Episode 3 Dick 'N' Dom Go Wild


Episode 3

Wildlife show. Olly and Oscar look after wildlife babies, enter a bat tent for a test flight and get to grips with a thirsty fawn.


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This show features highly skilled professionals,

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-working with unpredictable animals.

-Do not try any of this at home!

-No!

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Moo!

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Did you know that right now there's people all around the country

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who are working their socks off

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to help wounded wildlife and poorly pets?

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And we've 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.

-We did it!

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-He's beating me!

-Ah-uh!

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On today's show...

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Olly and Oscar enter a secret world of wildlife babies

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and get to grips with a feisty, thirsty fawn.

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Keisha and Mercy turn donkey dentist,

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but can they keep a straight face?

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And Dom gears up to be a wildlife warden...

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and then squares up to a massive mute swan.

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

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-Eeh!

-Oh!

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Deep in the southwest of England,

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there's a secret hideaway where injured animals go to get well.

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Sssh, welcome to Secret World.

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It's the southwest's premier wildlife sanctuary.

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It's not really a secret,

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as it is one of the busiest wildlife rescue centres in the UK.

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Pauline Kidner loves animals so much

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she's turned her whole house into an animal sanctuary.

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So, it's the perfect place for two game volunteers

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who can't wait to dive in and help Britain's wildlife.

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Meet Olly and his mate Oscar.

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There's one thing these pals would truly treasure,

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an animal to call their own.

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I don't have any pets because my dad's a vet

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and he says that some day we can have a pet,

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but some day never happens.

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Is that fair? Dad works all day with animals, but Olly's not allowed one.

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It's a big responsibility and I do work with animals all day long.

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It's not only Olly - Oscar's mum and dad don't do animals either.

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I don't have any pets because my parents aren't that keen on animals.

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You don't need pets when there's a place

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full of wildlife to enjoy, come on!

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-Now, Olly, your dad's a vet.

-Yeah.

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But he won't let you near the pets at his work place.

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-Both of you?

-Yeah.

-Well, you're going to see some amazing animals today

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and get really close to them.

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But your dad said you're not allowed near them, all right?

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I'm only joking! There's some lovely animals,

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we'll got and check them out, yeah? Let's go!

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Olly and Oscar have a full day of action ahead of them.

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It starts in Pauline's kitchen. Interesting...

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-Badger cubs Flora and Bumble are the first patients.

-They're cute!

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-That the first time you've seen badgers?

-Yeah.

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Pauline turned her kitchen fireplace into a perfect hideaway for the cubs.

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Wow, they're a bit lazy!

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Little Bumble is six months old,

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but she's tiny for her age because she's really poorly.

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Five-month-old Flora was rescued after her mum was run over by a car.

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These cubs need feeding five times a day,

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and Olly and Oscar are going to be today's in-house chefs.

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-OK, you ready to do some food?

-Yup.

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We just pull that one down, that's it.

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So, what's on the boys' badger menu?

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Eggs? Cake and biscuits?!

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Peanut butter?!

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What's going on here?

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-Oscar, what are you doing? Making my tea?

-No.

-OK, what are you doing?

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I'm making sandwiches for the badgers.

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I thought badgers were vegetarians,

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and that doesn't look like vegetables.

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They're not an animal that hunts like a fox. Earth worms, fruit,

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that's their natural food, but they will sometimes eat small animals

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if that food isn't available.

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What an effort from Olly. He's all over this job even though,

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like me, he doesn't eat meat.

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-What have you been doing?

-Cutting up sausages and chicken.

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-For a vegetarian, that's not ideal, is it?

-No!

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Not very nice, but that's a very dedicated thing to do.

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-Yes, done very well.

-Just think how much the badgers will enjoy it.

-Mmm.

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Top effort, chaps!

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And there's so much more to come! Have the boys got what it takes

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to sort out Bumble's painful, dry, poorly paws? Aww!

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But first, let's hot-foot it over to Dick

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at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

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Find out what he has in store for his eager helpers.

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If you ever find a donkey down in the doldrums,

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then this is the place to come.

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The staff have a huge task on their hands,

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but today they have two helpers. Will they be able to handle it?

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Meet best mates Mercy and Keisha.

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Any wildlife in your neck of the woods, Mercy?

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I live in London, in Tottenham,

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and you don't see much wildlife in Tottenham.

