Grasscutter Ants Andy's Wild Adventures


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# I'm Andy the park keeper and I'm busy on my rounds

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# Kip is the inventor She's the coolest cat in town

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# There's things we'd like to show you

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# And there's things we'd like to know

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# So climb on board the Kipmobile and ready, steady, go!

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# One, two, three, four!

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# Andy and Kip on another wild adventure

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# Hey, join the crew!

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# Off to see the animals to find out what they do

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# Yeah, you can come, too!

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# It's Andy's wild adventures

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# Round the world! #

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Right, come on, guys. Off you go.

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Hi, I'm Andy, and I work here at Pickles' Animal Park.

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It's my job to look after all the animals.

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Today, I've got to get these wallabies

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all the way over into that field because in this enclosure,

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the trees are having their branches trimmed.

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OK, guys, come on. Off you go.

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-AUSTRALIAN ACCENT:

-Do we have to? We like hopping around in this field.

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This is Walter. He's a wallaby

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and him and his friends love hopping around and eating grass.

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The problem is, they do it too much. Right. Time to go. Come on, guys!

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You're going to have to catch us first! Yippee!

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Oh, no. They always do this.

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Right. Here I come!

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This way. That's it. No, into the field. Come on.

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Wa-hey! Bouncy, bouncy!

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That's it. This way. Come on, you can do it.

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You can't catch me!

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Over here!

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Phew! That was hard work. I could do with a break now.

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Next time, could we try a little teamwork?

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Hello... Oh. Kip?

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Kip!

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Hello, Andy!

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What's the matter?

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Kip. Where do I start?

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WALKIE-TALKIE: 'Andy, come in, Andy. Over.'

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Hang on. It's Mr Pickles, the boss.

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Hello, Mr Pickles. Andy here. Over.

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'Hello, Andy.

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'I just want to check you've remembered

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'to move the wallabies into the next field.

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'While you're at it, the grass needs cutting in that field, too.'

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OK, Mr Pickles, Andy out.

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Oh, great. Now I've got to cut the grass as well,

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which means I have to move the wallabies again.

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I've got so much to do.

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-I wish we could just all work together.

-Like a team?

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Exactly, Kip. Now, if we had a team of grasscutters,

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then it wouldn't be a problem. They work in a huge team -

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in fact, one of the biggest teams in the world.

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A team of grasscutters?

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Like lots of lawn mowers?

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No, Kip, grasscutter ants.

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They're like millions of tiny lawn mowers, with amazing power.

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Hey, Kip - would you like to see them in action?

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Wow! Would I!

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BOTH: Time to go on a wild adventure!

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Let's go! Ha-ha-ha!

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-One. Gadget pack.

-Check!

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-Two. Gizmo.

-Check!

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And, last but not least, the Kipmobile!

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Seat belts on!

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Hit it, Kip!

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Lift off!

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Woo-hoo-hoo! We're in space!

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Where to, Andy?

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The grasslands of Argentina in South America, Kip.

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Argentina it is.

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Go, cat nav, go!

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Aaaaah!

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Aha! This is the place.

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There's not much here, Andy.

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Just lots of trees and grass,

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and a big, brown, dusty lump on the ground.

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That's not just a big, brown, dusty lump, Kip.

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It's a huge, underground city.

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I thought cities had really tall buildings, roads and shops.

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-Not this one. Right. Erm, how about we land just over there?

-OK, Andy.

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So, where is this team of lawn-mowing ants?

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Grasscutter ants, Kip.

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And they live right there.

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There can't be millions on that dusty ground.

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There sure are, and it looks like they're already hard at work.

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Who's hard at work? I can't see anyone.

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The ants! The grasscutter ants.

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There's probably about five million of them

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running around us, right now.

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Five million? Wow! That is a lot of ants.

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The thought of all those ants is making my fur itch.

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Well, I'm not very good in crowds, Andy.

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I think I'll wait over here, and keep an eye on you.

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All right, Kip. No problem. I'll see you later.

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SHE GRUNTS

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Ah! Ooh! Eek!

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Now, the best way for me to show you what these tiny ants get up to

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is by getting really close to them.

