Episode 6 Dick 'N' Dom Go Wild


Episode 6

Wildlife show. Madihah and Jack go wild in Somerset as they make a personal pudding delivery to some hungry foxes and move a pair of otters.


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Listen here, you lot, this show features highly trained professionals

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working with potentially dangerous and unpredictable animals.

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

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

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working their socks off to help wounded wildlife and poorly pets?

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And we've managed to get VIP passes for some willing helpers who are going to get stuck in

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at the busiest vets, wildlife sanctuaries, and rescue centres.

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You're free!

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On today's show,

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Madihah and Jack go wild in Somerset as they help a lot of otters move house

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and a swan drops out of the rescue centre for its first taste of freedom.

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What a belly flop!

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Katie and Abi help one of the rarest penguins on the planet,

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and take on deep sea duties with this marine monster.

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You're going to be touching the Japanese spider crab, Abigail.

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She can do that. I'll take pictures.

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And Dom smells trouble as I get a little horse and he has to handle gassy Cassie, the 16-hand giant.

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Whoa, man. What's in its diet?

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Is it like egg-fried rice with extra eggs? It's disgusting.

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

-Aargh!

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Hello and welcome to Secret World. See, I told you.

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It's a place that's so secret that even the staff here can't find it.

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Look, nobody here.

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Ha-ha, what a joke! Everyone's busy working.

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This is hospital and orphanage for wildlife that takes in

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4000 sick, injured, and orphaned animals every single year, and it's run from Pauline Kidner's home.

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They always welcome a bit of help, so meet Jack and Madihah.

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These pals get a real kick out of all things active but have less time for all things furry and feathered.

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They're too noisy.

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The ones you can keep in a cage are not very cute,

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and they're all disgusting and I wouldn't be bothered to clean the poo.

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Jack's looking forward to getting a close-up view of wildlife.

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I'd be excited to see some foxes because I haven't seen one before.

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It'd be so different seeing more wildlife animals than just seeing pets.

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So it could be a bit, like, "Watch out for them!"

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But this pair are looking forward to getting a close-up sniff of wildlife.

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The smells are going to be disgusting.

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We'll definitely need something to block the smells.

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It just makes my stomach turn, ugh, just "bleugh!"

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I think the only thing that's going to smell nice is flowers,

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and the presenters.

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Thanks, I think.

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Ah, Jack and Madihah, how are you doing?

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Welcome to Secret World! Excited?

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-Yes.

-Good. Now let's get a few things right.

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Your name's Jack, you've got a pet, a Staffordshire bull terrier, you'd like more pets,

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-you'd like to meet a fox but no badgers, right?

-Yes.

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Good, OK. Your name's Madihah, you haven't got any pets, you are scared of dogs,

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-you don't like badgers, and you hate foxes because they're from the dog family, right?

-Yes.

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OK, Pauline, looks like we've got our work cut out?

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Just a bit. Come on then, overalls on and let's start work.

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First job of the day is to prepare lunch for the foxes that live here, and the ingredients have arrived.

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Just lift up the piece of paper.

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-Now this is what Jack and Madihah think of the food.

-Urgh!

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Now in case you're eating, you're best not seeing the fox food, which is dead birds.

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Obviously they're all dead. What are they going to be used for?

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They're going to be the best part of lunch for quite a few animals.

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They are not the only thing on the menu. Foxes have a varied diet.

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When I say varied, I mean varied.

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There's all sorts in the mix, first a bit of dog food, and a few custard creams?

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It stinks.

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-Do you fancy having this for your breakfast?

-No.

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Maybe a single custard cream.

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Then finally, those dead birds.

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-And then we want five chicks on the top.

-Oh, I'll do one.

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Good. Pick up the ice cream tub and we'll feed some animals.

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You can take it.

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This place is all about rescuing, patching up, and releasing animals back into the wild wherever possible.

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Here we are at the fox enclosure.

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Foxes.

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But these red foxes are permanent residents.

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Most of them were kept as pets and are too tame to be released.

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It's time for Madihah and Jack to offer up their breakfast boxes.

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They enter the foxes' fold later but will our pals be able to dish out the delicious handmade meals?

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But before that, two keen helpers are about to handle one of the most unusual creatures in the world.

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Don't worry though, Dick doesn't bite.

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I'm at Sea Life in Scarborough. It's one amazing sea creature sanctuary.

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If you want to meet a seal with its flippers in a flap,

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a penguin who is in peril, then this is the place to come.

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Set on the east coast of Yorkshire, this is a sea life centre and a marine sanctuary.

