Episode 13 Dick 'N' Dom Go Wild


Episode 13

Wildlife show. James and Isaac get in a flap with a bald eagle while Chelsie and Kaila fawn over a fawn.


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This show features professionals

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working with potentially dangerous animals.

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

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Did you know that there are people all around the country

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who work their socks off

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to help wounded wildlife and poorly pets?

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And we've got VIP passes for some willing helpers

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who will get stuck in

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at vets, wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres.

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On today's show, James and Isaac get in a flap with a bald eagle,

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and give a dog's teeth a polish at the doggie dentist.

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Chelsie and Kayla fawn over a fawn,

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get badgered by a badger

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and set free a fox.

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And we give a fishy treat to a pup in need of plumping up.

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-OK, let go.

-Yes.

-Yay!

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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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In this series we've been to forests, farms and freezing beaches,

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but animals don't just live in the countryside,

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so I'm going to an inner city vet's practice in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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'Joining me are two chaps who are always up for fun and games.

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'Meet Isaac and James from West Yorkshire.

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'Let's not pull any punches, Isaac isn't into animals.'

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I just really don't like them at all.

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OK, that's fair enough, I suppose.

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Are there any animals you really aren't potty about?

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I can't stand a dog.

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Thankfully, loads of animals are a real hit with James.

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I like dogs, I like hamsters, guinea pigs, spiders.

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My favourite animal is a monkey because they swing from trees,

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they're cheeky and they like bananas.

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So, one who's anti-animals and the other who's positive about pets.

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These two are going to drive me up the wall.

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I could have a fight on my hands bringing Isaac to James's thinking.

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Boys, drop everything

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and get yourselves along to the vet's practice.

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Yes, madam, we'll have your snake's legs fixed in no time.

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And the same to you.

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Ah, Isaac, James, how are you?

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So, Isaac, basically you don't really like animals.

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No, beside rats. They're cool.

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You're the only person I've met that likes rats.

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-Right, and James, you like animals?

-Yeah.

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-We've got to get him round to your way of thinking.

-Yeah.

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So, to become vet's assistants put these on.

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So, get them on and let's get started.

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'Yes, what better place to come than a practice full

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'of weird and wonderful creatures in need of a hand?

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'Not to mention Isaac's least favourite animals.

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'It's on with the outfits as they become vet's assistants for a day.

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'Looking good!

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'Let's get down to business, helping Rachel on reception.'

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Next, please!

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'What do you know?

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'Their first patient is Isaac's least favourite animal.'

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-Hi.

-Morning.

-This is Pixie, is it?

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-This is Pixie.

-Is she in for a dental today?

-Yes.

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'Pixie is a 12-year-old dog who was found wandering the streets.

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'Her owners didn't want her,

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'but she now has someone who looks after her.'

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-That's lovely, thanks very much.

-Bye.

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'The boys' first job is to check Pixie to see she's healthy.'

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OK, so the first thing we do is to weigh Pixie.

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-What does that read, Isaac?

-Nine kilograms.

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OK, that's a healthy weight, now we'll get her checked by a vet.

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Let's go this way.

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And there's loads more work for the lads

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later down at the doggie dentist.

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But first, let's see what Dom's team are doing in Surrey.

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I'm at the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Centre which looks after

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British wildlife in peril, whether fun and furry or scaly and scary.

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Luckily, we've got two helpers.

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Meet Kayla and Chelsie, two girls from the West Country

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who do not get into a spin about wildlife.

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Chelsie may be an expert in karate

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but she's not a black belt in beasts.

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All they do is look at you, stare and then eat

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and then they stare and then they go to sleep and sometimes they poo.

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Yeah, it smells.

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'Kayla thinks animals are boring.'

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They're not really that exciting. They can't talk.

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That's why I don't like animals, if they could talk I'd like them

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cos you could have a conversation with them. They're boring.

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'These girls don't make a song and dance about animals.

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'Jump to it, you two, and we'll see what we can do to change your mind.'

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Girls, girls, girls, hello.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-All right?

-Yep.

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Kayla, you are bored by badgers, daunted by dogs,

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-frightened by foxes, yeah?

-Yep.

-What are you doing here?

-I don't know.

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-OK. And Chelsie, you think animals stink of?

-Poo!

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They do sometimes, I suppose. We're going to have a great day.

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I've got someone that wants to meet you.

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'This place looks after more than 1,000 wild animals every year.

