Albert the Armadillo Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales


Albert the Armadillo

Preschool series about animal health. Rory visits a small zoo and helps take some unusual residents to meet the vet. Ferne checks on a baby monkey.


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Hello, I'm Rory. I'm near Blackpool to meet Austin,

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who has some unusual animals that need help from the vet.

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-This will be interesting.

-And I'm Ferne.

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I'll be finding out how the vets at a zoo in Winchester

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are helping to care for one of their gorgeous baby animals.

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# Ferne and Rory telling you the story of some poorly pets

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# We will take them, show you how to make them better at the vets

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# Vet tales These are our vet tales

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# Vet tales Ferne And Rory's Vet Tales. #

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Hi, my name's Austin.

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My dad runs a small zoo.

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We have lots and lots of animals here.

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Some are scaly.

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Some are fluffy.

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And some are even slimy.

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I help look after them all.

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I love animals so much.

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-Hi, Rory.

-Hey, Austin. And you must be Dad, Neil. Hello.

-Hello.

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Austin, you've got loads of animals here,

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-including these lovely capybara and mara.

-Yes, we do.

-It's amazing!

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Do you want to see some more?

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-I would absolutely love to. Shall we get going?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, come on!

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Austin, you have got animals from all over the world here, don't you?

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Yeah, we've got an alpaca from South America

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and we've got some wallabies from Australia.

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-They're very cute, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-What else have you got?

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We've got some little egrets.

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Little egrets, where are they from?

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-From all over the world.

-Beautiful. And who's this?

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A snowy owl.

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-They're from the Arctic, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-Gorgeous.

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-We've got some black-faced ibis.

-Very nice.

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There are lots of different birds and animals here at your dad's

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zoo and you know so much about all of them. Right, who's in here, then?

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Some vulturine guinea fowl.

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Brilliant! You've got farm animals here as well. Who's in here?

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We've got some sheep and we've got some chickens and a duck.

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A duck as well!

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You and your dad look after all these animals

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so that people can come and learn all about them.

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There are so many animals, Austin, how do you keep them fit

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-and healthy?

-Well, a vet visits and she's coming today.

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-Would you like to meet her?

-That sounds great. Brilliant.

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Come on, then.

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This is a vet Shona. She's been a vet for 27 years.

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She often looks after exotic animals.

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The most unusual creature she has treated is a seahorse who had

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a gas bubble in his pouch.

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And one time she treated a lizard, which was the same

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length as a motorbike.

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We're off to meet vet Shona,

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who's taking a look at a very unusual animal.

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Hello, Austin and Rory, how are you both today?

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We're doing well, aren't we?

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Shona, you're the zoo's vet and you look after all the animals here.

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-Who is this little guy?

-This little chap is Albert

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and he is a southern three-banded armadillo from Brazil.

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He is very cool.

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Armadillos are incredible animals with this armour on their backs.

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They use the bony plates to protect themselves from predators

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in the wild and he'll roll up so nothing can get to him.

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So, what are you checking him for today?

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Well, we're going to give Albert a health check today

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-but first, we're going to weigh Albert.

-Great.

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As I pick him up, Albert will naturally go into his shell.

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This is him curling up into the ball? Amazing!

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Perfectly adapted just to fold up in a tight ball.

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It means that predators would find it very difficult to eat him.

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So cool! Isn't that amazing?

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-Let's put Albert on the scales and we'll see what he weighs.

-OK.

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-There we go.

-How's his weight looking?

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Looks good, he's 1.38 kilograms, which is similar to the last time.

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And that's what you'd expect from an armadillo of his age and size?

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Yes. We weigh him regularly so we can keep an eye on any changes.

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-And what's next?

-We'll have a wee look at his eyes to make sure there

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-is no discharge, so no pus coming out of them.

-That's nasty gunk?

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Yes, that's correct. Same with his ears.

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He's shivering because he's feeling a bit cold.

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So we won't keep him out for too long, he needs to get back

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-to his enclosure.

-Where it's nice and warm.

