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Lindsey and the New Tiger Cubs

Challenges, celebrities, makes and adventures. Lindsey visits Woburn Safari Park to meet two new tiger cubs and helps to release them into their new enclosure.


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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect big adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets, presenters

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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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'This is Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire

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and over its 3,000 acres

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'you can find elephants, white rhinos and bears.'

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And they're amazing, but they're not why I'm here.

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I'm here to see what I think is one of the most stunning

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animals in the whole world - the Siberian tiger.

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And he is right there.

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'Beautiful but incredibly rare,

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'the Siberian tiger is under threat of extinction.

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'They are the rarest big cats in the world,

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'with only around 520 left in the wild.'

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So, in places like Woburn, the race is really on to try

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and save the Siberian tiger -

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which is why the next guys I'm about to meet are such great news.

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I think they're down this corridor here.

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-SHE GASPS

-Look at them!

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Hey, guys!

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Wow, Mum is huge!

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Look at that amazing animal. Oh, look!

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'Back in October, four-year-old

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'tigress Minerva had two healthy cubs,

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'which is great news for the world's

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'tiger population and for their keeper, Chris.'

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Chris, tell us more about these beautiful Siberian tigers.

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Why are they so threatened as a species?

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Due to habitat loss and hunting for their coats

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and hunting for their body parts.

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So, it's really important that we're trying to conserve the species.

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It's really sad, isn't it?

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Why do you keep them in here

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and how come they're not running around outside?

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So, for their first 12 weeks, we need to keep them nice

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and safe until they've had their full injections.

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So we keep them nice and secure in this tiger house.

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'Then, in a few weeks' time,

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'the cubs will be released into this nine-acre reserve.

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'In the meantime, I get a chance to meet their dad, Elton.'

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Elton, are you ready? I'll let him out.

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Elton, come on.

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Here we go.

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Off he goes.

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Five weeks later, I'm back to see the cubs

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released into their new outdoor home for the very first time.

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-Hey, Chris. How are these guys getting on?

-Yeah, really good.

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Yeah, doing really well now.

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You can see they've grown quite a lot, quite playful.

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They're weighing in at about 10 to 12 kilos at the moment.

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They're not feeding from Mum much now at all.

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They're mainly on their meat. So we're all ready to get them out.

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Have you given them the all-clear? Do you think they're ready to go?

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Yeah. All clear, already to go, so, out into their main enclosure today

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and, hopefully, they'll have a nice run round.

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'First, the cubs are removed from their den to a holding area.

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'And then, there's just one gate between them

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'and their new enclosure.'

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And guess who's got control of the gate.

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Me. I'm so excited for this.

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Three, two, one...

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They've both gone back inside. They're nervous.

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Oh, here we go. One's gone through.

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Oh, the little shy one's gone straight through.

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Look at her go!

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Oh, you can see she's a little bit nervous.

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Go on, follow Mum.

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'To get a closer look at how they're settling in,

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'I need to join Chris in the safety of the car.'

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So, what do you think the babies are feeling at this point?

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This is quite a big day for them, isn't it?

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Yeah, it's quite a big day for them. Obviously, in here now,

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there are completely new smells

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and things to look at and things to explore,

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so, they're going to be excited, but also confused.

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So, will they follow Mum around?

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Yeah, Mum should keep pretty good tabs on them.

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She won't want them to wander too far.

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We're going to start off gradually, so, a few hours a day

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out in the enclosure, back in the pens at night.

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So it's a massive learning curve.

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It doesn't just stop now, just being out for the first time today,

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but it means that over the next few weeks

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they've got loads to learn and see.

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-They seem to be trying to hunt each other as well.

-Yeah.

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-They're messing about, aren't they?

-Yeah, they really are.

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They're doing exactly what we hoped they would do.

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Everything baby tigers should be doing.

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What a moment to witness this.

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To see them out and about, playing, so happy in their new enclosure.

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It's really lovely.

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Oh, what an experience this has been. Do you know what?

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I've loved making this film, because there's only about 520

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Siberian tigers actually left in the wild,

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so these cubs that we've seen are so important for the tiger population.

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And, we've been a small part of their journey.

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It's pretty cool.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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Lindsey visits Woburn Safari Park to meet two new tiger cubs and helps to release them into their new enclosure.


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