Toni the Tortoise Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales


Toni the Tortoise

Preschool series about animal health. Rory meets a pet tortoise as she goes for a hibernation check-up. Ferne watches a vet examine beavers at a wildlife park.


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Hello, I'm Rory. I'm in Berkshire to meet Isabelle

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and her tortoise, Toni, who's off to the vet's. And we can go along too.

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And I'm Ferne.

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I'll be finding out how the vets here at a wildlife park in Kent

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are keeping their water-loving residents happy and healthy.

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# Ferne and Rory, telling you the story

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# Of some poorly pets

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# We will take them, show you how to make them

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# Better at the vet's

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# Vet Tales

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# These are our Vet Tales

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# Vet Tales

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# Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales. #

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Hiya, I'm Isabelle.

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This is my sister, Megan.

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We have a pet tortoise called Toni.

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This is where Toni lives.

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She likes going in the garden, too.

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She likes her bath.

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We love Toni the tortoise.

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-Hello, Rory!

-Hello, Isabelle! And you must be Laura.

-Hi, Rory.

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Do you want to see our tortoise?

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-I'd love to. Shall we go?

-Yeah.

-Come on, then.

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Wow, look at Toni!

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-How old is she?

-She's three or four years old.

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Wow! So, actually, she's quite young for a tortoise

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because some can be over 100 years old!

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-Now, she's a very special tortoise, isn't she?

-Yeah.

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-Why is that?

-Because she's a rescue tortoise.

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-Yes, that right. Because she was hurt by a fox, wasn't she?

-Yeah.

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Oh, poor tortoise. But you have rescued her,

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taken her in and now she looks like she's doing fantastically well.

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I hear she's off to the vet's today - why's that?

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Because she's got to have a hibernation check.

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Do you know what hibernation means?

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It means they go to sleep.

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Yes! Some animals, including certain kinds of tortoise, hibernate

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and that means that they go into a long, deep sleep for the winter.

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If you're going to the vet's, I'd love to come along, too.

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-Is that OK?

-Yeah.

-Come on, then!

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This is vet Sam.

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She's been a vet for six years.

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As a student, Sam operated on a tiger!

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GRRR!

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And once, she had to X-ray a Newfoundland dog who had

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eaten a mobile phone!

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Toni!

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Hi!

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Hello, Sam.

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-Right, shall we get Toni out?

-Hi, Toni.

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Sam, it's been six months since Toni was injured by the fox -

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how is she getting on?

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She's done very well. She got bitten on her shell,

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-and you can see here...

-Oh, yeah, look at that.

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..but we gave her medicine, and she's bounced back!

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Certainly happy to have a wander around!

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How do you check over a tortoise?

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First, we need to find out, has she been eating

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-and drinking well, Isabelle?

-Yep.

-Perfect.

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Then we make sure she doesn't have a runny nose or runny eyes.

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Can you see any bogeys?

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That looks good, doesn't it? Next, we check inside her mouth.

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-There we go.

-Look at that!

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We're looking to make sure her tongue's nice and pink and

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there's no discharge, no sign of infection

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and it all looks nice and clear.

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-You're happy with that?

-Very happy.

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Next, we will watch her move and make sure she's walking nicely.

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She's fast, isn't she?

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She's really fast! She's off!

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-She's got strong legs.

-What are you checking?

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You're looking for the strength of the muscles?

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Yes, and that she has muscle condition and she's not too skinny.

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Then we want to make sure her injuries are healing.

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-OK. There's more injuries here, as well?

-Yes, at the back here.

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-It can take tens of years for these to grow out.

-Really?

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-So she'll have scars for a long time.

-Wow.

-But she's healed nicely.

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Next thing, we're going to weigh her.

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There we go.

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-She's 600g.

-Is that good?

-Yeah, it's a good weight for her size.

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Then the last thing we will do is check her shell

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so we're going to have a good feel, make sure there's no squidgy bits.

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Does it hurt her?

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No, it doesn't hurt at all - we're not squeezing her too hard.

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Can Toni hibernate?

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She looks like she's ready to hibernate,

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but we've got a few more checks to do first.

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Some animals have a long, deep sleep through wintertime

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to survive the cold temperatures.

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This is called hibernating.

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Hibernation is a time of inactivity

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where the animal's body temperature lowers

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and their breathing and other organs slow down.

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Once they've finished hibernating, their bodies will return to normal

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and they will waken and start to eat and drink again.

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Sam, what else do we need to do to check that Toni's

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-ready for hibernation?

-From her checks so far,

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she's looking really healthy.

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But I'd like to take an X-ray to check she's healthy on the inside.

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Right, an X-ray is like a picture of the inside of your body

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so you can see if there's anything to do before she hibernates.

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-Exactly.

-Great.

-I'll take her off now, then.

-See you soon, Toni!

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-We'll see you in a bit.

-See you in a bit!

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Toni is carefully secured to a lead plate

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so she doesn't walk away during the X-ray.

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Once Toni's ready, vet Sam leaves the room to take the X-ray.

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And now she can check the results.

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That's her X-ray done, let's have a look.

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Excellent, let's see how she's looking.

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-Wow!

-So there you go, that's inside Toni.

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-We can see her bone density is all nice and strong.

-OK.

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She doesn't have any eggs inside her, so she's not pregnant,

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so she's fine to hibernate.

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-The last thing we're going to do is measure her.

-Cool.

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So you're just drawing a line at the top and the bottom.

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The top and bottom of her shell.

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-So she is 13 centimetres.

-OK.

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And then we plot that onto our graph.

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And her weight was 600...

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..so we can see that she's absolutely perfect for hibernation.

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How long has she got to hibernate for?

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We recommend that she has a nice, long sleep through winter

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until early spring.

