

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She'll be so upset.

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Well, don't worry, Andy. We could just paint it again.

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Yes, we'll paint it again. We just need some lime green paint.

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Don't you mean grass green?

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-Or was it apple green?

-Or pea green?

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-I can't remember what green it was!

-Um...we could ask Mrs Pickles.

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She has already gone home. We need to sort this out ourselves.

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-I don't know if we have enough time.

-CLOCK CHIMES

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SQUAWKING

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"Time"... That's it!

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Jen, you stay here and go and get the paints and the paintbrushes.

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I'll be back soon with the right colour.

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Time to go on a prehistoric adventure!

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Um, but, Andy...where are you going?

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Hmm.

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Waistcoat, hat, backpack, gizmo.

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To the time of Gastornis!

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Whoa!!!

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Whoo-hoo-hoo!

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Whoa!!!

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Wah-hoo!!

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Oh... Ooh, I've made it!

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I've travelled back in time 49 million years...

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..to the time of Gastornis.

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SPLURGE!

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Whoo! These mud springs, they stink of rotten eggs!

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SQUEAKING

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I don't think I'm going to find a Gastornis egg here.

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Whoo! No, I'll look somewhere else.

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PARP!

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BRAYING

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Look at these guys!

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They are called Palaeotherium.

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They were the great-great-great-great-great

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great-great-great-great-great-great

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great-grandparents of the modern-day horse.

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It also says that they were very shy,

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so I am not going to speak too loud. I don't want to scare them.

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SWOOSHING

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BRAYING

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Oh...you see?

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They are even scared of falling seeds.

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BRAYING

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That's not a falling seed...

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..it's a Gastornis!

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CAWING

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Come on!

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Whoa! Look at the size of her!

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She is at least my height...

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..and about five times as heavy.

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And her beak!

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It's massive!

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CAWING

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She wasn't chasing the Palaeotherium,

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but she definitely wanted to get her in a hurry.

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Maybe she's protecting her nest.

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And where there's a nest, there might be an egg.

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CAWING

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Of course!

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When you are as big as she is, and you can't fly,

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you have to build your nest on the ground.

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CAWING

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I think there's even an egg in there!

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I can't quite see the colour.

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Oop, she's going.

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CAWING

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I need to try and get closer, but without being spotted by mum.

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I know - I'll shrink down to the size of a chick.

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To the size of a Gastornis chick.

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Perfect!

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Ah!

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Amazing! Not only is there an egg in the nest, but it is exactly

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the same colour as the one that Mrs Pickles made.

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Right, I'll just take a photo. DISTANT CAWING

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Hang on a minute. What was that?

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The Gastornis is coming back!

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Um...

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CAWING

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CAWING

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Oh! Thank goodness for that.

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For a moment there, I thought I was going to be bird food.

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Right, now, let's take a picture and get back to the museum.

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All right. One, two...

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CRACKING

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What's that?

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What's going on?

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It's hatching!

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Oh, wow!

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It's a Gastornis chick!

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Oh, this is incredible!

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And now, I can take a piece of shell back to the museum.

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That's much better than a photo!

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HIGH-PITCHED CAWING

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Excuse me, could I have one of your eggshells, please?

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HIGH-PITCHED CAWING

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Oh, great!

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Thanks.

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Oh, eggshells are quite heavy when you're tiny like me.

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HIGH-PITCHED CAWING

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Now to get back to the museum, so I can paint Mrs Pickles' egg.

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See you later!

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Huh! Oh, no!

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Ants!

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And they're not just ordinary size.

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These are giant ants!

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And if I don't distract them, they could eat the chick!

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Over here! Come and get me! I'm the tasty one! Whoa!

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Whoa!

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Oh! Ohh... I've saved the chick, but who's going to save me?

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My backpack! It's always full of useful things.

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A scarf.

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Flying goggles? How are these things going to help me?

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All right! This is going to be fun.

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See you later, ants!

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It's time to go!

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SWOOSHING

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Whoa! Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!

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Whoa-ho-ho-ho!

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Yeah!

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This is brilliant!

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Time to head back!

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BIRDSONG

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DOING!

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SQUEAKY VOICE: Oh, no! I'm still really small!

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BEEPING

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Back to normal size!

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Yes!

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CHIMING

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Oh! Mrs Pickles!

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-Jen!

-Andy, I got the paint. Did you get the right colour?

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-I have got the exact colour right here.

-Where did you get..?

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-No time to explain. Mrs Pickles is on her way.

-I'll mix the paint.

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-Good morning, you two!

-TOGETHER:

-Morning, Mrs Pickles!

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Just popped in to see how my egg looks in your new display.

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Fantastic! Good job, you two!

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That green colour looks great!

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You don't look too great, though, Andy.

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I think you might be coming down with something. Perhaps you had

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better take the morning off. Ooh! You, too, Jen!

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-It's OK, Mrs Pickles.

-No buts! Off you go. Have a nice lie down.

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Join me when you feel better.

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See you next time!

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Come on, Jen.

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# One, two, three, four!

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures! #

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Andy heads 49 million years back in time to find out the colour of a prehistoric bird's eggs. But when he finally tracks down a nest, a new chick starts to hatch and he must protect it against a colony of supersized prehistoric ants.


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