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Sue Pig Coach

Series featuring working animals. With her career as a show pig behind her, one-year-old Sue is hoping to make it as a coach for up-and-coming show pig Bradley.


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I'm John Barrowman with Animals At Work, the show where animals work.

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All over the planet, there are millions of animals that have jobs.

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Aargh! This is the show that brings you the funniest, coolest and most bizarre...

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-Moooo!

-..animals at work.

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Here's what we've got for you.

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Sue the Pig desperately needs to find a new job.

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This little pony works magic on children who are scared of horses.

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He's very, very gentle. He knows what his job is.

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And it's survival of the fastest, as the Fanimals go head-to-head with a hawk.

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The hawk is pretty fast. I think I'm faster than it.

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But now it's... DRUMROLL ..showtime!

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Time for another talented animal,

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and it's not me, ha ha!

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Come on, Ricky, we can finish the marathon.

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Let's head off to Herefordshire in England to meet our first animal at work.

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Meet a very handsome boy called Sue.

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Yep, that's right. Poor Sue got stuck with a girl's name.

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# Well, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue #

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He is a little boy,

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even though he's called Sue.

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He's 12 months old.

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And he's a Kune Kune pig.

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Sue currently works as a show pig.

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That means he represents his breed, the Kune Kune in modelling competitions.

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He gets to show off his Kune Kune tassels, which are called piri piri,

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his Kune Kune height, which is smaller than most pigs,

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and, most importantly, his Kune Kune charm.

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He's a bit of an ambassador for the breed, really.

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He shows people what lovely pigs Kune Kunes are

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and how clever they can be.

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Kune Kunes are very friendly,

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and Sue's no exception.

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He loves to hang out with his farm pals.

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There's fellow Kune Kune pig Bradley,

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the piglets,

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some chickens,

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and Bess the dog.

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But Sue can't rely on his personality for much longer.

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He's a year old, and he realises his looks won't last forever,

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and he can't be a show pig all his life.

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So Sue's facing up to reality. He needs to get a new job.

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But what's this pig named Sue to do?

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Sue looks creative.

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Could he become an artist?

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No, like all pigs, Sue's colour blind. Oh, well.

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He's pretty good with heights.

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Could he be an astronaut?

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Well, there's been chimpanzees, spiders,

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and even flies in space.

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But sadly, NASA have never wanted a pig for the job.

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What about acting?

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Could Sue become an actor?

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Again, it's a nice idea, but he's a bit too hammy. Ha ha ha!

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Come on, Sue, we need to be realistic. What can you do?

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Sue used to be quite agile. He was quite a runner when he was a piglet.

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Ah! Running! MUSIC: "Hallelujah" by G F Haendel

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Maybe running can be Sue's new career.

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When Sue was just a piglet,

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he showed an amazing ability to run an agility course.

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This is something that normally only dogs do,

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so it's certainly a special skill.

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-Right, come on.

-Let's see if he still has what it takes. Come on, Sue, you can do this!

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A young Sue could fly over the ramp like a rocket.

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Now, well, ooh, he's a little shaky.

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Good boy. And down.

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Take your time, Sue. Well, you know, you've got all day.

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Maybe Sue's just out of practice.

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Let's see how he handles the tunnel.

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Well, that's not going so well, is it?

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He's at the final hurdle. Just one small leap for Sue.

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And...

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MUSIC: "Chariots of Fire" theme

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Jump the hurdle! Jump the hurdle! JUMP!

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This is a disaster. Oh, no, Sue. Even the dog's upset.

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As he's getting older, he's getting a little bit more slower,

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and not quite as enthusiastic as he was as a youngster.

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So I think it's fair to say that reviving his early athletic career

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is just not an option for Sue.

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But Wendy offers a glimmer of hope.

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As he gets older and becomes less able to do the tricks himself,

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hopefully he'll take up coaching

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and bring on some of the youngsters for us.

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That's a great idea! MUSIC: "Hallelujah" by G F Haendel

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With so many piglets on the farm, Sue could start a new career as a coach.

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But with this unruly bunch,

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finding the right student isn't going to be easy.