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The animals I don't like is snakes, bears, spiders, dogs...

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What about you, Keisha?

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I don't really like most animals.

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Lions, tigers, spiders, dogs...

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These girls have yet to name an animal they really love,

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but I've heard they're well up for donkey duties. Game on!

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The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon

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cares for these lovely creatures who have hit hard times.

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Donkeys are intelligent, sensitive, chilled out animals.

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A perfect choice to show the girls that animal work

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can be a right laugh, and very rewarding, too.

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-Keisha, Mercy, how you doing?

-Fine.

-Welcome to the Donkey Sanctuary!

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-Keisha, never been to the countryside?

-No.

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-Like what you see?

-Yeah.

-Mercy, do you like animals?

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Not ones that are big and stinky.

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Ah, well, you're at a donkey sanctuary, donkeys can whiff a bit.

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-Ready?

-Yeah!

-Let's go!

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There we are, girls, look. Donkeys!

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-Come hither. Hello, Jan.

-Hello!

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-Good morning.

-This is Keisha and Mercy. Who have we got here?

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Dennis here, and Heidi's hiding behind us.

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Do you want to stroke? No, not ready for that yet.

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Fascinating donkey fact one -

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their big ears are the easiest way to tell them apart from horses.

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-What are they doing first?

-Some hard work for you today.

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-We've got poo picking first.

-Poo picking and sweeping, girls.

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Fascinating donkey fact two - they poo a lot.

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As the girls are finding out.

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If you make a start here, bit of a squelchy one there for you.

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Disgusting!

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You're not kidding, Keisha!

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Keep it quite close to the poo you want to pick up. Then scrape it in.

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It's just disgusting!

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It smells like, um...

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-Poo.

-It's only chewed up grass, girls.

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Donkeys nosh up to three kilograms of grass and hay every day.

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It has to go somewhere.

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They poo too much!

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Top poop clean-up, girls,

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but there's still loads more donkey business to follow.

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Will Keisha and Mercy be able to handle it?

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Olly and Oscar are turning into full on animal angels

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at the wildlife rescue centre.

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Poorly badger cubs Flora and Bumble are the first patients for the day.

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Now the boys need to help check the weight of the badgers.

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First of all we'll put the weight of the box, which is 44. Write down 44.

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Hopefully their jam sarnie breakfast will help fatten up the cubs.

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First into the air-holed weighing box is Flora.

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Right up there. Then you need to tell me how much it weighs.

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Olly keeps a record.

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-300...

-350.

-3 ½ kilos?

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Wow, she's more than doubled her weight in less than three weeks.

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Bumble has a condition that is stopping her growing properly.

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The illness makes the skin on her paws dry and sore.

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-The boys use soothing cream to make her feel better.

-That's it.

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That's good, cos she's turning her foot for you as well.

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Right in between her toes.

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She's got such long claws, hasn't she? But they're so sore.

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I'll get some more.

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OK.

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Well done.

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In you go, little one.

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There we go.

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I expect that cream makes her feet feel nice and soft now,

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to what they were. You've done a good job there, haven't you?

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With their bellies full of jam sarnies,

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all snug in the fireplace cubby hole,

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it's time for Bumble and Flora to have a bit of a kip. Aaah!

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Things turn really creepy for Olly and Oscar later.

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Will they cope in the tent with five bats for company?

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-There's one on the floor.

-Wahey!

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Over at the Donkey Sanctuary,

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Keisha and Mercy have almost finished their donkey dirt clear-up.

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One last thing, a health check on ten-year-old Ned,

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using - you guessed it - donkey doo!

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Right, girls. State of the donkey's poo can tell us quite a bit

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about the condition and the health of the donkey.

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-What do you think? Want to have a touch?

-No!

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Nice and firm, you don't fancy that?

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-If we break it open, what can you see?

-Wet.

-Yes. That's really good,

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cos obviously they've got to have enough moisture.

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If they haven't got enough moisture,

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they can't pass the droppings through and out.

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-It doesn't look like normal poo.

-And it stinks a bit!

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The girls have worked so hard,

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but they've not managed to get their hands on a donkey yet.

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But here comes Ned, he really wants to say hello,

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and the girls are looking interested.

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He loves meeting new people.

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Do you want to give him a touch, see what he feels like?

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That's it.

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THE GIRLS GIGGLE

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-He's quite nice and warm, isn't he?

