Episode 11 Dick 'N' Dom Go Wild


Episode 11

Wildlife show. Ada and Bianca get busy at an animal sanctuary as they scrub up smelly dogs - but will they be able to round up the flighty rescued horses?


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This show features highly-trained professionals

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working with potentially dangerous and unpredictable animals.

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So do not, we repeat, do not try this at home.

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Did you know that now, right now, there are people

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all-round the country who are working their socks off

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to help wounded wildlife and poorly pets?

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And we have managed to get VIP passes for some willing helpers

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who are going to get stuck in at the busiest vets, wildlife sanctuaries

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and rescue centres. You're free!

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On today's show.

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Ada and Bianca watch a dog who smells of wee.

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I saw you trying to get out of it.

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-Go on.

-And it is a wash out when they have to catch a real horse.

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-Elise and Abbie smell a rat.

-I can see one.

-He's looking.

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Yes, he's looking at me. Keep going.

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And a fox. And a badger too.

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-And Dick plays chicken as he falls

-fowl

-for a racing rooster.

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It's tough and dirty work.

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But someone's got to do it.

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Wildwood Trust in Herne Bay, Kent.

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It promises close encounters with British wildlife.

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Let's hope they are not too close or this could be a very short programme

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and a wasted trip for these two.

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Meet Elise and Abbie, two friends from Norwich

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with very different opinions when it comes to animals.

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Elise loves hanging around with all things furry.

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I like big cats, dogs, fish, gerbils, and I like kittens.

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She even has her own pet.

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I like to play with my dog in the garden and I like cuddling him.

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Whereas Abbie, well this keen first aider loves helping people,

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but she is not so keen on pets and wildlife.

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Oh, no, I don't like animals.

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They are just boring and nature like birds,

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foxes, owls, badgers, deer, nah.

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OK, so two friends who are up for a challenge.

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One loves animals, the other really doesn't.

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Will a day at a wildlife centre

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get them both hooking at our furry friends in the same way?

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Abbie and Elise, it is lovely to meet you,

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but Abbie, what's this problem you've got with animals.

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I think they are smelly, scuttly, stink and poo and everything.

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Just not very nice at all.

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Do you like going to zoos and wildlife parks,

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-have you done it before?

-I've done it before, but it's boring.

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We're at Wildwood today. Hopefully, she'll enjoy it.

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-Do you think she will?

-Yeah.

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But you are going to help Abbie along with her journey today.

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-Yeah, sure.

-Right. Well, let's go and explore the wild wood.

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This place is home to more than 50 species of animals and, what's more,

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they can all be found living wild in

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Britain or could have been at some point in the past.

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Hi, Karen, these are our two willing volunteers, Abbie and Elise.

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Well, actually, one willing volunteer just here.

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They're dressed the part. What have they got to do?

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We've got lots of animals to look after here.

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Today we're going to start with some cleaning.

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If we just go this way, and we'll start.

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Cleaning, easy. It certainly niffs a bit. I think it needs a clean.

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So what are the animals? Tell the girls.

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Today we're going to be cleaning out the rats.

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THEY GROAN

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Not really the reaction we were looking for,

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-but are you going to do it?

-OK.

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-I'll do it. I don't care.

-Yes.

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Correct answer.

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And these are the rats that Abbie and Elise

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are going to be hanging out with.

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Cute, eh? Oh yeah, girls, liking the...

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So what kind of rats have we got in here?

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-They're brown rats.

-Are they totally safe?

-They are, yes.

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So what do the girls need to do then, Karen?

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Today we're going to be cleaning them out and giving them some food.

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So how are you feeling about this experience?

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Not too keen, but I'm sure I'll live.

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I'll do it, but it's just a bit - rats. They're a bit ratty.

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OK, girls, your moment of truth is here. Please meet the rats.

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Now, I'm allergic.

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Yes, I'm allergic to rats.

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Allergic to rats that need cleaning out, so I'll be staying out

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keeping guard in case anyone tries to break in.

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Yes, got it. That's it.

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It stinks in here.

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How will the girls do when they come face-to-face

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with the fearsome rodents?

