Episode 15 Dick 'N' Dom Go Wild


Episode 15

Wildlife show. Dominic and Simran put an otter in a bath, and Daniel and Aaron gather goats, spy spiders and ogle owls.


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This show features professionals working with dangerous animals.

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So, do not try this at home.

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'Did you know that now, right now, there's people across the country

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'who are working to help wounded wildlife and poorly pets?

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'We've managed to get VIP passes for some willing helpers

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'to get stuck in at vets, wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres.'

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You're free!

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'On today's show, Dom and Simran put an otter in a bath.

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'And Winnie the weasel winds herself back to the wild.

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'Daniel and Aaron gather goats, spy spiders and ogle owls

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'at a seriously busy sanctuary.'

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Very...very...hard!

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'And I become a warm-up act to a comedy donkey. No joking!'

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DONKEY BRAYS

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'It's tough and dirty work, but someone's got to do it.'

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Today, I'm in Somerset, at the Secret World Wildlife Centre.

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Each year, they look after 4,000 sick, injured or orphaned animals.

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From hurt hedgehogs to bashed up badgers, they've seen it all.

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I'm not sure about the name - it's the world's worst kept secret.

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They even have a big sign!

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'This place is a hospital and orphanage for wildlife

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'set up in a converted farmhouse.

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'Animals in need of assistance are brought here for emergency help

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'and given time and space to recover after injury or illness.

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'Helping hands are always welcome.

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'Meet Dominic and Simran, two pals from London.

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'Dominic is fighting for the right to have a pet.

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'And he's not winning!'

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I have no pets, mainly because my mum doesn't have the time.

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'Mum, is this true?'

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I don't mind animals, they're just messy and the expense of it.

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'Luckily, Simran has a dog, but one dog between them

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'is about as good as it gets.'

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Around here, we don't get to see much wildlife.

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And now there's a chance to go and check out some.

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'You said it, so let's get up and running at a Somerset sanctuary.'

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-Sim, Dom, Dom, Sim, Dick, how are you?

-Fine.

-Good.

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I know a Dom, he's nearly as tall as you!

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-So, Dom, you're not allowed animals.

-No. My mum's quite against them.

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And, Sim? Got any experience with wildlife? Anything you don't like?

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Tarantulas, cobras and...scorpions.

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Creepy crawlies. You don't like spiders. Well, it just so happens

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that what we've got here in this box is a very rare species.

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If you'd like to just have a look inside...there!

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Ah, it's my breakfast. Lovely!

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-It's a croissant! What's the problem? Want some?

-No, thanks.

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'With breakfast in the bag, it's time to help some animals.'

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Look at this. Not many people get to come in here. This is Pauline.

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-This is Sim and Dom.

-Hello.

-What are we doing first?

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-It's going to be hedgehogs.

-Aw!

-I'll let you start with that.

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'Hedgehogs - Britain's only spiney mammal

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'who help out gardeners by snacking on slugs and insects.

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'They're often accidentally injured by lawnmowers and hedge trimmers.

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'Each year, over 500 end up here.

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'And all need constant daily care.'

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These were found out during the day yesterday. They came in last night.

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We've got to find out about them.

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-Can you catch one and pop it in there?

-Come on.

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-That's it. Just run your fingers underneath. Well done.

-Hello.

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-Dom, you can get the next one out.

-OK. Come on.

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'Stage one done, the hedgehogs have left the cage. Now the dirty bit.'

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Can you just use your finger to get the food and put it on the paper?

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-How often do you have to clean this and feed them?

-Three times a day.

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We clean them at the same time. There's food and poo everywhere,

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which you've seen.

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-Did you think you'd be doing this this morning?

-Not really!

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'OK, Operation Clean-up is complete.'

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-What we want to do now is weigh them.

-Why do they have to get weighed?

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We need to know how much they're putting weight on.

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We need to know how much they weigh.

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'Look at that, Dom's straight in there. Good man!'

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-How much does that one weigh?

-0.30.

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30 grams, that's hardly anything, isn't it?

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And we're seeing it walk. We can check it's using its feet properly,

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which it is, isn't it?

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'He needs to increase his weight by ten times before he can run free.'

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If I can show you, these are old enough to curl into a ball.

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If we try that...

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BOTH: Aw!