-Yeah.

-Is he coarse or soft?

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-Soft.

-Yeah, most people are surprised at how soft donkeys are.

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Get in, girls!

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They might have started off nervous of Ned and his pongy pals,

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but they've got their tails up now. Great work!

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But will Keisha and Mercy end up tongue tied

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when they do donkey dentistry at the sanctuary?

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Eurgh!

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We shall find out later.

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But first, Dom has a swan to sort out. And I even help...a bit.

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Isn't it lovely? Just the two of us,

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-getting away from all those animal antics...

-Duck!

-What?

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-No, not Dick, duck! Large, big, white duck.

-That's a mute swan!

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Oh, yes! Who'd get that confused? Duck and a swan?

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-Come and meet Claire.

-Oh.

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Ah, Claire, what have you got for us? Well, him, to be more precise?

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-We're going to bag a swan.

-Swans, yeah, been there before. Easy!

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-So, when you say "bag a swan"...

-Put a swan in a bag,

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to check him out and move him to a nice clean pool.

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This mute swan was found with an injured wing.

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We need to help Claire get him netted, so the vet can check out

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if the injury is healing properly.

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If the swan is recovered,

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it could be ready to return to the river where it was found.

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It's a tough task, this.

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I provide the work clothes for Dom, so he can do the swan catching bit.

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-Deal. Great outfit.

-You're trying to make me look like a swan.

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Um, yes. I am.

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I'm not wearing this anymore!

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Right, you get on with the swan catching, and I'll help by...

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finding out some swan facts.

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Let's do it, I'm all ready.

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-Which one are we going for?

-The one on the water.

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This one, the mean looking sucker!

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Amazing, swans have a wingspan of up to 2½ metres. Steady on, Dom.

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-He knows, doesn't he?

-He does know.

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-He's had it done before.

-Not the net again!

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-Are we all set?

-Almost, Dom!

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-From the back, backwards?

-That's the one, that's great. Right.

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-Steady him.

-OK.

-Lovely.

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Now, Dom here is in the capable hands of Claire.

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So, please DO NOT try and catch a swan yourself!

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Oh, my goodness!

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I haven't got hold, he's beating me!

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It says here that swans weigh around 13 kilos,

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making them one of the heaviest flying birds on the planet.

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"Hello, Mum!" Stop showing off. I told you, it's silly!

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The bag helps keep the swan nice and calm for the journey ahead.

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It's harder work than it looks.

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He's all bagged up for you now.

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Bring him in and we can get him weighed and checked over.

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The latest LA accessory,

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forget small dogs in bags, I've got a swan in a bag.

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Top job! Swan, bag, done. Work that floor.

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Hopefully the vet will give our swan the all clear

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and he can be released.

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-Well done.

-Thanks for all your help(!)

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-Duck!

-No, no, Dick.

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No, duck.

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Mmm, nutty.

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Olly and Oscar are busy caring for poorly badgers

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at a busy wildlife rescue centre.

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These boys don't hang around. This bat does, though.

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It's a noctule bat, recovering here after being found in a garden,

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injured and unable to fly.

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The boys have got their tweezers at the ready.

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-Who's this and what are we going to do?

-OK, this is Fred.

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He's a noctule bat, and he's getting very excited,

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because I think he knows he's about to be fed.

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-You ready to give him food?

-Yeah!

-One at a time.

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DING!

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It's fight night!

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In the white corner, Fred "The Flapper" Bat!

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In the green corner is the challenger Mealy "The Wiggler" Worm!

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It promises to be the fight of the century. Who will win?

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Oh, right.

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-Look at that.

-Tearing his face to pieces.

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-It's not a good way to go, is it?

-No.

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It's your back end and then it's coming down to his head.

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-His head's gone.

-It's gone.

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Go on! Get it down you, Freddy!

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Or you can take your time. Any time. Now?

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This is a good opportunity to tell you that some bats

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eat up to 3,000 insects in a night.

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Though, how they have time

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after this display is anyone's guess. Go on, good lad!

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BURP!

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Pardon you!

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More bats need the boys' help. These are two-month-old pipistrelle bats,

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they're almost back to their full health

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and could soon be free in the wild.

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First we need to check they can fly at night.

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How do we test that in the middle of the day?

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You use a custom-built indoor night-sky-imitating

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bat testing flying area, of course.

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Otherwise known as a tent.