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First, is Dom in a spot of bother in Lancashire?

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You know, some people are terrified of big scary animals.

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All animals are in need of help even the really,

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really big ones, which is why I've legged it here

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to the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary where they do just that.

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OK, I know it's not that big and scary,

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but it is in need of a lot of care and attention,

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even if it is from two volunteers who are terrified of these big,

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terrifying, scary, horrible animals.

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So maybe it is time to get friends Ada and Bianca to swing into action.

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The girls love most animals, but Ada thinks horses are horrendous.

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I think it is because I don't know much about them.

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I just find horses a bit boring,.

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I don't see why they're considered a girl's animal

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and not a boy's animal.

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These girls are a dab hand in the kitchen, but for Bianca,

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any big animals are a recipe for disaster.

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I don't like the idea the way they leave waste everywhere

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and so no, I don't really like horses.

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So we've got all the ingredients.

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Let's see what's cooking when we head over to the animal sanctuary.

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Bianca, Ada, how are you doing, are you all right?

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-Good. What kind of animals do you most dislike?

-Big animals.

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-Like horses, donkeys?

-Yeah.

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Perfect, you have come to the right place

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because this place is teaming full of donkeys and horses.

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So the only way to get you involved and interested in them

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is by getting your hands dirty. Shall we do it?

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Yes is the answer you're looking for.

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Bleakholt in Lancashire rehomes thousands of animals every year,

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including some of the hoofed variety.

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First up, it is a date with the donkeys.

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They're highly sociable animals and if they decide they like you,

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you're in. Fingers crossed, girls.

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Right, so here we are.

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What jobs have you got for them?

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Well, what we need to do today,

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we need to get these donkeys fed, thank you, Jubilee.

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What we'll be doing is putting the donkey nuts,

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which is donkey feed, into wellies so they can play with the wellies,

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lift them up, tip out the feed and eat them.

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And what's the purpose of that?

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It is fun for them. It stimulates them.

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It means they're doing something

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rather than stood in a field all day chewing on grass.

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Fair enough. There you go.

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Great. Now you've got acquainted,

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it's time to take your donkey diners for their din-dins outside.

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Steady on, donkeys, there's plenty of food for everyone. Really.

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Where are your table manners?

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It just needs a bit of a wiggle.

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Donkeys like to spend up to 16 hours a day munching on grub, and after

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being stuck inside this lot look like they are up for another meal.

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Soon Ada and Bianca's dinner party guests are rounded up

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and there's only one more thing left to do.

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Well done, cheers. Right now, we just need to get the food ready for them.

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What's on the menu later when our chefs have to dish up dinner

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for these demanding donkeys?

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Meanwhile, Elise and Abbie are over in Kent

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where they have the terrible task of cleaning out a rat's nest.

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I can see one. There's supposed to be 15 in here

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and I can only see four which is kind of creepy.

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I don't know where they are.

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There could be one on your head right this minute.

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Please don't say that.

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Come on, girls, the sooner you get the place cleaned up,

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the sooner you can come out.

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-I can see one.

-He's looking.

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He's looking at me. Keep going.

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I think he's looking at the food, actually. No, he is looking at you.

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Perhaps it is my good looks.

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Rats don't completely deserve their repulsive reputation.

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They are highly intelligent creatures and domestic rats

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make great pets, but it is best not to go near a wild one.

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They can bite and may have diseases.

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-Disgusting.

-Are you stepping on poo?

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Of course I am!

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Oh, no.

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-Elise!

-Now, if I was Abbie the last thing

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I would do in these circumstances is go looking under that cardboard box.

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You're not going to, please?

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Yes, she is, Elise.

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Oh, babies.

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They're like so cute.

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Yes, pretty cute, I have to agree.

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Incredibly mum rats can have up to 70 babies in a year.

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It seems that Elise and Abbie are actually

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starting to enjoy themselves.

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You do not know how disgusting this is.

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OK, maybe not then. Never mind, girls,

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you've done an amazing job in there.

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Ladies, you are finished.

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-I want to show you the babies. They're cute.

-How was it? Tell me.