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They help out injured aquatic animals and teach the visitors about life beneath the waves.

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It's hard graft, but thankfully today they have a couple of extra helping hands.

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Meet Katie and Abi,

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two close friends who roll differently when it comes to animals.

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Katie loves furry things but Abi would rather be kicking a ball around.

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Not at the cameraman! Yes, it's fair to say that Katie likes every type of animal imaginable.

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I like dogs, hamsters, horses, rabbits, camels, and a mouse.

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Whereas Abi has a long list of creature discomforts.

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I don't like spiders, ugh. I am scared of sharks.

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Crabs and stuff they don't look that nice so I just wouldn't go near any.

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Daddy longlegs...

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Things like bees because they are just in your face and it gets on my nerves.

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I hate thinking about them.

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It's going to take somewhere special to turn Abi around.

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And special is what they've got, privileged access behind the scenes at the Sea Life Centre.

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Ah, Lindsay, this is Katie and this is Abigail.

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-Hello, guys.

-And they're going to be helping you today.

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Now Katie loves animals, Abigail is a little bit different in that respect.

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-Right.

-What are you introducing them to today?

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We are meeting a fantastic animal called a Japanese spider crab.

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How do you feel about that? Katie's smiling. Abigail, you don't look very happy about that.

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Yes, this is a rarer than a rare opportunity. The girls are going to

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help a truly magnificent deep-sea creature.

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I don't know, I don't like spiders or crabs.

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Japanese spider crabs are the biggest in the world, in fact they can grow as big as a car.

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Well, you'll be glad to know that this is a baby one, but he's still about this big.

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Look at her face! So what are they going to be helping you with today then?

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We'll look at one of their legs because we found a tiny little black spot

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on one of their legs and we need to check him, and you guys are going to do some treatments

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on him for me, and take photographs so I can keep an eye and make sure he is happy.

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-You're going to touch a Japanese spider crab, Abigail.

-She can do that, I'll take pictures.

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Right, I'm getting out of here before Lindsay manages to get that giant crab out of the tank.

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-Ugh.

-There you go, girls.

-It's massive.

-It's ugly.

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Katie and Abi may not look like they're up for crab cleaning

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but fear not, no-one has to do anything on this show if they don't want to.

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-He can't get you.

-What's his name?

-He's ugly.

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He hasn't got a name, so you can name him if you like.

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-Um... Splodge.

-Splodge.

-Hi, Splodge.

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Looks like we have a little progress, a name for our monster crab.

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And it's all hands to the pump later when we must check Splodge the spider crab for a pesky parasite.

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Will He get the all clear from Abi and Katie?

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Madihah and Jack's first wildlife warden shift is under way.

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They've prepared breakfast for some of the animal residents, and it's now time to serve it up.

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But foxes are not Madihah's favourite animal.

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He's sniffing for his breakfast. Can you see him?

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-OK, I'll just do...

-Will you do it?

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If you're feeling a bit wobbly at any point, just let us know and we'll go out, OK?

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Look, that's what they want. He can actually smell his breakfast. He's sniffing the chicks.

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There are five foxes here and that's Foxy Loxy who is by all accounts

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keen on the custard cream part of her breakfast.

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OK, good luck. Let's go in.

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The friendliest fox of the five is called Megan.

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She was rescued after being found tied to a washing line along with two collie dogs.

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She behaves more like a dog than a fox.

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Like just about every wild animal, foxes are more scared of us

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than we are of them so feeding them is harder than it looks.

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Megan. Megsie.

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It seems like today the foxes aren't coming really, really close up.

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I think that's because there are too many of us in their enclosure.

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If you just throw it, she'll come forward and get it.

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Eventually breakfast is served.

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Now we are with experts, never approach foxes yourselves.

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-How was that? All right?

-I feel much better, actually. It's not as scary as I thought.

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-Good.

-Let's get another one.

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No stopping her now, Madihah seems to be warming to this.

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-Do you think this will help you with your fear of dogs?

-Yes.

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Now you've realised you can get this close to wild dogs.

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-Then I can get close to normal dogs.

-Yes, exactly, there you go.

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So now it's time for the next step, personal pudding delivery.

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See there, their feeding platform?

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Put the remainder of the food up there and they'll go up and help themselves.

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But you guys are going to do it on your own without us, OK?

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Good, off you go.

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As soon as our wildlife assistants lay out the grub and give them a bit of distance,

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Foxy Loxy, Megan and pals tuck right in.

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What a perfect start!

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Well done.