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-Are the boys allowed to be in there?

-They are, yes.

-Great.

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Keep nice and still.

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This is going to be a first for all of us. Me, the boys and the bats.

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This is the pipistrelles' very first test flight.

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If their flight muscles aren't strong enough,

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they'll have to wait for their return to the wild.

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We've got the pipistrelles in here,

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they're going to fly for the first time.

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I've got a night vision camera to try and film them. Go away!

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Bats can carry some nasty diseases,

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so if you ever see one injured and lying around, don't touch it.

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Ask an adult to call your nearest animal rescue centre instead.

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Boys, can you help me by keeping an eye where they all go?

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A sticky start. Our bats seem more interested in just hanging around.

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The boys need to encourage them to flap those wings and fly.

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It's really dark in here.

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The boys are doing their best to get the bats flapping,

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but Oscar's a little nervous.

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Think I just need more confidence.

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It's your first time seeing a bat, ever.

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Confidence will come the more you're around them.

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-I think you're doing well.

-I think you are. You're very brave.

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Then they're off! Wow, look at them go!

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He's landed on you!

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Well done!

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-Can the boys hold one?

-You can.

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Pipistrelles are the smallest bats in Britain,

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they weigh less than a 2p piece!

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Wahey!

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Now, with the boys' help,

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these bats are one step closer to being released back into the wild.

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-That feels...

-You can hardly feel it, can you?

-Yay!

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-That feels really good, I really like bats now.

-Good.

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Cracking effort, Oscar!

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An amazing, if slightly scary, experience for everyone.

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Oscar, how are you feeling about the bats?

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At the beginning I was a little scared,

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but I think I've conquered my fear. I like bats.

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I think you probably have. There's one on your back. I'm joking!

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Our boys are heading for a sensational reward

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for all their hard work later.

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Oh, yes. Imagine hand feeding a baby deer?

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I think they're just gorgeous!

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Keisha and Mercy are helping out at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

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There's loads of work for the girls here,

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and next up is a job I'm not looking forward to.

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This is Keisha and Mercy and this is the dentist, am I right?

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-Yup, you're quite right.

-We're going to do some dentistry!

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Mmm, seems the girls are in a state of shock.

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I'm not surprised! Donkeys have up to 44 huge teeth,

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so the girls are in for a long appointment.

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First in the chair is two-year-old May,

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who was found neglected and covered with lice and mites.

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-Little stroke.

-Come and stroke her, she might move her legs a bit

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cos there's a few flies around. Don't worry, give her a stroke.

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May's big gnashers need a careful close-up inspection.

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They reach as far back as the level of her eye. Right the way back here.

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She will have some sharp edges on those teeth.

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-Will we get bitten?

-No. I won't let you get bitten.

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The dentist uses a special gag to keep May's mouth open.

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Oh, ouch!

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But it's painless and will help calm her.

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-How often do they go to the dentist?

-Every six months.

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Do you get a sticker after?!

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Say, "Aaaagh!"

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Eurgh! Look at that tongue,

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it's a giant 30 centimetres from tip to tonsils.

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-Ooh!

-Eh?

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It's so disgusting!

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Donkeys use their big tongues to shovel grass and hay

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to their back teeth, where it's ground down and then scoffed.

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May's needs a mega mouth wash

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to help clear some of the munched grass that's left behind.

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A fast jet-stream of antiseptic water should blast it away.

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-Think she likes it?

-Yeah!

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At last, clean gnashers and, after a thorough examination...

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..it's an all clear.

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Great, you've done an excellent job.

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We can give her a clean bill of health.

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Next in the dentist's chair, it's May's old mate Molly.

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The bottom ones are much, much longer than the top ones,

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which is a bit weird.

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Good spot, Keisha.

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Unlike ours, donkey and horse teeth never stop growing.

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That's why we call old horses long in the tooth.

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-Wouldn't be very nice if we had teeth like that, would it?

-No.

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Molly and May had a terrible life before they were checked in here.

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They were very underweight,

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they had a lot of lice and they had worms, also.

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Why would someone be so horrible to a donkey?

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In some instances it might be that they just don't know how

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to look after them, which is where the sanctuary can help.

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-Cos they're cute, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-Not big and stinky?

-No.

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-So you like them?

-Yeah.

-We're getting there! This way!

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It gets so much better, the girls are going to be blown away

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when they get a chance to help Ivor, the tiny foal, with a big heart.