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Tell me. It stinks in there.

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-Was it bad? Was it good?

-It was OK.

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-It was really, really fun.

-Was it?

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It was one of the best things I've done.

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Rats right about there.

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The babies are really cute because they're like, that small.

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There was one about that big. Tiny.

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I didn't know there were babies in there. You're the first to see them.

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Abbie, considering you didn't like wildlife this morning,

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I think you're doing a grand job. Don't you, Karen? Very good. Spot on.

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'Spot on indeed, but how will the girls react

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'when they meet a bedridden badger?'

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-So this is Mouse.

-BOTH: Aaaw!

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'Ada and Bianca are getting ready to host a donkey dinner in Lancashire.

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'But the menu's decidedly different.

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'For the first course, our chefs are rustling up a starter of hay.'

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What I need to do, bring it round here...

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and try and shake and scatter it into each one of these,

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so it separates up.

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Next up, it's the main course.

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-Right, girls, here's your wellies.

-'Nutty Wellingtons?!'

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What we need to do now, is take some of this feed out of here

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and fill each welly between half-way and three-quarters full.

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There's got to be a gap so they can pick it up.

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'The wellies are packed with donkey nuts

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'which the donkeys love to sniff out.'

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Smelly wellies.

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Once we've got them filled up, we need to put them in different places

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so they're not all in one bunch,

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so the donkeys actually have to find them.

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'Hiding food like this is called enrichment,

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'a way of getting the donkeys to use their brains to find food.'

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'Hey! Steady on, no barging, please.

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'There's enough donkey nuts to go round.'

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They seem to be enjoying it, don't they?

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Watch, they'll barge you out of the way.

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'Well done, girls, you gave the job plenty of welly!'

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And that was just the warm-up.

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Let's see how Ada and Bianca do when we wash down a dog who wets the bed.

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Eeew!

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First up, it's time to see if Dick is chicken.

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You seem nervous.

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Sorry, I was trying to hold it in.

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It's today's Animal Challenge, I think it's too much for you.

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-Don't be daft.

-Look, it's man versus beast!

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-What kind of beast?

-A feathery one.

-A bird?

-A feathery bird.

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-An eagle, a hawk?

-No!

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-IN A CREEPY VOICE

-Chickens.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

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I know, it's scary!

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No, you're standing on me toe!

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Oh, yes. Sorry, yes.

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I like chickens.

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'We've got to move these chickens to a brand new home.'

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Right, here goes.

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'Now, in theory, it should be a piece of cake

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-'to catch the first one.'

-And...

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There you go. Sorted.

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That was easy, wasn't it?

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It only took ten seconds.

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-I know, but Mildred is an ex-battery chicken with a broken leg.

-Right.

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She's not the problem, but thanks anyway.

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You see that sleek black one over there with the long legs?

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That's Squash.

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-Good luck.

-Ah.

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Not a problem. Observe.

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-Come on.

-'The feathered fiend that Dick is failing to keep up with

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'is a Rosecomb Bantam.' It's gone underneath!

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'These cheeky little chickens aren't great at laying eggs,

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'they are good at running...'

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Quick!

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'..Fast! Certainly a lot faster than Dick.'

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He's gone in the hutch. Get in there, through that little hole.

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Come on, Squash. Nah.

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Right...

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I'm going in.

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Step one, remove door.

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Step two, remove chicken.

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Come on! Get in!

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Well done, you're doing a really good job so far.

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Right, back in. This is it.

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I'm going to close the entrance off with my body.

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'You lot, don't go chasing any chickens at home, OK?

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-'If you keep chickens at home. They won't like it.'

-Aaah!

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HE LAUGHS

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Yes! Now how do I get out?

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Do you need a hand?

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Help!

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And that's how you catch a chicken named Squash.

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And this is how you release them into their new enclosure.

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Ladies first...

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-Hi, Mildred.

-There you go.

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So there we are, Squash and Mildred in their new coup with less poop.

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-Well, you've got most of it on your jacket, to be fair.

-Lovely.

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Come on, old bean.

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Let's hose you down, you chicken chaser!