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Feel how sharp he is now, compared to when you picked him up.

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He's got all his spines up to protect himself, really.

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-So how many spines do you think there is over a hedgehog?

-500.

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-No, more than that.

-1,000?

-Even more than that.

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-5,000, they reckon. 5,000 spines on a hedgehog's body.

-That's a lot.

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They're a little under weight, so the sooner we feed them, the better.

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'Dom and Sim must move on to Operation Feed-up later,

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'but will the hogs be up for eating and getting up to target weight?

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'Dom is learning what sanctuary life is like the other end of England.'

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Today, I'm at the Sanctuary Wildlife Centre in Northumberland.

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'It may not be big but to the wildlife here, it's beautiful.

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'From docile donkeys to delinquent ducks and terrifying tarantulas,

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'the staff do their best to turn these animals' lives around.

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'And this place needs its fair share of volunteers.

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'Which is what we have here - Aaron and Daniel.

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'These guys are gamers and think animals are a switch-off.'

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-Sheeps.

-Boring. I'm bored!

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-Chickens.

-Boring.

-Brilliant!

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-Cows are good. They give milk. I like milk.

-No...beef.

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'It's not just farmyard animals the boys aren't bothered about.'

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I am scared of snakes.

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'Ah, so on paper, things ain't looking too good.

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'Let's see what the headlines at the sanctuary are.'

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Boy, boys. Aaron, Daniel, how are you doing?

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Aaron, I know that you're scared of snakes,

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but controversially, you wouldn't mind a pet lion.

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-Lions protect you.

-Lions protect you, yeah,

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they could also go for your jugular, but I see where you're coming from.

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-So you don't like snakes. What are you scared of?

-Spiders.

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We'll try and stay clear of them today.

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-Also, you find British wildlife dull.

-Yes.

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Today, I can promise you it will be the complete opposite of dull.

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It's going to be...un-dull. Un-dull!

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Or it's going to be dulless... The opposite of dull - "llud".

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Forget it, come on.

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'First, goats. These would be homeless without this place.'

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-Eileen, how are you doing?

-I'm fine, thank you.

-Hello, goat.

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This is Aaron and Daniel. What can they do to help?

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Today, what we need to do is trim the goats' hooves.

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They grow constantly, so they have to be trimmed.

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Today, we have Alan, and he's going to show you

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how to trim goats' hooves, but first you've got to catch them.

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And that's your job. You have to go in there with a lead,

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as if you were catching a dog, but you're catching a goat.

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Safety first, put this on. And this one.

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Good. And there's yours.

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Perfect. All right, boys? Ready?

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'No kidding! Go for those goats!'

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Put that round the neck and then grab the goats.

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'Chasing goats is not something you lot should be doing.

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'We're with experts, OK?'

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It looks like the goats remember having their hooves clipped

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and they're off!

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How do you think they're doing?

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Do you think they're doing a decent job?

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Very...very...hard!

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To prevent infection, their hooves need clipping eight times a year.

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Keep up the good work, boys!

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Will the boys be left chasing their tales,

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or will the goat finally give up the game?

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Dom and Sim are up to their elbows in hedgehogs at a rescue centre.

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The lightweight hogs need to fatten themselves up for freedom.

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Bring some food over for us. Move that out the way.

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Breakfast is served, my babies! Not you two, them!

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'So what delicious delights have we got in store for these fellas?

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'Porridge and a dollop of cat food?! A meal fit for a...hedgehog.'

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-Are you getting hungry?

-No.

-Want some porridge and cat food? Mmm!

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-Do you want some?

-Yeah... No!

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'If these two don't eat soon, they could get quite...prickly.'

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Pop him in as well. Let's see if they come round to where the food is.

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Tuck in, chaps!'

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-When can they return to the wild?

-We keep them

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until they're a good size, about 3-400 grams,

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before we'd take them to a new release site

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'Lovely work, and I'm sure they'll be back in the wild,

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'hogging some hedges, in no time.'

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Later, there's an otter needing to get fitter,

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but will our boys make it as swimming instructors?

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Oh, look at that. There's a clever boy!

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At the sanctuary in Northumberland,

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Aaron and Daniel are being given the run-around by some goats.

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They're trying to catch them so their hooves can be clipped.

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Careful! He's got big horns, that one!