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'Today it's got a two more helpers.

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'First up, the girls will report to the boss.'

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This is Anne, she'll be guiding you today. What will they be doing?

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They'll be meeting different types of wildlife that you don't see normally.

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At the end of the day you'll love them all.

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'Surely a baby deer will get these two girls whooping about wildlife.

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'This two month old fawn is called Lafiki.

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'Lafiki was found when he was two weeks old, crying for his mum,

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'and so hungry that he couldn't stand up by himself.

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'The team have been nursing him back to health

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'and they'll look after him until he can survive back in the wild.'

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-Kayla, have you ever seen a fawn before?

-No.

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-Never touched one?

-No.

-OK.

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-Are you interested in meeting one?

-A little bit.

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-Anne, they're not very enthusiastic.

-We'll change that.

-Yeah?

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Yeah, we'll lift their spirits. I think the animals will do that.

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'Because Lafiki doesn't have a mum, he's bottle-fed his milk.

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'So, that'll be the girls' first job.

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'How will they fare when they try to feed the very hungry baby deer?'

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James and Isaac are helping Jason the vet

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check Pixie is ready for the dentist.

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Because she's quite old, we're going to check her heart.

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I'll let you listen.

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Do you want to make the noise you can hear?

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Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum.

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'Pixie's heartbeat is strong. She'll be safe to undergo an anaesthetic.

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'And while she's under it looks like she needs a good polish.'

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Look at those. Can you see that plaque?

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She might need some teeth out. A good reason to clean your teeth, eh?

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So what's going to happen to Pixie today, then?

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She'll get her teeth scaled and polished,

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and if any teeth need removed, we'll pull those out.

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'Before that can happen, Pixie needs an ID tag

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'so she doesn't get mixed up with any of the other dogs

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'visiting the vets today.'

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You're going for orange, nice.

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OK, so could James please write Pixie's name on here?

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'Pixie is a member of the Oldies Club, an organisation

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'that looks after elderly and unwanted dogs.'

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If she's at the Oldies Club, does that mean she has no owner?

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She used to have an owner but they didn't want her any more,

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so yeah, someone looks after her for the time being,

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then someone hopefully will have her full-time.

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'So, it's on with Pixie's ID collar.

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'And just for good measure, one on her lead, too.'

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Excellent. Now, shall we find her a comfortable kennel?

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-Good plan.

-Lovely.

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'Dog-lover James leads Pixie and Isaac is also getting into

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'the swing of this canine game.

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'We'll catch up with them later to see how the dentist's goes.

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'Let's hope it goes down better than her breath.'

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It's smells like sausages.

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I don't know what sausages you've been eating.

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'Chelsie and Kayla aren't wild about wildlife

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'but they're about to feed a fawn in an animal rescue centre.'

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Here we have Lafiki. Now, who's going to feed him?

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You are? You were the least keen in the first place, weren't you?

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So how are you feeling about it now? Nervous?

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-Yeah.

-You'll be all right.

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There you are.

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Thankfully, Lafiki doesn't really care who feeds him.

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He just wants his breakfast.

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He's desperate for a drink.

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Hold the milk up at an angle.

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Hold it high up here. Have you got it now?

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Cos if it was his mum he'd be stretching up to drink the milk.

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'Lafiki is a fallow deer. When he grows up he will be huge.'

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When he's fully grown he's going to be enormous with big antlers.

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You're only a baby, aren't you?

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He's a mammal,

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so he'd have lots of attention and grooming from his parents.

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He likes being touched and he needs attention cos he's only young.

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'It's time for Chelsie's milk duty.'

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-I'll give it a shot.

-Yeah?

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And Lafiki's enjoying breakfast so much he doesn't even stop

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when nature calls.

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It's in one end and out the other. just the same as babies.

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Well done, Chelsie.

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Once brekky's gone, Lafiki hunts for more, anywhere he can.

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He tries Chelsea's trainers.

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-Lafiki, no.

-"Me?!"

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And even our film crew.

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He's eating the director's trousers.

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'Don't worry about it, Lafiki gets well fed here,

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'but it's time for us to go.'

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So, girls, have you enjoyed the experience?

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Yep, I enjoyed it.

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You enjoyed it? It was nice? Chelsie, what about you?

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It's OK, but I need more convincing.

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-So you need some more work to do?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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-We've got just the thing for you later.

-Yeah? Let's go.