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Oh, Sue, looks like you've got a huge job ahead of you.

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Later, find out if Sue's attempt at a new coaching career is a success.

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We've been finding out what animals get up to on their days off.

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Check out this dog who's really bitten off more than he can chew.

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(DOG VOICE) Hey, is this a big ball or have I just shrunk?

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Hey, this isn't bad. I wanna bite it, I wanna bite it.

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Gimme the ball, gimme the ball!

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-And now those kids who love animals. It's the...

-Fanimals, yes!

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And here they are, our animal detectives.

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Today, we'll be finding out who's quicker. Is it fanimal or animal?

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Meet Willow. He's a Harris Hawk.

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And this is his boss Karl.

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Harris Hawks originate in the Americas.

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Their wingspan can be over a metre.

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They're considered remarkable because they hunt in packs,

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which is very unusual for a bird.

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That's all well and good. But are they fast?

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And more to the point, are they faster than the fanimals?

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Today we're going to find out over a 60 metre dash.

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First we'll see how long it takes for the fanimals to cover the distance.

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Then we'll see how quickly Willow can do it.

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The quickest will be the winner.

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The fanimals are feeling confident.

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The hawk is pretty fast, but I think I'm faster than it.

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I'm going to go quite slowly at the beginning,

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then I'll run as fast as I can at the end and see where I end up.

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Well, I'll probably just try my hardest and just sprint all the way.

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The hawk can try, but he's not going to win.

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Ooh, unlike the fanimals, Willow doesn't go in for the big talk,

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but he is looking quietly confident.

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We'll soon find out.

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Despite the rain, the fanimals take to the line.

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All three are off the line quickly.

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It looks like Matthew's edging ahead

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in the right-hand lane.

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Bradley and Tia are pulling it back.

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Do they have a strong enough finish?

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They're storming along the straight. Yes, here they come! Who can it be?

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Matthew! Matthew was the first to cross the line

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with the others right on his heels.

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Well done, Fanimals. An amazing effort by the Fanimals.

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9.6 seconds. That's very, very quick.

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So it's clear Matthew is the fastest fanimal.

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Next up, it's Willow.

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And the time he has to beat is 9.6 seconds.

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He's going to be covering our 60-metre course by flying

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between his assistant and Karl.

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Everyone's looking serious, and so they should. This is serious business.

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Willow's under starters' orders.

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It's hard to watch.

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-Here we go.

-Willow!

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# Bird of prey

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# Take me on your flight

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# Flying high #

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What elegance.

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Look at that wingspan!

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And landing.

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Now that everyone has done the dash,

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it's time to declare a winner.

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Matthew was the fastest fanimal with 9.6 seconds.

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APPLAUSE

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And, sorry, Matthew, your time was no match for Willow's 5.2 seconds.

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You hawks sure know how to fly.

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Let's see it again.

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# Come fly with me

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# Let's fly, let's fly away #

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That is one graceful bird.

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Better luck next time, fanimals.

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This beast is the fastest for now.

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Now let's trot back to Herefordshire in England.

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Earlier, we met a very unusual male pig.

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For starters, he's got a girl's name.

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He is a little boy, even though he's called Sue.

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That's right. He's called Sue.

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But that's not all that makes Sue different.

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He's a Kune Kune pig, which means he's shorter than normal pigs,

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and he has these attractive tassels which are called piri piri.

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Sue's got the ideal job for such a handsome swine.

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He's a show pig, taking part in competitions showing off his good looks.

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You go, girl! I mean, boy.

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But at the ripe old age of one, Sue's looks aren't what they were.

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The time has come for him to find a new job.

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In his young, well, younger days,

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he was quite an athlete.

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But those days are behind him so there's no job there.

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Sue's now pinned his hopes on

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working with the champion show pigs of the future by becoming a coach.

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Perfect. There's a show in two days.

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Think how amazing it would be if Sue could coach one of his young friends to glory.

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It sounds like a great plan,

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but first, Sue needs to find the perfect piggy pupil.

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Come and train these children. Come on.

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There's lots of possibilities.