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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

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At the animal sanctuary in Lancashire,

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Ada and Bianca are assisting some animals who have had a hard time.

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Next is the doggies' retirement home,

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where one of the oldies is in need of a bath.

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-Who's this?

-This is Tyson, he's one of our elderly dogs.

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-OK.

-He's about nine or ten.

-Is this like an old people's home?

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This is pretty much an old people's home just for dogs.

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-Do dogs get like humans? Do they get crankier with age?

-Some of them.

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It is more the medical needs,

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arthritis, your typical old people's problems.

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'Ten-year-old Tyson's problem

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'is that he can't stop weeing all over himself, the poor lad.'

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-So he wets the bed every night.

-Oh.

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And being a big hairy dog,

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it all gets in his fur, so we have to wash him quite a lot.

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It sounds like a nice job(!)

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So which of you two is going to wash the wee-smelling dog?

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-I think it's probably a team effort, don't you?

-Yeah, definitely.

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'Without regular baths,

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'Tyson's fur would become matted and his skin would get sore.

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'By washing off the wee, the girls can get him comfortable and clean.'

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This doesn't look like a bath.

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It doesn't look like the bath that you or I would go in,

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but it is a doggy bath.

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-Girls, are you ready?

-BOTH: Yeah.

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There's two of you, there's one dog. How difficult can it be?

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'Better get some protection on. It might get a "wee" bit wet in there!'

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The amount of gunk that came out.

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That must be quite acidic on the skin?

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So from about here...

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just put the line of shampoo down him and the other one has to rub it in.

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Bianca, you missed a spot. You've got to get where all the wee is.

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I saw you trying to get out of it. Go on!

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-Go on, the leg!

-No!

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I need you to scrub in there and on the inside of his legs, please.

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Go on, Ada. Think of the poor doggy.

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'Come on, girls, get stuck in!'

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It's good that we do this for him because he'll feel better.

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I know it is not the nicest job, but it is good for him.

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'Finally, the job is nearly over.'

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The water's coming out nice and clean now.

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'Phew! I bet he feels better about that.

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'Towels at the ready.'

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Towel. Towel.

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Eeeew!

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It's a good job he did it when he was clean and not before.

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'Lots of gorgeous dogs like Tyson have problems with their health

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'and thanks to places like this, they have a better life. Great job.'

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Luke, what do we do now?

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Tyson's going to go back to his bed, a nice heated kennel

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-and probably have a sleep.

-Great.

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Time for a little old man dose by the fire.

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Come on, girls, well done.

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Round, go that way!

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'But how will Ada and Bianca get on

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'when they have to giddy-up some very small gee-gees?'

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-Who'd have thought a tiny horse could cause so much trouble?

-I know!

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At Wildwood Trust in Kent,

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animal lover Elise is trying to prove to her mate, Abbie,

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that animals are ace.

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And what better than one of Britain's finest?

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You're getting to do something that no members of the public get to do.

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You're behind the scenes, in one of the animals' enclosures.

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-But which animal is it, Karen?

-It's a badger.

-A badger.

-Oh dear.

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Why, "Oh dear"?

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-I don't like them.

-How can you not like a badger?

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-They go around and curl up in balls.

-But they're cute and fluffy!

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-Why does she not like badgers, Elise?

-I don't really know.

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Because they're like... pillows, kind of.

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They have teeth and they can snarl at you and...

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Badgers are nocturnal animals. How will we see one in the daytime?

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Our badger is hand-reared, so he'll come out when I call him.

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-So you're his mummy?

-Yes.

-Ready to meet the badger, girls?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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And here he is. Bore is a fully-grown male

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who's been living here since he was a cub

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and he's not fussy about what he eats.

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He's quite happy chomping away on earthworms, beetles,

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mice, frogs, acorns, bulbs and fruit.

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'Don't worry, Abbie, he won't chomp on you.

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'Bore is a very friendly badger.'

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What do you think, Abbie?

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It's OK because he's not hurting me or snorting.

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I don't know why you don't like them. Are you scared of it?

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I'm not scared of it.

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It's because I've heard stories that they've bit people

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and they can be snarly and aggressive.