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And hey presto! They find one that doesn't give them the slip.

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Time to ram home your advantage and give the goat its pedicure.

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What are the goat's hooves made of?

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They're made of the same kind of material as our fingernails.

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It's keratin, which is in your hair. It's just the same as our nails.

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'You stay at the sharp end, boys, while Alan trims its hooves.'

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Good. Good girl!

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-Does it hurt the goat when you trim its hooves?

-No, not at all.

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-Would you say you're enjoying your goat experience?

-I like goats!

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'Time to leave the goats and their beauty treatment.

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'There's loads more animal antics.'

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Aaron and Daniel open owl boxes and smell a stinker of a job later,

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but can they stomach the stench?

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-How does it look up there, Daniel?

-Disgusting!

-Eurgh!

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Before that, Dick attempts to be the first ever person

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to make a donkey laugh out loud with a bad joke.

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Dick, this is Callum, Callum, this is Dick.

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Between you and I, he's been a bit down, a bit depressed,

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and your challenge is to try and cheer him up, make him laugh.

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-Told you it was difficult.

-We'll see about that.

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'Yeah, all about the warm-up, comedy, you know?'

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Ahem!

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'And the delivery.'

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'Wow! That's...bad.'

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'Really bad.'

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Wait for it.

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DONKEY BRAYS

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'He did it. I don't know how, but he did it!'

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I told you!

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HE LAUGHS

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You cheated. I don't know how, but I think you cheated.

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I know, I'll looking in the Donkey Facts.

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Yes, here we are.

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When donkeys meet other donkeys, even people,

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they often curl back their top lips and breathe in and out.

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-That sounds interesting. Why's that?

-I'll tell you why.

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They use an organ in their mouths, not a mouth organ,

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that allows them to get to know donkeys or people

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by smelling and tasting them at the same time.

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He was just getting to know you. He didn't find your joke funny.

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DONKEY BRAYS That's him having the last laugh!

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Aaron and Daniel are hoofing it from one important animal job

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to the next at the sanctuary.

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Now they're moving to the owl enclosure,

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where another assignment is winging its way in.

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Today is cleaning out owl box day,

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so lots of nasty unmentionable things going on in those boxes.

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-Poo and dead chickens. Does that sound good?

-No!

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Eileen, how often do you usually clean out these boxes?

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-About every two or three months.

-That's a lot of...build-up!

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Good luck. It's an important job and you'll love the owls afterwards!

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Believe it or not, many of the barn owls here are abandoned pets.

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They look great in films, but they're not easy to keep.

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-Is it mucky?

-It stinks.

-Here's the shovel.

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And try to dig out as much as you can.

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-How does it look up there, Daniel?

-Disgusting!

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I tell you what, you can smell it, now you've disturbed it.

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-Really smelly!

-That's it, there you go.

-Eurgh!

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-Look at that!

-It smells!

-A big bucket, full of it. Well done!

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Great, that's the mucky bit over,

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owls about something a bit more exciting?

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Now, we have to catch the barn owls

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and work out which is male and which is female?

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-How do we tell?

-Well, a male barn owl has a pure white chest.

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Right? And the female has brown spots, like little pretty freckles.

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The male and female barn owls need to be separated

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to prevent unwanted youngsters appearing.

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Good luck!

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But owls are the beadiest eyed creatures in the business

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and trying to get the better of these guys is tough.

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No. There's another one in there. Too late!

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-There's one in the box!

-Well done!

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Oh!

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Oh, these are causing a pain for me.

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Be careful with these wings, you see?

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-OK?

-Looks like a female

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because it's got, like, spots there.

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-Yes.

-It's got spots. That has to be a girl.

-She's a female.

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See the talons? You have to be careful.

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-Look at the sharp edges.

-They'll fly at you with their talons first.

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Not the beak, they'll come in with their talons first.

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There we go.

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We've got three!

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Four!

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'Well done, boys. You've hit the jackpot!

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'A bulging bag full of barn owls!'

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, it's a male.

-He's nice and white there, isn't he?

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Right, boys. That's it. Now Alan and I know who has to go next door

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and who has to stay here.

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Barn owls, done!

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But it's creepy critters for Aaron and Daniel later.

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Can they handle the hiss and hair of these beauts?