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I'm quite hoping the younger piglets will learn by copying Sue.

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But with this unruly bunch, finding the right student will take work.

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# A, B, C, easy as 1, 2, 3 #

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First up, Sue's going to give Sniff a try at the high jump.

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Um, you know, maybe that's a little too high for a pig like you.

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Sorry, Sniff.

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Next up, Sue is showing Dopey how to tackle the ramp.

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Dopey, you should be paying attention to this.

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Ooh, he's off to a good start.

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But this piggy's in a world of his own.

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Oh, Sue, what's a pig to do?

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We've got one last chance with Spotty,

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who'll be taking a shot at the tunnel.

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That a boy! Keep it coming.

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Nice work, Spotty!

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CHEERING

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Hey! You made it through!

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ALARM

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Oh, wait, scratch that.

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You can't pee on the agility course.

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Yuck!

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Those piglets are just too immature to take this seriously.

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Maybe Sue's hopes of a coaching career have collapsed already.

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This is a disaster for Sue.

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But wait. There's one more pig.

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Sue's buddy Bradley.

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Behind Sue, he's the hottest pig on the farm.

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# Don't you ever stop being dandy, showing me you're handsome #

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With Sue's specialist training and Bradley's raw talent,

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this might just be onto a winner.

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Come on, get up, Sue.

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There's no time to waste.

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There's a competition, and if you're going to make a new career,

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you need to start training Bradley.

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Bradley needs all the help he can get

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so Sue starts him on the basics,

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but Bradley's not really paying attention.

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We want Bradley to just walk sedately around the ring

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so the judge can see what he looks like,

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whether his legs are straight.

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It's starting to work. Bradley is copying Sue's every move.

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Go, Bradley, go!

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What he's doing now is just what we want. Just a sedate, slow walk.

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Bradley's doing wonderfully for a beginner.

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I think he's a little star.

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Bradley's really getting the hang of this, and it's obvious who to thank.

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Sue's a great help, really.

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He's a good, calming influence.

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I'm hoping he'll follow Sue's example.

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This is amazing news. Sue has real talent as a coach.

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Could it be with Sue's coaching,

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Bradley's got a chance at the upcoming pig show?

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I would hope that he's going to be noticed by the judge, but we'll see.

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The competition's around the corner,

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and there's plenty at stake.

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If Bradley wins, Sue's proven his career choice was the right one.

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Failure, and Sue's career is in tatters.

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Later, it's the most important pig show of Sue's life.

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We've been searching to find out what your animals get up to on their days off.

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Check out this parrot who's found a game that's right up his alley.

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It's the perfect strike.

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He's really a knock-out.

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And again. And again.

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OK, that's enough.

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This guy's just bowling me over. Ha ha ha!

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And now we're off to Oahu, Hawaii in the USA.

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# It's a kind of magic #

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Meet Magic, a miniature horse with a big job.

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Magic's a beach pony unlike any other.

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He specialises in giving children their first ever horse ride.

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His job in life is to give a great experience to children,

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to make them feel good about being on a horse

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and having the horse experience.

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Magic's perfect for his job,

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because although he looks like a regular horse,

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he's actually small, (LITTLE VOICE) very small.

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In fact, he's about the height of an average toddler.

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Normally, full-size horses are about 183cm tall,

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but Magic is a mere 76cm.

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That's really tiny.

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I think a regular-size horse would weigh about 1,200 pounds,

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and Magic is about, I would say, 230 pounds.

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Being so small, Magic is the ideal size for little kids

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with no experience of riding big horses.

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I think he actually becomes even more gentle,

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as he knows that this is his purpose,

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to make children smile and to give them the experience of a small horse.

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But it's not just his size that makes Magic ideal for his job.

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Magic just loves children.

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# Wake up, it's a beautiful morning #

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And children aren't the only thing Magic loves.

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# Let's go surfing now, everybody's learning how #

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He's also mad for the beaches,

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which makes him the luckiest little horse in the world,

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as here in Hawaii, he gets the most amazing beaches on the planet.

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Don't be fooled, though.

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Despite the tropical location, Magic has no time to relax in the shade.