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How will the girls do later when they feed some bitier beasts?

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This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this close.

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BADGER SNORTS

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Ha, ha, ha, yes.

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First, it's time to get someone's flippers in a flap.

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Ah, this is the life...

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Deck chair, relaxation,

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Rich out to work, the beautiful scenery of...

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Oh. Ah, yes, hello, Lindsay.

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Look at him, he's like a coiled spring.

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He can't wait to help out with anything animal related,

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so what have you got for him?

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Lindsay, I'm here to help.

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Excellent, well I've got a nice job for you. Our friend is a seal,

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so you need to put a little earring in his flipper so we know who he is.

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So when he goes for his last bit of rehab with the big resident seals

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we know who he is by what number of tag he is.

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I'll put a stretcher over him. You'll jump on him, keep him still.

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-What do you mean "jump on him"?

-Dom'll put his earring in.

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Hang on a minute, I'm reading about da facts.

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I'm not going to pierce no flipper.

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'Well, it's time to do our bit for conservation.'

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OK, Rich, you need to sit around.

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'David, the seal, needs an individual ID tag

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'so the conservationists can check on how he's doing in the wild.'

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Quick, put your knees down. You want to get his left flipper out.

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'This won't hurt a bit.'

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-About there?

-Yeah. 1, 2, 3, go! That's it, pull it.

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'That's not so bad, is it?'

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A Little spray so it doesn't get infected.

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'There's just time for a fishy treat.'

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Down a little bit for him.

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OK, let go.

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-Yay!

-In she goes.

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I just want to cuddle David, to be honest.

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He looks so lovable and gorgeous with those big puppy dog eyes.

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But I shouldn't, should I?

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No! He looks cute and cuddly,

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and they're described as having teddy bear faces,

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but they have a nasty bite.

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He is a wild animal and this is the way we want to keep him,

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so we don't want him to get used to us and we don't want him to kiss us.

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Well done, boys. You did a great job. David's tagged and fed,

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so job's a good'un.

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A big round of applause for David.

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That's the sea lion, boys, not a seal.

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I've never felt so foolish.

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'James, who loves animals,

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'and Isaac, who doesn't, are on the move at a vet's in Newcastle.

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'They're assisting vet Emma in a bit of doggy dentistry.

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'While Isaac isn't struck on animals, he does like the strangest things.'

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Do you like going to the dentist?

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Yeah. I look forward to going.

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-What?! You like going to the dentist?!

-Yeah.

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-I love it. I love the smell.

-The smell?! What's wrong with you?!

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I don't know.

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Well, let's see if Pixie likes it.

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'Let the procedure begin.'

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Dr Dick is ready!

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'Enough messing around, time to sort Pixie's teeth.

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'Pixie was given an anaesthetic so she doesn't feel pain.

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'Now vet Emma can get to work.'

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Can you see all the tartar that's been building up?

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I'm going to crack it off and the teeth are underneath.

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-Oh, it stinks.

-That's the tartar that smells really bad.

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It's like plaque on our teeth, isn't it?

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It is, yeah.

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-It smells like sausages!

-I don't know what sausages you eat!

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DRILL WHIZZES

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That's an awful sound.

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Like when you're having a filling and they get the drill.

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I thought you liked the dentist?

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That's a dog dentist, it's different.

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'Just like humans, dogs lose their first set of teeth

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'when they're young, before growing their adult set of 42 teeth,

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'10 more than a human.

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'If Pixie does need some teeth taking out, she'll cope just fine.

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'But Emma would rather just give them a good clean-up.'

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-Do dogs have fillings?

-They can if there's a broken tooth

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and the pulp is exposed,

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which is where the nerves and blood supply are.

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We can drill that all out and fill it with a filler.

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So they keep the tooth but they don't feel pain or get infections.

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Do any teeth need removing?

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I don't think so.

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There's a hole, but it's just a gap between two teeth,

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so I'm just going to leave them.

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'So, there'll been no visit from the tooth fairy,

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'but, if you ask me, James and Isaac could earn

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'some cash by signing up as vet's assistants.

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'We've awoken Isaac's interest in animals.

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'And speaking of waking up...'

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-So she's coming round now. How are you feeling, guys?

-Good.

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-Enjoyed it?

-Yeah.

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We'll just let her recover a little bit further

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and then we'll put her in a kennel and check later.

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-So, she's ok?

-She's all fine. Clean teeth, clean bill of health.