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We could put the stethoscope to listen to Albert's heart

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but I suspect he will just curl up.

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If we had to do anything more serious we'd have to sedate him,

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-but we don't have to do that today.

-OK.

-But we can look at his plate

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we've got our machine here and I can show you the bristles on his neck.

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These are specialised hairs. Do you know what are the hairs for?

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-Is it to sense stuff?

-Exactly. Even though he has these plates,

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he has specialised hairs like a cat's whisker,

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so he can feel his way through the bushes when he's looking for food.

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-Is there anything else you need to check today?

-We're going to give

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-Albert a microchip.

-Have you ever seen that before?

-Never!

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Let me explain...

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The microchip is tiny, about the size of a grain of rice

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and contains a unique number.

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It's injected under the skin of the animal and sits there safely.

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It doesn't hurt them and, once the chip is in place,

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it can be checked with a scanner.

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The microchip number is stored in a computer system along with

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each animal's owners' information. Microchipping is very important

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because it means each animal can be identified if lost or sick.

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Firstly, we've got to prepare the area so we put some surgical spirit

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on a little bit of cotton wool and we have to clean along the back

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of his neck in between the plates where there's skin.

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Then we're going to check his microchip to make sure this

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-has a number.

-And that's an individual code only for Albert.

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That's right and only Albert will have this number. So...

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That's it. There we go. Good boy.

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There you go. That's him.

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Would you like to do it Austin?

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-There you go.

-Perfect.

-And that's his number.

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You've done amazingly well, Albert. Who's next, Austin?

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-The baby meerkat.

-This is going to be good!

-How exciting.

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Right, Albert, get you back and we can get the meerkats in.

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Neil, we've got you here as an extra pair of hands to help.

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They're wiggly little things, so I'll hold it and Shona will

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insert the microchip and then we'll give them a health check.

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-They're going to be so cute! How many meerkats have you got?

-13.

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That's brilliant because meerkats are sociable animals that live in

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groups known as mobs and clans, which are led by a dominant female.

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These guys are a few months old, so we can microchip them?

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Yes, we can only microchip an animal that's over a certain weight.

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Right, let's begin the task.

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Vet Shona carefully injects the microchip under the baby

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-meerkat's skin and then gives it a test.

-There we go, all done.

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Great, microchip done.

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So, this is similar to Albert except a bit more wriggly.

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-And easier to put in as well.

-Now she checks if it's a boy or a girl.

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-Male.

-I think so.

-So that's a boy?

-This is a boy.

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Vet Shona uses a special tool called a stethoscope to listen to

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the baby meerkat's heart. Are you checking the heart rate?

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Yes. They haven't been examined or handled before.

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-Great, pop that one back in.

-Remember who's who.

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-Have you got names for them?

-There's too many to name.

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I think Rory would be a great name for a meerkat!

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-Maybe we've got a Ferne here!

-Who knows?

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-There we go.

-Did very well there. That was really good.

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I try to be gentle. There we go. That's it. Excellent.

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-Microchip's in, perfect.

-Oh, my word. You're a right wriggle-lump!

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-Very noisy! All good?

-That looks good, yes, very good.

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And are you going to check the sex as well, to see

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-if it's a boy or a girl?

-Oh, a little boy.

-So it's not Ferne!

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-No! Two Rorys.

-Two Rorys, great choice of name!

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-Well, Austin, how do you think they did?

-Really good.

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They were wriggly, but they were very good.

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While we get these guys ready to go back to their mums,

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let's see who else Shona's been helping today.

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Here at the zoo, there are lots of potential patients for vet

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Shona to see today.

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But her first appointment is with these fruit bats.

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Vet Shona puts a special ring on their leg.

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Just like a microchip,

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this is another way for the zoo to tell each fruit bat apart.

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Next up is Bluey the blue-tongued skink.

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Using this ultrasound machine,

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Shona is able to listen to Bluey the skink's heart.

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All sounds good.

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Austin, it's been awesome meeting you and some of the amazing

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animals you've got here at the zoo, including this stick insect.