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-Wow. That is a long sleep, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Where do we need to put her to hibernate?

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We recommend that you pop her in a box with some

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air holes with newspaper in the bottom.

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-Where do you put her?

-Somewhere cool and dry where

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you can check the temperature and make sure there's enough oxygen

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-so you can open the door for her.

-Thank you.

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While we get Toni ready to head home,

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let's see what else has been happening at the vet's today.

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There are lots of animals waiting to see the vet today.

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Sit there, sit down!

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This is Whisper - she's my mum's hearing dog,

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she helps her in daily tasks.

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She's at the vet's today because, unfortunately,

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she has a grass seed stuck in her paw.

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Vet Sam removes the seed in theatre

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so Whisper will soon be back on her feet.

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Archie has come in for his booster injections,

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but he's not too keen on the idea.

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So the vet needs to get down to his level.

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Jobie the Beagle is a rescue dog

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so he's never been to the vet before,

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and there are a lot of new sights and smells.

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Oargh!

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So how do you think Toni did today?

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-She's been great.

-Yeah, I think so, too,

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and it's been so interesting seeing how the vets care

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for tortoises like Toni and awesome meeting you, as well.

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I'd like to come back and say a big "night-night"

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-to Toni before she goes for her big, long sleep. Is that OK?

-Yes, please!

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Awesome. Let's see what Ferne's been up to.

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BEEP, BEEP!

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There are lots of different animals at this conservation park.

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BAAA!

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Vets like Rachel make sure they stay fit and healthy,

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and I'm off to meet some of her patients.

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-Hiya, Rachel!

-Hiya!

-So who have we got here - are these beavers?

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-These are our beavers, yes.

-Fantastic, they're beautiful!

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Beavers love the water and their fur is even waterproof.

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They have this lovely, big, flat tail that helps them steer

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themselves while swimming.

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They can close their nostrils and ears underwater

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so the water doesn't get in. What are we checking the beavers for?

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We need to see if one of them is a boy or a girl

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and we'll do an examination to check that they're all healthy.

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-Fantastic.

-Let's go.

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This beaver has been given a special medicine called anaesthetic

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to help it stay asleep

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so Rachel and nurse Laura can give it a health check.

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Look at those teeth! They are huge!

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-It's all right that they're orange, isn't it?

-Yeah, that's normal.

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Those webbed feet are fantastic, aren't they?

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They are, that's what helps them to swim.

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-Are they fast swimmers?

-Very.

-Hee-hee-hee.

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What are you looking for in her tail?

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We're looking to make sure it's nice and healthy

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and it's got no wounds.

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We want to make sure it's firm and muscly

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and there's no damage to it.

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Our beaver is in great condition. So now for the next check.

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We need to see if it's a boy or girl

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to see if they can breed and have babies.

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-Can you not look at them and tell?

-Unfortunately not, it's difficult.

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One of the ways we can tell is by taking an X-ray

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and see if the boys have an extra piece of bone in their body.

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-We're going to have to turn the lights off now.

-OK.

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And I'll leave the room while they set things up.

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An X-ray takes a special picture which shows

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the inside of the beaver.

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Rachel and Laura leave the room to take the X-ray.

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Moments later, we can see the results.

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We're looking for a little piece of bone

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which normally lies just about here.

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So I can't see any bone in here which leads me

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to believe that this beaver is a female.

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-Brilliant.

-OK.

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Now we know our beaver is a girl, we've got one last check to do.

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They can get a nasty worm that can sometimes cause

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damage to the liver, so we're going to do a quick scan

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to make sure we see no sign of that.

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The liver is a very special organ inside the body

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and this ultrasound machine will help Rachel to look at it.

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-These scans are also used on people, aren't they?

-They are, yes.

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It's exactly the same as animals cos we're all the same underneath.

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There's nothing I'm concerned about here.

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-So she is looking like one healthy beaver?

-She's looking very good.

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Fantastic, well done.

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And once she wakes up again, she goes back to join her friends.

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Recently, I met Isabelle

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and her pet tortoise, Toni, who had to go to the vet's.

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I'm back today to see how they're doing

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and find out if Toni is ready for her big, long sleep.

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-Hey, how are you doing, Isabelle?

-Hello, Rory.

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-And you must be Megan, little sister.

-Hello, Rory!

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So what are you guys up to?

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We're decorating Toni's hibernation box.

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-Oh, perfect, so this is where Toni's going to hibernate?

-Yeah.

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Here we go...

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Ooh!

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Ahh.

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Looks good!

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OK, well, Isabelle,

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I think this is looking absolutely perfect, don't you?

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It looks awesome.

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And now, put some newspaper in.

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The newspaper, along with the holes in the lid,

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make sure Toni has a comfy bed for the winter.

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Now, this is all looking good for Toni to go in, so where is Toni?

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She's round there.

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Ah, let's go, then. Come on.

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Hey, Toni! You're looking gorgeous.

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-I think she's going to love this nice cosy bed here.

-Yeah.

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It's been great meeting you and Toni the tremendous tortoise.

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Thanks for having me.

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Thank you, Rory.

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You're welcome. Night-night, Toni!

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And I hope you've had fun finding out about Toni the tortoise

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and hibernation, too.

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See you next time for more Ferne And Rory's Vet Tales.

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-Bye!

-Bye!

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# Ferne and Rory, telling you the story

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# Of some poorly pets

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# We will take them, show you how to make them

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# Better at the vet's

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# Vet Tales

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# These are our Vet Tales

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# Vet Tales

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# Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales. #

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Rory visits Isabelle and her pet tortoise Toni as they head off to the vet for Toni's hibernation check-up. Meanwhile, Ferne travels to a wildlife park to meet vet Rachel as she examines the beavers.


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