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I would shake your hand but forget it...

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Another time. At the beginning of the day you didn't like dogs

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and you've just been walking on your own to feed some wild foxes.

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I think that's a great achievement, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-So you're starting to like British wildlife a bit more now?

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-Yes.

-Are you ready to do some more?

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-Yes!

-All right!

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And it's otters on the move later, but will Madihah and Jack...

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Ooh!

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..and our cameraman, be able to keep a steady hand and finish the job?

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At the Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary, Katie and Abi have

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been introduced to a real-life sea monster.

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Now it's time to see if they can help the baby Japanese spider crab.

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These creatures can suffer from a disease called black spot,

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it's a parasite that can eat away at their shell.

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The girls need to take a photographic record of Splodge

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who has a trace of black spot on one of his legs.

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I think you might need to get a bit nearer to Splodge to get those close-up pictures, Abi.

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Do you need to come this way?

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Maybe not that close.

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Which leg is it?

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There we go.

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It's your big moment, Splodge.

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Work it, come on, work it! You're a spider! Now a crab! Now a giant spider crab!

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Thankfully the disease hasn't spread,

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just a little spot on the leg that's easily treated with medication.

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OK, Katie, are you ready to help me because I'm going to have to hold it so you treat his leg for me.

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It's feeling good.

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You're touching a big spider crab. You didn't think you'd do that today.

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Brilliant work.

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-OK, girls, so are you happy that he's got no more black spots?

-Yes.

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-Right, I think he needs to go back home now, doesn't he?

-Yes.

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All right, let's go and put him back.

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Later, a rare South American penguin needs our daring duo's help

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but will Abi and Katie get to grips with the pongy fish poo hose down?

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It's like dog mess.

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-Poo.

-It's like dog poo.

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It's like fish poo.

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Before that bad smell, and even bigger bad smell.

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Oh, love a bit of horseplay, me.

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You see, I am the best at these animal challenges, really, aren't I?

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Oh, oh, and how did you work this out?

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Simple maths. And I'll prove it.

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Three horses here need a good groom.

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-Yes.

-So I'll do two of them, you do one, and I'll still beat you.

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Oh, is that it, is it?

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-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

-Oh!

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HE LAUGH

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Hey, little fella, don't mess with the best.

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What are you talking about? We're cleaning horses. This isn't a cowboy movie.

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Don't be too sure, kid.

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Huh?

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Urgh.

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Time to meet our horses!

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For me, it's Mickey and Donald, two adorable little Shetland ponies.

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And for Dom...

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-What's this?

-Meet big Cassie.

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Yes, she's a bit of a handful I've been told, mate. She's a Percheron cross thoroughbred.

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She's 16 hands tall and weighs 600 kg. Enjoy.

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Whatever size horse you're dealing with, giving them a good groom from time to time is essential.

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Ignore him.

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As well as keeping their coats in tip-top condition, it's also

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a great way of checking them for any nasty lumps, bumps, ticks or fleas.

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Well, done. Now you might have thought that I chose Mickey and Donald because they're small.

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Oh, no, no, no. It's because it's not actually Cassie's size that might get up Dom's nose.

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That's right, my friends, because Cassie is a trumping thoroughbred.

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HORSE FARTS

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Oh, man!

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What's in the diet? Is it like egg-fried rice with extra eggs?

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It's disgusting.

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In fact, this particular breed of horse is known for its flatulence

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and when an animal this size lets one go, it produces a particularly potent pong.

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See, told you I was top animal carer.

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Yes, top animal cowboy carer, if you ask me.

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Anyway I could've dealt with big Cassie, it was just big gassy I couldn't handle.

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HORSE FARTS

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HE LAUGHS

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So there you have it, another informative, educational and very serious piece of television

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brought to you by two very professional TV types.

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Well, at least you've learnt one important lesson, which is never to

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stand downwind of a Percheron cross thoroughbred horse.

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Katie and Abi have been mending marine monsters at a sea life centre,

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but now it's time to work with something a whole lot lovelier.

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These rare Humboldt penguins need their nest boxes cleaning. Doesn't sound too tough a job, does it?

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Except these particular penguins have a habit of filling their nest boxes with poo.

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-Here we go, girls.

-Urgh.

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And to be fair, that's really clean. It's normally worse than that.

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-Oh, it's like dog mess.

-It's like dog poo.

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It's like fish poo.

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Now the reason that these guys actually poo in their nest boxes

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is because they stick all the nesting materials together with their poo,

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-and that's what they naturally do. It's great, isn't it?