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So, here goes!

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Size of a grasscutter ant!

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Ah, excuse me? Could you...? Could anyone please...?

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Hello?

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It's no good talking to these guys.

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They're too busy to give me grass-cutting tips.

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I think we'd better follow them to see how they do it.

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Come on, let's go!

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Wow! When you're the size of an ant, everything looks huge.

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The grass looks as tall as a tree.

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I love climbing trees.

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That gives me a brilliant idea!

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I'm going to climb up to see what they're doing.

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Here we go. Whoa! And it looks like a really long way down,

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all the way up here at the top of this grass.

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Look at all the other ants down there.

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They're all working really hard.

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They're doing different jobs, but they're still working as a team.

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Now we can see why grasscutter ants climb blades of grass.

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To cut it! Can you see how they're chewing the blades of grass?

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They're using their jaws, which are called mandibles.

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I wonder if I can try that.

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Oh! Nah. I think I'll leave it to the ants.

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Because they have really strong mandibles

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which can cut through grass until eventually...

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..it falls!

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HE PANTS AND GROANS

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But don't worry, they don't get hurt.

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Falling is all in a day's work.

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They just pick themselves up and get straight back to the team.

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Every ant has a different job to do.

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We've already seen the ones that cut the grass.

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These guys have to carry the grass back to their nests

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using their mandibles.

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Now, for their size, grasscutter ants are very, very strong.

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And them carrying their grass in their mandibles

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is kind of like me carrying a car with my mouth!

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Whoa! You OK, little fella?

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I think he's OK.

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This huge ant hill is like a massive city inside

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and it's where all these ants

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are taking all the grass they've collected.

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And now I'm small, I can go and see what they do with it.

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Come on! Oops. Sorry.

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Let's take a look inside.

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Right. Shouldn't be much further now.

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Oh!

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BLEEP, FEEDBACK

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So, Kip. Ants don't eat the grass,

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and there are certainly no shops here to sell it.

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Ants use the grass to grow fungus.

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Look!

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Ugh! Why would you want to grow fungus?

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What they do is, they feed the grass to the fungus to help it grow,

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and then THAT'S what they eat.

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They eat fungus?

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Ugh! That looks horrible.

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Well, some types of fungus are horrible, Kip,

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but this type of fungus is just for ants. And they love it!

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And, seeing as I'm as small as an ant now,

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I'm going to take a closer look. Come on!

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Well, OK. Be careful, Andy.

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Make sure you wash your hands afterwards.

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It looks slippery in there.

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Don't worry, Kip. I'm a really good climber. Aaah!

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He isn't.

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I'm covered in fungus! Ugh!

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-Kip, I think it might be time for us to go.

-Good idea, Andy.

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Andy, upload!

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See you later, ants. Enjoy your fungus dinner!

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Whoa!

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Oh. Sorry, Kip. For some reason, I haven't grown back.

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Well, be careful, little Andy.

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Don't touch anything.

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You need to wash your hands after falling in all that fungus.

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Don't worry, Kip. I'll get cleaned up when I get back.

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Then hold on!

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Right. Better get myself cleaned up. I'm an absolute mess!

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WALKIE-TALKIE: 'Andy. Come in, Andy. Over.'

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It's Mr Pickles, the boss! Oh, and I haven't cut the grass yet!

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Hello, Mr Pickles. Andy, here. Over.

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Excellent work, Andy!

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What a super idea it was

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to let the wallabies eat the grass in the field!

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They're so full of grass, they've fallen asleep! Over.

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No problem at all, sir. Over.

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Brilliant! Right, time to get cleaned up now.

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I've got fungus everywhere.

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It's a shame there aren't any ants here,

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or they could eat it for you. Ha-ha!

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I don't know about that, Kip. Hoo-hoo!

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-Ha-ha! I've got ants in my pants! Hoo-hoo!

-Ha-Ha!

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See you soon!

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Andy takes Kip on a wild adventure to see grasscutter ants in Argentina. Andy marches along with millions of ants and climbs high up the grass to get a better view. He even goes into their nest to see how they make food.


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