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Stay still. Very calm. Do not panic and do not shake your hand.

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Dom and Sim are on the lookout for more British wildlife in Somerset.

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Time to check on the otters. They won't find them in the enclosure.

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Try Pauline's kitchen.

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This is Geraint. He's about eight weeks old.

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He's sucking his blanket cos he wants his lunch!

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-I think we ought to give him something to eat.

-Yeah!

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Geraint was found on a riverbank a month ago,

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after his holt was flooded.

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Pauline has been playing mother to him ever since.

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Why do you hold it from the neck?

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I always use the scruff. It's how his mother would carry him.

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It's a natural way to pick him up. Let's take him to the feeding chair.

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I can show him to you. He's really excited because he's hungry.

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First thing to notice is that really long, thick tail.

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He can use it like a rudder. Feel how strong he is.

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It makes him quite a big animal.

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The other thing to notice is those lovely front claws

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that, if we spread them, see how webbed they are?

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-Aw!

-So he can swim really well.

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OK, guys, down to you two to get the fish lunch.

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-This is disgusting.

-I know, it's slimy and everything!

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Hang it over his head. See if he's interested.

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Yeah. Let him have it, once he's got it in his mouth.

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That's it. He's got it.

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Nice work, Sim.

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-How often does he eat fish?

-This is the very first time he's had fish.

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He's certainly keen, isn't he?

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But Geraint has a lot of growing up to do

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before he can fend for himself.

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A lot of people don't realise how big otters are.

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He's only eight weeks old. An adult would be, sort of, that length.

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Wow!

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-Is Geraint a good swimmer?

-We're about to find out.

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His first swimming lesson is in my bath.

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Geraint's first ever swimming lesson!

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Right. Well, that's just right. Just the right depth.

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But we don't exactly know whether he's going to like it.

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In the wild, the mother drags him down and teaches him,

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so we'll have to see what he thinks.

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Right then, in we go! Do the honours, Pauline.

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-There, let's see what you think of that.

-Slowly does it.

-Aw!

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-He's got his nose under.

-Aw!

-Oh, look at that!

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There's a clever boy! He's putting his head underwater.

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What he's got to learn to do is close his nostrils

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and close his ears, as well. He's busy, chasing his tail.

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How long until he can go back into the wild?

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It's 18 months before we released them,

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which is the same time they'd stay with their mother.

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'But for now, Geraint's happy to be splashing about in Pauline's bath.

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'It's not every day you feed an otter his first fish

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'and give him his first swim.'

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It's not the end of Dom and Sim's day, oh no.

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There's a weasel that needs to go wild later.

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There she goes! Blink and you'll miss it.

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First, Dom gets his rabbit food awfully wrong.

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-What's going on here?

-Me and Rolly are just catching up.

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-We've found these chocolatey treats.

-You can't feed a rabbit chocolate!

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-It's not good for him! He only eats grass.

-They can't eat chocolate?

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-Not at all.

-Let's feed him grass.

-You can't feed him grass either

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as he's having his teeth removed. His owner didn't look after him.

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But he can eat soft grass with his gums, but he'll need help.

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Isn't grass quite difficult to swallow?

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It's easy to swallow, just not very easy to digest.

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Some animals, like cows, have different parts of their stomach

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-that can help the process move along.

-I get it.

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-So how does Rolly do it?

-In stages. Ingenious, really.

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They actually eat their own poo.

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Second time round, it's easier to digest.

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Where did you find them?

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About, um...

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About here.

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Ah.

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Daniel and Aaron have been wowed by the wonderful wildlife

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at a sanctuary in the north east.

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Next, onto the more unusual residents. Not you!

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Working here can be hard graft. You've done a cracking job so far.

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What are you smiling about? It's time for a proper challenge.

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The boys have been given special permission

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to get some close-up critter experience. Snakes and spiders.

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There are plenty of people who think they make perfect pets.

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Sadly, a few change their minds and every few months,

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an unwanted exotic pet is brought here.

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This is...what?

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-A tarantula.

-A tarantula.

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Tarantulas like Rose here have a terrifying reputation,

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but if handled gently, they're not a threat to humans.

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-Does it bite and is it poisonous?

-It is poisonous

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and they do bite, but they're unlikely to bite.