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He's one busy pony.

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Mornings can be quite chaotic, as Magic lives with a bunch of friends

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who can be a rowdy old lot.

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There's fellow horse Mystic,

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and check out these guys.

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It's miniature goats, Stewart, Nicolas and Pearl.

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Miniature goats make excellent companion animals,

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as they're apparently a very calming influence.

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It's a good job, as someone needs to be around here.

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And look at these pooches.

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They're miniature Italian greyhounds.

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Here's Blaze, that's Angus, and this is Boomer.

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Er, Magic,

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if you want to get to the beach today,

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you don't have time to give this canine cowboy a ride.

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One final check before you leave.

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After all, it's vitally important that a beach pony looks his best.

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Nice traditional costume you're wearing there, mister.

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We put on this beautiful lei so he looks very Hawaiian and happy.

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Yes, yes, Magic, you look just great.

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Now, can we please get going?

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There's children waiting for you and you need to get to work.

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Finally, Magic's off.

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Wonder what today has in store.

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Maybe he'll get to go for a paddle in the sea.

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Magic's in demand before he even gets to the beach,

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and of course, Magic fulfills his obligations and stops to be petted.

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Look how gentle he is.

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It's very important to be this well-behaved when you're working with small children.

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Being a bucking bronco is not an option.

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OK, Magic, enough's enough. You have to get to work, remember?

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Come on, mate, trot on.

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And finally he gets to the sand.

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This guy is one beach pony.

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He looks so at home here.

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But wait, there don't seem to be any children on this beach. Disaster.

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Magic takes a closer look.

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Ooh, panic over.

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Here are some children. It's not going to be a wasted day.

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And without further ado, Magic gets to work.

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Hi, who's this?

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Look at the pleasure this pocket- sized pony is giving the children.

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Magic is quite the character, and a well-known face on the island.

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He's definitely a hit with all the kids and tourists alike.

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He likes me and he knows who I am.

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Say "cheese", Magic.

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Well, Magic, another great day at work.

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But can you really call it hard work

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when the weather and scenery are this spectacular?

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And off Magic goes to tell all his mates about his busy day as a beach pony.

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It's not just today that animals have had jobs.

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In fact, history reveals that in the past,

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they've had even more amazing jobs than today.

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And here are those History's Heroes.

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Hello. I'm Professor John Bumbleman,

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the world's greatest animal historian.

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Now, over the years, there have been many, many, many, many, many, many

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many, many wonderful animals

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who've held down incredibly important jobs.

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These brilliant beasties have put their hairy, furry and scaly necks

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on the line all in the name of good, old-fashioned hard work.

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Today we're looking at the secretive world of undercover agents.

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Our first anonymous animal was Fred the Cat,

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who did a one-off job for the New York City Police Department.

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His mission started when the police contacted him

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about a man who was posing illegally as a veterinarian.

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The boys in blue couldn't catch this criminal in the act,

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so drafted in Fred.

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With the help of an human partner,

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the undercover kitty pretended to be sick.

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COUGHING

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Together, they exposed this man who didn't know how to treat animals

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and wasn't a real vet.

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Fred retired soon after that

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and re-trained as a hospital carer.

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We can't reveal any more, as his identity is now protected.

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To be a good undercover agent,

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you need excellent survival skills,

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and in that department, no human spy could beat Old Rip the Horned Toad.

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In 1896, Old Rip was rudely placed inside the cornerstone

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of a courthouse in Texas as part of a time capsule.

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Despite the stupidity of the humans who did this,

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Old Rip lasted out the ordeal for an incredible 31 years.

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His survival trick was hibernation.

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Old Rip deservedly became something of a celebrity in the state of Texas,

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and spent the rest of his life touring

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so that ordinary people could meet

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the greatest survival expert of all time.

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I can hide better than Old Rip.

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Can you see me? Can you see me?

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Ahem.

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And finally, History's Heroes can reveal

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an unbelievable but true mission

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to train cats to spy on the Russians.

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In the late sixties,

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America's spy agency, the CIA, had an idea. Ting!