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Can you hear the heart?

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Duh-duh-duh. That's the noise it's making!

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Argh!

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But first, mice... of the edible variety.

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I won't say it again. You don't belong here.

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-I'm going to eat every single one of you.

-Dom!

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-Hm?

-These are chocolate mice!

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These are the glis glis, also known as edible dormice.

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They ones I was telling you about.

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-Oh, yeah, little rodents that don't actually live in Britain.

-Correct!

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They only used to live abroad,

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and then a few escaped into the wild here.

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Now, tens of thousands of them live all over the south of England!

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-Nuts!

-No, these are nuts.

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Romans used to feed glis glis with walnuts

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and then scoff the nutty critters at posh banquets. Delicious!

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Oh, that's why they're called edible dormice!

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Glis glis!

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Oscar and Olly have had a top day at the wildlife rescue centre.

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Their hard work is going to be rewarded with a very special job.

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Hi, we've got bottles of milk. One for each of us?

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Bottles of milk for the baby fawns, which are little baby deer

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that have come in as orphans and are still taking bottles.

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They're very nervous, you have to be quiet and calm.

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-A bottle for everyone?

-For you.

-Thank you.

-You.

-Thank you.

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-We'll go and feed them.

-Great, good luck.

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Fawns are often found alone in woods and brought to rescue centres.

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Sometimes Mum is just out looking for food, so don't pick up a baby deer

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if you discover one yourself.

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We need to be quiet so we don't spook these three-week-old babies.

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-Give him his bottle.

-Red, the red deer, is coming on fine.

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Look at that! Really thirsty little fella!

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George is a smaller roe deer. A little timid, but doing great.

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I really like the deer, they're really cute.

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I think they're just gorgeous.

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There's going to be lots of people watching at home, going,

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"I want a deer as my pet!" Surely it's not possible?

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No, they need an awful lot of space

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and they are naturally nervous wild animals.

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So are they going to be released into the wild together or separately?

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Hopefully together, even though they're a different species,

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they've been together as a little group. They interact together,

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-we wouldn't want to separate them.

-Right.

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The fawns need to be bottle fed milk three times per day,

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until they are three months old.

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-So, how have you found the day? Good?

-Awesome.

-Really enjoying it?

-Yeah.

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Good. I know you were animal crazy before,

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-but now you're off the scale?

-Super!

-Yeah.

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I thought today was absolutely amazing,

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-and probably the best experience of my life.

-Great! That's really good.

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-And, Olly?

-Same.

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-Do you think your dad will let you have a pet now?

-Hopefully, yeah!

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Fabulous feeding, chaps! A job truly well done.

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Keisha and Mercy have really got into the swing

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of their donkey work at the sanctuary.

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But we've saved the best until last.

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Time to meet Ivor the two-week-old foal.

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His mum, Domino, arrived here

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after being rescued from a field with no shelter.

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-Awww!

-Oh, my gosh!

-That's so cute!

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I think it's amazing! I think it's beautiful.

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Keisha and Mercy need to assist vet Elena Barrio

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complete Ivor's very first health check.

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He's really soft and fluffy and he's really cute.

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-I think he's just great.

-He is, isn't he?

-Really fluffy.

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The girls help make sure that Ivor knows how to feed properly.

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You can put your finger through here to see if he's suckling.

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Remember, the girls have an expert to help them.

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-Please, don't try this yourselves.

-How does it feel?

-Weird!

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-Do you think he'll be able to drink milk?

-Yeah.

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Now the girls are allowed a rare treat.

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Time to listen to Ivor's tiny heart.

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Can you hear the heart?

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Duh-duh-duh, that's the noise it's making!

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Well played, girls! Ivor has a clean bill of health.

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There's just time for a drop of milk from Mum.

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It's been a long old day for Ivor, Domino and Keisha and Mercy.

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-You thought donkeys were covered in flies and smelt a bit?

-Yeah.

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How do you feel about them now?

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I think they're great, and not covered in flies.

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-They're fun and lovely to brush.

-Yeah.

-And beautiful.

-Aw!

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We've sorted you out, what about you, Mercy?

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You thought that they were big, stinky animals.

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-What do you think of them now?

-I really like them,

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and I think they're cute and I don't think they're stinky.

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-They're really nice, gentle and cute.

-Get in!

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Get in!

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