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If harassed, they'll nip and it hurts like a hornet sting,

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so don't think about touching them without expert supervision.

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There she is.

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-What type of tarantula is it?

-It's a Chilean Rose.

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It's quite pretty, isn't it? Grey and hairy.

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And these are one of the most calm spiders.

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A lot of people who keep spiders start with these

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because they're one of the easier ones to keep.

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Rose is a chilled Chilean tarantula,

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who's not out to harm anyone.

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Still, Daniel's very brave to let her go walkabout on his arm.

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Just stay still. Very calm. Do not panic and do not shake your hand

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because we don't want her to fall.

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Good! Excellent! Is it that bad?

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Wow! Daniel, taran-tastic! If that's a word.

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Well, if it's not, well done! The tarantula is returned to the tank

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and it's time to take a closer look at one of the snakes.

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This is Zeus. OK? Zeus is an American corn snake.

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He's actually tasting you because, see, he's got nostrils,

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but he can't smell, he only uses his nostrils to breathe.

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Everything is done by taste.

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Another creepy but non-dangerous crawly, this.

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Corn snakes snack on lizards and rodents in the wild.

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These snakes are constrictors, they squash their prey to death.

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His bite isn't harmful to humans and there's no chance

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he'll put the squeeze on anyone here.

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-You're fine with him. How do you feel?

-A bit nervous.

-A bit nervous.

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You want the non-business end, do you? OK, there you go.

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I'll keep the head away from you.

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What he's doing is,

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what it's looking for is somewhere dark to hide.

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Now, the good news is, as well as conquering your fears,

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I've done something as well.

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I'm no longer scared of ducks.

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Dominic and Simran are having a top time at the animal rescue centre.

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And it's the best till last bit now.

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The pals are about to release an animal back into the wild,

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but what will it be?

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Say hello to Winnie the weasel.

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She was brought here with an injured leg,

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probably as a result of being hit by a car.

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After a short stay with Pauline, she's ready to be released,

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but as the guys are about to discover, she's a handful.

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-Are weasels quite vicious?

-They can bite, yes.

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That's why we've got Simon in. If anyone gets bitten, who better!

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'One, two, three, four and a thumb.

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'Let's hope Simon still has the same number of fingers later on.'

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When does a weasel come out? Day or night?

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They're what we call diurnal, they come out in the day and at night.

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-How old can they grow up to get?

-Things in the wild don't live long.

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A weasel would only live on average 18 months.

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-Is it a grown-up or a baby?

-It's fully grown.

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-That's a fully grown weasel.

-That's small.

-Very tiny.

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All we've got to do now is catch it. So over to you, Simon.

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Right. Should be easy.

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WEASEL SPITS

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Ooh, she sounds angry. You might say goodbye to a finger, Simon!

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Put that in there. OK?

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'Nicely done.'

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Pass the box up for us.

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OK, we'll do the top up so it can't get out and there we go.

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And off we go to release it.

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All fingers intact, and at a location a few miles away,

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so it's time to welease a weasel(!)

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-Are you excited about this?

-Yes.

-Not many people get to do this

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in the wild. We're going to let the weasel go back home.

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Why have we chosen this cricket ground?

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It's perfect really. There's lots of food, good shelter, good cover.

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-She'll make a nice home here.

-Let's release Winnie back into the wild.

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-Which way do you think it's going to go?

-That way!

-That way, OK.

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Let's see if we're right.

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WEASEL SQUEAKS

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-There we go.

-There we are. There she goes.

-Yes!

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-Blink and you'd miss it!

-Brilliant!

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'And in case you did blink, here it is again in slow motion.

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'Go, Winnie!'

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-So what's been your favourite part of the day?

-Otter.

-Why?

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Because we taught it how to swim, gave it food, erm...

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-held it.

-Cool. Dom, your mum won't let you have a pet at home.

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-Are you thinking you should try and change her mind?

-Yes.

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-I'm going to try and convince her.

-To get an otter?

-Yes!

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-There you go. Tell your mum, go on!

-Mum, I'm going to get an otter!

-Yes!

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Dominic and Simran put an otter in a bath and Winney the weasel prepares for a return to the wild. Daniel and Aaron gather goats, spy spiders and ogle owls at a seriously busy sanctuary, and Dom becomes a warm-up act to a comedy donkey.


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