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Lindsey to the Animal Rescue

Challenges, celebrities, makes and adventures. Lindsey visits an animal rescue centre that specialises in treating wild animals.


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This is Blue Peter but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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The British countryside is home to many wild animals

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including birds, mammals and a fair few reptiles.

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But, when wild animals become sick or injured,

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what can be done to help them?

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Well, I've come somewhere very special to find out.

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This is Tiggywinkles, one of the world's leading wildlife hospitals.

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It was set up almost 40 years ago by Sue and Les Stocker

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and so far it's treated over 250,000 animals.

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-Hi, Les, how are you?

-Hiya, Lindsey.

-Good to meet you.

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Thank you for having me here.

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This place is amazing, it seems huge.

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It just keeps growing and growing and growing. It's amazing.

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Now, tell me, how many animals have you got in at the moment?

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-We've got, well, 1,010 at the moment.

-Wow.

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It's our busy time of the year and it's baby birds everywhere.

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Well, I'd love to have a look around if that's OK.

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-Yes, I'd like to show you some.

-Let's go.

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So, Les, tell me, how do the animals end up here?

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Either the general public bring them in

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in cardboard boxes

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or the police will bring them in, the fire brigade, the RSPCA.

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Absolutely everybody brings animals in to us.

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All the animals that are brought in are treated by the experienced

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staff, with the aim of one day releasing them back into the wild.

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-Right.

-So, what happens in here?

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Where are we?

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-This is the main hedgehog room.

-There's loads! This is amazing.

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I'd like to introduce you to Sharon. This is Lindsey.

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Hi, Sharon, how you doing?

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So, who've we got in here, Sharon?

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So, I was going to show you this one. This guy was burned.

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-He was actually found in a bonfire.

-Oh, no.

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So, obviously he made a nice house there, and... So this is him here,

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-you can actually...

-Do you know, what's weird is that you can

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-actually smell bonfire a little bit, can't you?

-Yep.

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Oh! And so will he recover fully?

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Yeah, as long as he gets a full set of spines back...

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-He'll be all right.

-He can go back to the wild.

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As well as treating all sorts of different animals...

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I like this one. He's my favourite.

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..the team are also on call 24 hours a day

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in case an animal needs to be rescued.

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Today they're planning to release a male deer

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they've nursed back to health.

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PHONE RINGS

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But, before they can get ready, a call comes in about another deer

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that's been badly injured and needs help.

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-Let's go.

-OK.

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We've been given a rough location of where the deer was spotted.

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But the final search needs to be done on foot.

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Do you know what, this is exciting but it's also a little bit

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nerve-racking, cos we don't really know what state we're going to find

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this deer in.

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Hopefully it's OK.

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And, hopefully, we'll be able to catch it,

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get it in the box and get it back to the centre really safely.

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Trying to find a well-camouflaged deer in thick undergrowth

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takes some doing.

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But, eventually...

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He's there, he's there, he's there.

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He's there, I've got him. He's there.

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I found him. I found him.

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He's just there.

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Sharon knows exactly what to do and she takes control of the situation.

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OK, we've got him.

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To stop the animal getting upset,

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we gently cover its head using a towel.

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-OK.

-So, that'll calm him down now.

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-So, he's just really stressed, isn't he?

-Yeah, and then, so...

-OK.

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-..you want to go and grab the box for us?

-Yeah.

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The team realise the deer is very poorly indeed and rush it

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back to the vets at the centre as quickly as possible.

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They will do everything they can to try and save it.

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For now, there's nothing more the rescue team can do.

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So, we return to today's original task

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of releasing an adult male deer back into the wild.

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The deer is carefully transferred into

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a trailer to start its very special journey.

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Got it?

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It's time to lock this up, drive the van

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and get him back into the wild.

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We head to a nearby forest

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where the deer can settle in to its new surroundings.

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-We've had this deer with us for about two years now.

-Wow.

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So, he's all ready to go back to the wild.

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Is this quite a big moment for you?

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-No, it is, bless him.

-Saying goodbye.

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So, what we will do is drop these bits down in a minute.

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And then we'll open up the other doors and then we just stand

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-back out the way. Are you ready?

-Yep.

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And then this door.

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-Like that.

-He's off.

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-There he goes, he's just checking out which way he's going to go.

-Yep.

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Off you go.

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Aw, he's gone off into the little bluebells.

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My time at the centre has been amazing.

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But it's also tinged with sadness

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when I hear the young deer we rescued earlier

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was simply too poorly to be saved.

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But being involved in the incredible work the team do,

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and seeing the animals they are able to help, has been so rewarding.

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I'm really proud to have played my part.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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Lindsey visits an animal rescue centre that specialises in treating wild animals.


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