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They thought it would be clever to rig up a cat with a microphone

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and put an antennae in its tail.

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Really!

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The plan was that the cat could sneak around unnoticed

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and listen in on secret spy news.

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They called it Operation Acoustic Kitty.

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But the scheme didn't go well.

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The spy cat kept wandering off to look for food.

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Yummy, yummy.

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So in 1967, the operation was abandoned.

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These cats may not have made the best spies,

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but when they were around,

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the Russians never had any problems with mice.

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Ha ha ha! Miaw miaw.

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And that concludes this week's History's Heroes.

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COUGHING

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Now we're heading back to Herefordshire in England.

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Earlier we met a boy named Sue.

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Sue used to be a show pig travelling the country starring in pig shows,

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but at the old age of one, his looks have faded,

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which means it's time to get a new job.

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After toying with other possibilities,

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Sue's decided to turn his trotter

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to helping champion show pigs of the future,

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by becoming a show pig coach.

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WHISTLE

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Sue's first trainee is a handsome hog named Bradley.

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Sue's taught Bradley the essentials of show pig competing.

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Walking tall and proudly.

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Bradley got to grips with things quickly, which is a good job,

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as today, he'll be taking part in his first competition.

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If Bradley's successful in today's show,

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then Sue's got a new job.

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If Bradley fails, then Sue's career is over.

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It's the day of the competition.

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There's a lot riding on this.

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For coach Sue's sake, Bradley must put on a good show.

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Although Bradley is nervous, Sue is sticking with him every step of the way.

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Sue has been helping Bradley along with getting ready this morning.

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He travelled with him in the lorry,

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looked after him all the way here,

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slept with him last night, too.

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I think Sue has a very relaxing influence on him.

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Sue looks pretty relaxed himself.

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Competition is fierce.

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There are piggies here from all across the land.

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It's a bit of a wake-up call for Bradley,

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as these are Kate Hogs and Naomi Hambells of the piggy world.

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But with Sue by his side, Bradley has plenty to be confident about.

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When Brad goes into his class,

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he'll be judged on beauty, really.

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Now, I think Bradley is very nice,

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but then I'm not the judge.

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If Sue's done his job properly,

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Bradley will behave himself.

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Unlike some of the other naughty porkers backstage.

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Just to be sure that everything is in tip-top shape,

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Sue takes Bradley out for some last-minute grooming

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to make him even more handsome for the judges.

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He's really enjoyed being groomed, bathed, stroked, scratched,

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they love all this attention, don't you, hey?

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A little bit of oil behind your ears to make you look beautiful.

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Good boy.

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And shine your little snout up, too.

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And while Bradley's in make-up,

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Sue can only wait nervously with Wendy's daughter Lucy.

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Sue has a big influence over Bradley's career.

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I think Bradley does stand a big chance of winning

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because he's a strapping little piglet.

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Sue's just whispered in his ear.

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Sit down nicely, Bradley. Smile your best smile.

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And don't wee-wee in the ring.

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It's show pig time.

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But Sue's too nervous to watch.

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He heads back to his pen to await the final result.

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There are some good-looking piggies in this competition.

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Oh, yeah.

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And the judge takes a good look at Bradley.

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But who will be deemed the fairest pig of them all?

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And in first place,...

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Oh, no! Bradley's not won.

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It goes to the white boar.

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And in second place,...

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it's Bradley!

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Well done, you pretty little piggy!

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Sue's ecstatic and can't wait to greet Bradley

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with some celebratory hogs and kisses.

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# Rain or shine, you've stood by me, girl

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# I'm happy at home, you're my best friend #

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He didn't win, but he did very well.

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He came second and he behaved impeccably.

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I think Sue will be very impressed with that.

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Well done, Sue. You've done a crackling job at coaching Bradley.

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Your little trainee success means you now have a new career.

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And Brad Pig?

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With Sue's continued help,

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you might have a promising career yourself in Hoggywood.

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Ha ha!

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Er, that's all from Animals At Work.

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John said he had to go and see a man about a dog.

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Sounds a bit fishy if you ask me.

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Hmm, see you next time.

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