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I'm looking forward to coming back soon and seeing Albert

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-and the meerkats to find out how they're doing. Is that cool?

-Sure!

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I wonder what Ferne's been up to?

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Here at this zoo near Winchester,

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there are lots of animals to look after.

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Today, vet Justine is going to introduce me to one of them.

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Come on!

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This is Denny and he's a baby white-faced saki monkey.

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We're checking him over for the first time to have a close-up look

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at him and we're going to microchip him so we can tell who he is in the

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-future if he ever leaves here.

-Perfect.

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Denny has been given some medicine called anaesthetic to make him

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sleepy so Justine can check him over.

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So I'm going to have a listen to his heart.

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I'm checking that it's beating regularly with the anaesthetic.

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I'm checking there's no problems, so it's not going too fast or too slow.

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It would be very unusual because he's such a baby

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but just to make sure everything's normal.

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And then we'll check his hands.

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Saki monkeys like Denny come from South America.

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These long fingers help them to climb through the tree tops.

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And this tail, would they use that then to help them climb

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-and hang onto branches?

-Absolutely and for balance as well.

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So, I'm feeling his tummy to check that there's no lumps and bumps that

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shouldn't be there and it feels really good.

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Great. And how old is he?

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So he's about eight months now, so not quite a year old,

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so still very young, so he's still with his mum and dad,

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although he's feeding from her less these days.

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So we'll have a look at his eyes, just that they're nice

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and looking normal, that there's no problems there and his nose

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is clear and look at those baby teeth, all lovely and clean.

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-Yeah.

-So, I'm just preparing his microchip now.

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-This is just a special chip that gives them a number.

-Exactly.

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Then there's lots of information available on them, so who he is,

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where he's from, when he was born.

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That links back to his records at the zoo.

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We just pop this in the scruff, like you would with a puppy or kitten.

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If we can get through his lovely coat! He's got a beautiful coat.

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And then when we scan him, the number comes up straight away

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-so we know it's him.

-So that's Denny's ID.

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And we'll just finish off by weighing him as well, so...

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-Come on, Denny.

-Thank you. 1.05 kilos.

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As a male, he's probably going to get a lot more bulky.

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When he was born, Denny had a little brown face,

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but around six weeks in, he started getting these white cheeks

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and that's how you can tell the difference between boys and girls

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and as he gets bigger, his cheeks are going to get even bigger, too.

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-He's a fantastic monkey.

-Yeah!

-Well done, Denny.

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We'll pop him back into his box and then we just keep an eye on him

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-while he's waking up.

-This has been amazing and it's been wonderful

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finding out the work that you do to check on saki monkeys like Denny.

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Thank you very much for letting me see it. Once Denny wakes up, he can

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go back to playing with his friends and family in the trees.

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Not long ago, I met Austin, his dad Neil and some of the amazing

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animals they look after the zoo. Now, I'm back to see how Albert

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the armadillo and the meerkats are getting on.

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Austin, it's so good to see you again

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and brilliant to see this little guy as well, he's so cute!

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-How are the meerkats doing?

-Good.

-All fine since they've had the

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-microchips?

-Yes.

-What about Albert here?

-Just been running around.

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That's brilliant. I think we should let him run around because he's

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-keen to get down there, isn't he?

-Yeah.

-I'll pop him down.

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-He's quite fast!

-Yeah!

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Austin, I've had a great time meeting this little guy,

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all the animals here and you as well.

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-Thanks very much for having me.

-You're welcome.

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I hope you've had fun finding out all about Albert the armadillo

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-and the meerkats here as well.

-See you next time for more

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-Ferne And Rory's Vet Tales.

-BOTH:

-Bye!

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# Ferne and Rory telling you the story of some poorly pets

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# We will take them, show you how to make them better at the vets

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# Vet tales These are our vet tales

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# Vet tales Ferne And Rory's Vet Tales. #

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Rory visits Austin and his dad, who runs a small zoo. Together they take some of the unusual residents to meet the vet. Meanwhile, Ferne travels to another zoo to meet a vet who is checking on a baby monkey.


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