-Urgh!

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Is it a bit pongy?

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-A little bit but I can smell the soap a little bit more,

-Ah that's all right.

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I think the penguins are going to really appreciate this, girls. You've done a really good job in here.

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The girls are helping seriously rare birds.

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How many are left in the wild?

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Well, we think there's about 10,000 breeding pairs left in the wild, so that's not very many at all.

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10,000 breeding pairs is a very small wild population.

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Humboldts can only be found on a tiny strip of coast in South America.

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The great news is that these birds are part of a worldwide breeding

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programme that might help save them from extinction in the wild.

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What we would like is for each of these penguins to have their own boxes,

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and what would be brilliant is if each box had some eggs in it.

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And that's a whole main aim of the game of why these guys are here.

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That's because there's not very many of them left in the wild

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and we want to try to keep the population.

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So hopefully, fingers crossed, one day we might be able to put them

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back into the wild, which is what we'd really love to do.

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Phew, pooey bird boxes put to bed at last.

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Now the nice bit, Katie and Abi are given special permission

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to feed the penguins tasty mackerel inside their enclosure.

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Finally our girls dish out some nesting material, which the males collect for their female partners.

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They'll be making brand-new stinky nests together in no time.

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Good catch, and great work, girls!

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And your reward is getting closer. How about an out of water experience with a 50 year old maritime marvel?

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She's big and has a shell.

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-More of a rough skin?

-Yes.

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-Harder skin.

-Yes.

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Madihah and Jack are on the move at the wildlife rescue centre in Somerset.

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Now we've come to an enclosure that is so secret and mysterious even I don't know what's in it.

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We're going to find out though.

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Sara, why are we just staring at a load of gorse, brambles, and some muddy water?

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There is a pair of otters in there and they are almost ready to be released.

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So is this a regular thing you do here?

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We do get quite a lot of cubs in to the centre

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we've got another pair that are ready to move into a similar enclosure as this one today.

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-So I don't know whether you want to give us a hand with that?

-Does that sound exciting?

-Yes.

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Get some otters and release them into a lovely big pen?

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-Yes.

-Right, let's do it.

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And there they are,

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Puddle and Tiny Tony, two otters who were orphaned as cubs and rescued eight months ago.

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Now they're edging closer to freedom, but Puddle and Tiny Tony seem a little put out at being disturbed.

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There's one. There they are. They're big, aren't they?

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And they're a little bit grumpy.

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And a big grumpy otter grunt is enough to make us all jump...

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-Ooh!

-..cameraman included.

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It's a real team effort this.

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These are wild otters and we need to make the move as smooth as possible.

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-So are we going to release them?

-Yes.

-Are you ready to do it?

-Yes.

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This new gaff is a step up the property ladder for these two.

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They've even got their own swimming pool.

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Slowly but surely, Puddle and Tiny Tony pluck up the courage to come out.

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Where else but poolside?

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It's just incredible that they've not experienced this kind of thing before

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but they're instinctively just doing it straight away.

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The cubs can enjoy the safety of this enclosure for another five months,

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then they'll be prepared for a final journey back to open water.

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And Madihah and Jack can proudly say they've been part of their recovery.

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And there's full-on animal releases later as our pair get this majestic giant ready to rejoin his family.

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Hurray!

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Oops! What a belly flop.

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But first I get to grips with a rather big rodent,

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and I don't like it.

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I'm not happy about this, it's just not natural.

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Dom, I've told you that not giant mice, your hands haven't shrunk,

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these are called degus and they're completely natural.

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Supernatural, more like.

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I'm going to freak out, I mean they can grow up to 30cm long.

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Degus are related to mice, they originate from South America, and are actually very, very intelligent.

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Oh, yeah, in what way? Are they fluent in Spanish or something?

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Well, some of the degus use their own language

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and they can talk to each other using up to 15 different sounds.

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They also have excellent eye to paw coordination, and some of them

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were taught how to use very tiny tools in an experiment.

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Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, so let me just recap on something here.

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-These are giant mice, can talk and also use tools. Sounds very natural.

-It is.

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There you go. That's yours. Adios.

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Well done! You are learning well, my child.

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Here, have a seed.

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Abi and Katie are having a whale of a day helping all things aquatic at the marine sanctuary.

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It's time to turn their attention to towards the turtle enclosure with marine supremo Lindsay.

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And this is Antiope, the loggerhead turtle, the world's largest hard-shelled turtle species.

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They are named after that huge head with its powerful crushing jaws.

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Is she dangerous?