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'But how will the boys do when they have to wing it with a raptor?

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This is probably the most impressive birds you'll meet.

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Yeah, it's amazing.

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'Chelsea and Kayla don't care much for animals, so we've taken them

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'to a wildlife rescue centre to meet some furry friends.'

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-What have you spotted?

-Badger.

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This one's going back into the wild soon, is that right?

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Yeah, he is, yeah.

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'Bill the badger was taken in by the team here

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'when he was just a tiny cub after his mum was killed by a car.

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'They're planning to release him, but they need to check his health.'

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Hello, Bill, look.

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What's wrong?

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-Scared!

-Why, what do you think Bill's going to do?

-Bite me.

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This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this close.

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BADGER SNORTS

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"Ha, ha, ha, yeah, it is."

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'Bill is only this friendly because he's been hand-reared.

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'You lot should not go near a badger.

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'They only usually come out at night.

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'And talking of things that only come out at night,

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'meet Brian May, the 1970s rock legend.

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'He was lead guitarist with a band called Queen.

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'They sold over 300 million albums worldwide.

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'If you're wondering why he's here,

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'legendary rocker Brian is an animal lover.'

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I love these creatures.

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All animals deserve a break and every animal matters.

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I don't know what you think about him, do you like him?

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He's all right.

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He's not doing anybody any harm, is he? He's a lovely little boy.

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Are you a little bit more interested than when you first arrived?

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-Yeah.

-Brian, I think that's a bit of a start.

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'It looks like Brian's affection

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'for Bill is starting to win the girls over.'

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-How can you not love him?

-He's cute.

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But before he can go into the woods, he needs to be checked for illness.

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Vet nurse Hazel is testing him for a disease called TB,

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which causes breathing difficulty and is very infectious.

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If I can get one of you to hold that for me.

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That's the blood tube.

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If Bill does have TB, he certainly won't be released.

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How are you feeling about this at the moment?

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It's a bit nerve-wracking, isn't it?

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Yeah, a bit tense.

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'We're about to find out the results of Billy's blood test.'

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I'll be sad if it it's like...

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If he has to be put down.

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'A result of negative would be good news,

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because it would mean that Bill doesn't have TB.'

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-So, what do you think Billy is?

-Negative?

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Yeah, I reckon he's negative!

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So that means Billy's all right!

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'So, it's a belting result for Bill and Brian.'

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-Girls, happy?

-Yeah.

-Happy about that news?

-Yeah.

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And most of all, Billy, how are you feeling about it?

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You happy? You going to go back into the woods?

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'But will Chelsea and Kayla manage to get some foxes

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'on the road to freedom later?'

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Disgusting.

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First, it's time to meet a miniscule mouse.

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I just can't see anything.

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-They are Britain's smallest rodents, the harvest mouse.

-Oh!

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Heads or tails?

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-Tails.

-Tails it is, yes.

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These mice have prehensile tails, which means it's like a monkey.

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They can swing on things.

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Which is a good as they build their nests above ground level.

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-Heads or tails?

-Would it help you if I said heads?

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Heads, it is! And they, of course, have heads with very big ears,

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because they've got very good hearing and very good eyesight, as well.

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-Heads or tails?

-What's this one for?

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This is to spruce up the trees and the hairy bits?

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You mean to clean out the poo?

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-Yes! Heads or tails?

-Tails?

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Yes, you lose! So, there you are. Be careful cos they only weigh

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as much as this 20p piece,

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which I'm going to use to buy a cup of tea.

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Yes, umm...

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Oh.

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Earlier, we met James and Isaac, who isn't bothered about beasts.

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Well, if there's one animal that might turn his head,

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it's this great big bird.

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It's not the kind of thing you're likely to see in Britain.

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In fact, Akorah is from a bird centre,

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and he's here today to see if he needs an identity chip fitted.

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Time to introduce him to James and Isaac.

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All right, boys?

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This gentleman has bought a very special bird in.

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Any clues what sort of bird it is?

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-An Eagle?

-Very good. What sort of eagle?

-Bald eagle.

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Well spotted. He wears that hood in new places

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so he doesn't get frightened.

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Why have they got, you know, the bumpy things on their feet?

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These are scales, to protect the feet. Nice and hard.

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Are their feet dangerous?

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Yes, they kill animals, they kill salmon, they kill rabbits with them.

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They hold them with the front three toes, and the long one at the back,

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is the one that kills. It goes in like a knife.