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Badgers in the wild can be aggressive,

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but the ones in captivity are handled regularly

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so they're very tame.

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So this is a hand-reared badger. What does that mean?

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He was found when he was very young.

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His mum wasn't there so someone took him in

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and they bottle-fed him day and night

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until he was old enough to eat for himself.

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'Not all the animals here are as healthy as Bore though,

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'and Abbie and Elise are about to meet a very poorly badger

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'who's being examined by Sophie, the vet.'

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-So this is Mouse.

-BOTH: Aaaww.

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She was brought to us by a member of the public.

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As you can see, she looks slightly different to the other badgers.

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She's got quite a shortened face and we've taken X-rays of her skull.

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She's grown up with a congenital defect

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and now what that's going to mean - sorry sweetheart -

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is that she's not going to do as well in the wild as we would hope.

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'Sadly, Mouse's deformities will also be causing her pain and discomfort

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'which means Sophie has had to make a very difficult decision.'

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Unfortunately, the best thing for her will be to put her to sleep.

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Is there anything you could do to help her?

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There's things we can do to make the quality of life better,

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but with Mouse, she's starting off on the back foot

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and unfortunately, there's nothing we can do to change that situation.

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Oh, that's so sad.

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Oh, she's very sweet and I've sort of changed my mind a bit...

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I kind of care for her a bit more.

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It's upsetting that Mouse won't make it back to the wild,

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but she's had the very best care there is

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and the staff here have done everything they can for her.

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Sadly, not every animal story has a happy ending.

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Bye, Mouse.

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'But, at least Abbie and Elise can do some more to help animals in need

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'when they become hairdressers to a fluffy fox later on.'

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There's loads coming off.

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Oooh!

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First, it's time to meet a fatherly fish.

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One, two, three.

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-What are you doing?

-I'm keeping jelly babies in my mouth for Sophie.

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-What?

-I'm keeping the jelly babies...

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Oh, yes, I see, just like the Cardinal Fish dad over here

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who's a mouthbrooding fish,

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who keeps the eggs and the babies in the mouth to keep them safe.

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DICK MUMBLES

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I'm glad you asked that

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because when they're ready to give birth,

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they spit all of the babies into this sea urchin here,

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with the nice sharp spiky spikes.

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That protects the little babies

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and the sea urchin feeds off the baby fish poo.

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'Ada and Bianca, who aren't the biggest fans of horses,

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'are trotting along nicely at the sanctuary in Lancashire.

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'Just one more job for the girls - putting the ponies to bed.'

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Right, then. What are we doing here?

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Two small ponies in here, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

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We're going to get the girls to see if we can get hold of them,

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put some head collars on them and give them a walk.

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And if we've got time, give them a brushing.

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Are you up for that? BOTH: Yeah.

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These miniature ponies were found abandoned by the side of a motorway.

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They're a stubborn little pair

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who don't want to be told what to do and when to go to bed.

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Catching them is going to be easier said than done.

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Round, go that way.

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-Ada, quick!

-We're going to have to follow them down, girls.

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'We're getting a right run-around here.'

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Once they're used to you, they'll be friendly.

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OK, you go over that way and we'll go over this way.

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'At last, the girls have got them cornered.'

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'To get those ponies into the stables,

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'they might have to try a new tactic.

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'These tempting treats might work.'

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We managed to catch our first one.

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We had to go to plan B and bribe them with a bit of food.

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So, I do believe this one is yours.

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It's just like holding a dog.

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Have you got the lead? Brilliant.

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'Ada tries the same trick with Tweedledee.'

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I don't think it's going to come.

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It's a clever horse.

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Come on.

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'Oh, so close!'

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-Who'd have thought a tiny horse could cause so much trouble?

-I know!

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-Are you tired, girls?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, a bit.

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'Then, despite everyone's best efforts,

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'she just decides to trot into the stables on her own.'

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'Finally, a brush-down before they hit the hay.'

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Very knotty hair.

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It feels like...if you haven't washed your hair for a few days.

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It feels a bit greasy.

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You're doing a great job grooming them

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and you've had a fantastic day as well.