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She is dangerous, she's got an extremely sharp beak on her.

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-So how old is she?

-Well, we think Antiope is roughly about 50 to 55 years of age.

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We're not 100% sure because she is a rescue turtle.

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The reason for her being with us is purely because she's actually brain-damaged.

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She suffered a fractured skull in three different places.

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-Right. What do we do?

-You guys can take it in turn.

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You're going to use your pad again like you did with the little guys.

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I'll hold on to Antiope and you're going to give her a nice scrub.

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OK, so you can take it in turns. Remember, no fingers over the edges, no feet over the edges.

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It's important work. It means Antiope will be free of algae that can grow on turtle shells.

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How does it feel, Katie?

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Good. She's big and has a harder shell.

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-More of a rough skin?

-Yes.

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-Harder skin?

-Yes.

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Abi and Katie have been fully committed to their sea lifeshift from the off,

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and remember, Abi had no real interest in animals at the beginning of the day.

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-So, you two crazy cats, have you had a good day?

-Yes.

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You've been very privileged to meet all those animals. Which one was your favourite?

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-Penguins.

-Abigail, when you first started this morning you weren't too happy about being here,

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you didn't really like wildlife. Have you connected to one of them today?

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Yes, I liked the turtles, the penguins and most of it except for the Japanese spider crabs.

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You see, Katie, we did it!

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-Dick and Dom.

-I did it! I did it!

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-And Katie.

-I did it.

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..have made her go wild.

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Well done, Abigail. Thank you. Show me how wild you both are.

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-What do you mean?

-Show me how wild you are.

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SHE YELPS

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There you are. Wild.

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Jack and Madihah have turned into top wildlife wardens in Somerset,

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and there's a big bird of a job needing their helping hands now.

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OK then, Sara, what are you going to get these guys to help with now?

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Well, this is our water bird paddock. Loads of gulls come in, they fall out of nests and stuff.

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So they're juveniles and they're just learning to swim and feed on their own.

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We've got a few adults in between which are almost ready to go because they're flying.

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This is one is ready to be released back into the wild today.

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He's been recovering here for a week after he crashed into a power cable.

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Ouch! It's something swans do a lot apparently.

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It's been off its legs for a few days but it's fine now and he's ready to go.

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-OK, we're going to release him?

-Yes.

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Good luck, Sara.

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Swans can weigh up to 13 kg and they're very, very strong.

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Sara approaches with care.

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Jack and Madihah are poised with the swan carrier.

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No messing about, Sara quickly has him tagged.

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There we go. OK, let's wrap him up.

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Then Jack and Madihah get him bagged.

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OK, the middle one.

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Ah, looks like this baby herring gull is going to miss the big fellow.

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What do you want?

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-What's your problem?

-He wants to come too.

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They are big birds, swans, so don't even think about trying to catch one yourself, all right?

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-He's wriggling.

-Yes, he is trying to wriggle out, isn't he?

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Don't forget, we know what we're going to do with this one but the swan has no idea,

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so it might be feeling a little bit apprehensive and nervous.

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In fact the swan is so jumpy he couldn't wait to use the toilet, but unfortunately there isn't one.

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-Urgh!

-There's been a slight erm... dirty protest here from the swan.

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That's me told.

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Thankfully it's just a short ride in the now rather smelly animal ambulance

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to the lake where the swan was first found injured.

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So, only seconds away now, yes?

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Yes, absolutely. Just pop him down here.

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Great. I think he obviously knows about it as well.

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Yes, he's seen the water.

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Well, done, you two, you've done a sterling job.

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-Are you ready to release it back?

-Yes.

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There he goes.

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Now, all that's remaining is for this beautiful, elegant creature to make a graceful return to the lake.

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Hurray!

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Oops! What a belly flop!

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That's it, not necessarily graceful but a brilliant return all the same.

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Good job, nicely done!

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Well done, boys and girls.

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Jack and Madihah have had a right good go at wildlife work, a great finishing touch to a top day.

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-How has your day been?

-Great.

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-Fantastic.

-Yes?

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-I've learnt so much and I think I learnt really a lot more than I expected I would.

-Excellent.

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From now on, will you be donning your wellies a lot more and getting out into the British wildlife?

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-Yes.

-Very good.

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Madihah and Jack go wild in Somerset as they make a personal pudding delivery to some hungry foxes and move a pair of otters. Katie and Abi help one of the rarest penguins on the planet and are deployed on deep-sea duties with a real-life marine monster. Plus Dom smells trouble as he has to groom gassy Cassie the giant horse.


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