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'Rare birds like these can be very valuable, so it's important

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'they can be traced. So vet Jason's going to fit a microchip.'

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We know it hasn't got a microchip,

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so we'll get our glamorous assistant through.

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'As well as having super-sharp claws,

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'the wingspan of bald eagles can reach two and a half metres.

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'So, probably not the best pet material.

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'All right, there's no need to get in a flap.'

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So Gerry's now going to put a blanket over its wings.

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He can put it on to its side.

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'With Akorah settled down,

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'Jason can insert the chip that will show anyone who he belongs to.'

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And the reason we put it there

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is so that unscrupulous people don't remove it.

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'James double checks the chip,

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'and it's time to let Akorah spread his wings.

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'Before the boys get some hands-on experience

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'with one of nature's most majestic birds of prey.'

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How does it feel, boys?

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A bit like a normal feather, but a bit smoother.

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-This morning you weren't interested in animals, were you, Isaac?

-No.

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But now you're standing by a bald eagle.

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Not many people get to do this.

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This is one of the most impressive birds you'll meet.

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-It's amazing!

-You don't just like rats any more?

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Well, I still like rats, but every other animal, I like.

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I think we've done our job. There's one last thing to do.

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'To round off a pretty perfect day, Pixie is now wide awake

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'and ready to be reunited with her canine carer.'

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James has a present for you.

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Pixie the dog, the new star, all in good health.

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-You can take her home.

-Excellent. Thank you very much.

-No problem.

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'Tatty-bye, Pixie, the pooch with a pearly white smile.'

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'Back in Surrey, Chelsea and Kayla weren't bothered about animals.'

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Come on, then, girls. Come in here.

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'This is a den of fox cubs who are just five months old.'

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They were this big when they came in, and very cute. She's a lady now.

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'That one is Cynthia, the boss fox.

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'All the foxes here were taken in as orphan cubs by Anne and her team.

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She came in with some tummy injuries.

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The people that found her didn't actually know it was a fox cub.

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They phoned a cattery first, thinking it was a kitten.

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Kayla, you were, not anti-fox beforehand,

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but you weren't overly keen on foxes, were you?

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What do you think now you've got one rummaging by your feet?

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It's all right. It's not as scary as I thought it would be.

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'Today is a big day for this fox and her friends.

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'They're being soft released.

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'They'll be able to come back to this pen,

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'but they can go out into the world for the first time.'

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Girls, the stage is yours.

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'The girls put dog food in a line to lead the foxes to the doorway

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'and into the open space.'

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Disgusting.

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'Cynthia looks keen.

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'But don't forget, these aren't pets,

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'so don't try feeding foxes yourself!'

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It looks like Cynthia's kind of following the trail.

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She keeps going back, having a little buffet

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and then going back to her sofa!

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'The dog food's down. It's time to open the door.'

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Come here, what's this? Job's a good 'un.

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'Job is a good 'un, Chelsea.

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'The girls put a bit more of that dog food outside

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'to tempt the foxes into the open.

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'All we can do now is sit and wait.'

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This is one of those things that could either take five minutes

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or five hours.

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Look, she's coming.

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'This is the first chance they've ever had to leave their pen.

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'Cynthia is the first to show an interest.'

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Is she going?

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'She plucks up the courage quicker than Anne and Brian expected.'

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Hooray, Cynthia! Hooray!

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It worked!

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'The other cubs will follow Cynthia when they're good and ready.'

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-She's looking around.

-A little explorer. Oh, she's gone.

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'For now, Cynthia has a new life out in the woods.'

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-Have you seen her again since she went into the bushes?

-No.

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-She's well set up to get out there.

-A proud moment for you?

-Fantastic.

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I feel a bit choked, really. I don't know about you?

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I think you guys have done an amazing job lending a hand.

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Yeah, thanks for helping us out. It's really good.

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-I bet you'll remember it.

-Yeah.

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'So, that's Chelsea and Kayla won over by wildlife.

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'And to help them remember the day,

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'they should at least get a souvenir.'

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Your prize for being so wonderful is some leftover dog food. No?

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Are you sure?

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James and Isaac get in a flap with a bald eagle and give an old dog's toothypegs a polish at the doggy dentist. Chelsie and Kaila fawn over a fawn, get badgered by a badger and set free a fox. And Dick and Dom issue fishy treats to a seal pup in need of plumping up.


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