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You've done really good today. Ada, what's been your best bit?

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The best bit was probably...

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when we were chasing the horse for ages and ages and ages.

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-What about you, Bianca?

-I liked preparing the food for the donkeys

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and letting them out and things.

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Good, so you've had a really good day

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-and has your view on these beautiful animals changed a bit?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Well done, girls, you've done a fantastic job.

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Keep brushing, keep working and as soon as they've been well groomed,

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they're going to get some scrap.

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Two girls, who thought that horses were horrid

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are now tickled pink about ponies.

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Back in Kent, Elise, the animal lover,

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and Abbie, who wasn't bothered about beasts,

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are about to help feed a mystery creature.

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So what do you think this is?

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-A baby wolf.

-Yeah, a baby wolf.

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-It's not. Another guess?

-A skunk.

-No.

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-Cat?

-Is it some sort of dog?

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Dog family, yes.

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This is an Arctic fox.

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The Arctic foxes don't live in this country any more.

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They used to, about 10,000 years ago - the last Ice Age.

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They live in the Arctic now.

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-Is that why they're called Arctic fox?

-That's it.

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And in the winter she goes really white and really fluffy

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and then she'll put on up to 30% of her body weight

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to keep her insulated through the winter.

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They can survive up to minus 50 degrees in the wild

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and they don't shiver.

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Did she say minus 50?

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That's three times colder than your kitchen freezer,

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but that doesn't mean that Fleck eats fish fingers and ice cream.

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No, no, she's much happier with raw meat.

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Are you kidding? You're not kidding me, are you?

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-I can't look.

-Is it dead?

-Yeah, they're dead.

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-Do they eat the whole thing?

-Yes, the whole thing, head first.

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-She chews the head off and eats the rest.

-And the bones?

-Yes.

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-Do they eat fur?

-They eat everything.

-Eew!

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Do you want to put them around the place?

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Why is she moving the chickens around?

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She's burying them for later, so once we leave,

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she'll come back and dig them all up again.

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'Being an Arctic fox, you won't see Fleck or her friends

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wandering around the British countryside today.

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But, there are a number of native red foxes here too.

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-This is Mo.

-Is this the kind of fox you would see in your city?

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Yep, she's a red fox.

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Mo's quite old now.

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I don't think she wants to be picked up from her lovely sleep.

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No, she doesn't really like it that much!

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She's quite tame, yeah?

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She is quite tame, yes.

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This is Mo and she's not moulted her winter coat properly

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so she needs to have a brush to give her a hand with moulting.

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Who's got the brush? Come on, Abbie.

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'In the wild, Mo would be groomed by other foxes and hunt her own food,

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'but foxes in captivity often need a little helping hand.

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'Don't you try brushing any foxes though! No, no, no.'

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Do they eat the same thing as Arctic foxes?

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Yes, they eat slightly more because they're bigger.

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-You're working it there, Abbie. There's loads coming off.

-Oooh!

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'It's an amazing transformation for Abbie.

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'Earlier today, she didn't care for anything furry

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'and now here she is, gladly grooming old Mo.'

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So is that enough brushing now, Karen?

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Yes, I think we got most of it out.

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We're going to put her back into the main enclosure with all the others.

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'So there we have it. One freshly, beautifully, brushed fox,

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'providing the perfect end to the perfect day.'

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-What was your favourite animal?

-Arctic fox.

-I liked the badger.

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-He was cool. What about the rats?

-Really funny.

-That was quite fun.

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At the beginning of the day, Abbie, you weren't interested in wildlife,

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but we set out to prove that you could be

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by looking after some animals for the day.

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-Do you think we've done that, Elise?

-Yeah.

-Abbie?

-Almost.

-Almost.

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That will do, won't it? That's a result for me!

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Ada and Bianca get busy at an animal sanctuary as they scrub up smelly dogs - but will they be able to round up the flighty rescued horses? Elise and Abbie smell a rat at the wildlife trust, but will they get the cold shoulder from Fleck the Arctic fox? And Dick plays chicken with a racing rooster in need of a house relocation.


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