Pig Farm Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales


Pig Farm

Preschool series about animal health. Ferne is on a farm as they prepare their pigs for a visit from the vet. Rory helps a vet examine some amazing alpacas.


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Hiya, I'm Ferne.

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Today, I'm in Kent to meet Teagan, her auntie

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and their gorgeous pigs

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who are getting a special visit from the farm vet.

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I just love pigs!

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And I'm Rory.

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I'm at an alpaca farm in the Scottish Borders

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to see how the local vet keeps them fit 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 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 Teagan.

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I love coming to see the pigs at my auntie's farm.

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There are 11 pigs that live there.

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Sybil, Sally,

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and nine piglets.

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The piglets are so cute.

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Look at their curly tails!

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I like helping to look after them.

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Piglets really enjoy their mud bath.

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Pigs are my favourite animals!

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-Hi, Ferne.

-Hiya, Teagan. And you must be Auntie Helen.

-Hello.

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-What are you guys doing?

-Putting acorns in the bucket for the pigs.

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-Oh, they're going to love that.

-Shall we go and see them?

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Yes, please, that would be great.

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Hello! Hi, pig!

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Oh, they look very excited to get these acorns as a special treat.

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There's so many, Teagan! What age are they?

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They're quite small.

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-Three months.

-Well, except for this one, who's this?

-That's Sybil.

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-Hi, Sybil. Is she a bit older?

-She's eight months old.

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Oh. So these guys are still quite young.

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-Do you know what young pigs are called?

-Piglets.

-Yeah.

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They're really wonderful. Hi! What types of pigs are they?

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-Berkshire pigs.

-Oh, that's really special, isn't it?

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Cos they're quite rare.

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You can tell they're Berkshires because they're all black

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but they've got little white spots on their noses, their tails

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and also their feet, and they look like they're wearing socks.

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They love their tummies being rubbed.

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Oh, you happy little piglet.

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I think my favourite thing about pigs are their noses

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because they're really, really good at sniffing out tasty food.

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But I noticed there's one pig with a very special nose,

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she doesn't have a blaze on it.

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-Who's that?

-Blackie.

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She isn't eating as much and she's much smaller than the others.

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So is that why the vet is going to come visit today?

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Yeah, hopefully he can help.

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-Do you want to come and join us, Ferne?

-I would love to.

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This is going to be interesting.

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This is vet Nick.

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He has been a vet for five years.

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When he was training, he treated

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a cheetah with two broken legs

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and also helped a Labrador

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who had eaten a toy dinosaur.

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-Hey, guys.

-Hiya, Nick.

-Hi, Teagan.

-Hello.

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How is little Blackie doing today, Teagan?

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-She's all right, but she's not eating as much as the others.

-No?

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-And she's a lot smaller.

-Oh, OK.

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-Shall we have a look at her, then?

-Yeah.

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So where do you need to start when you give a little piglet a checkup?

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Well, I think we'll start from the front and work back.

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Checking her nose.

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What are you looking for with her nose?

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-Bogeys?

-Yeah!

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Check there's nothing running out of there that shouldn't be.

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Just looking at her mouth now,

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check that she's got all her teeth all right, there's nothing stuck.

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-Great.

-And then just checking her eyes,

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she if she's got any conjunctivitis.

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She might have an infection or something that would hurt her.

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Could be. Yeah, absolutely. A quick check of her ears.

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And what are you looking for in her ears?

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See if there's any wax or any discharge in there.

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Her trotters look good as well.

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What are you looking for with those trotters?

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Just checking that their nails aren't too long

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and that there's no sores on their feet.

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So we'll just have a quick listen to her heart

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-and to her lungs to check that they're OK.

-OK.

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HEART THUMPS

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How does her heartbeat sound?

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It sounds really good, nice and healthy.

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I'm just listen to her breathing.

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Just to check that her lungs sound OK.

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If they weren't OK, would you hear kind of like a crackle or a wheeze?

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Yeah, they'd be a bit crackly.

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-And how are her lungs?

-They sound good.

-Well done!

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Lots of noises from eating.

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Just going to feel her tummy and see if that's painful

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by pressing on it.

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She seems pretty happy.

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What would it mean if you pressed on her tummy

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-and it was sore?

-Just that she had a bit of a painful belly, really.

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-Something that might stop her wanting to eat.

-OK. So,

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she doesn't have any tummy ache, what else do you need to check for?

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I'm just going to check her body condition,

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because, Teagan, you're worried

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that she's small and not eating too much.

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So we're just checking to see if I can feel her spine and her ribs,

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to see if she's underweight or if it's just that she is a small pig.

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And everything feels good, so I think she's all right.

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Great, so she's smaller than the others but she's still healthy.

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-Yeah, appears to be.

-Well done, Blackie!

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Blackie has had her checkup and she's doing great,

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-so what do you need to do next?

-It's time to have a look

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at the rest of the piglets and make sure they're OK

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-and they haven't got any things like conjunctivitis.

-Perfect.

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Conjunctivitis is an eye infection that makes

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eyes itchy, puffy and a bit sore and red.

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Sometimes, the eye will feel sticky, too.

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It can be treated with medicine, often drops or cream,

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to help clear up the eyes quickly.

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It's important that it's treated by a vet

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because it can spread to other animals easily.

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Time for the rest of the piggies' checkups.

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Who are you going to start with?

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-This one.

-How about his little one here?

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That little one looks good.

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Just like with Blackie, vet Nick is checking each of the other

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piglets from snout to tail.

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And it's a great opportunity for an extra tummy scratch.

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So, how can you tell if a pig has conjunctivitis?

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So, you need to look in their eyes and see if they've got any red

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along the edge of their eyelid.

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And sometimes, they have a discharge as well, some gunk,

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-like eye gunk.

-OK.

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Let's have a listen to this one.

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Vet Nick is now checking the pigs using his stethoscope.

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-Do you want to come down here and have a listen, Teagan?

-OK.

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HEART THUMPS

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-What does it sound like, Teagan?

-All like...

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-Dum, dum, dum...

-Yeah?

-Is it fast?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah? A good, strong heartbeat.

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It's important to check that each pig has a healthy heart and lungs.

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How does that one's heart and lung sound?

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They sound good as well. They are excited about their food.

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And finally, vet Nick checks the piglets' body condition.

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They all seem to be very good.

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Feeling along their back...

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Not too much squish.

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They're a good...a good weight.

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We're almost done,

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but it's not easy trying to examine lots of greedy piglets.

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-Oh, no.

-Oh, no.

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Well done, pig.

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While we give this piglet some well-deserved tummy rubs,

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let's see who else vet Nick has been checking up on today.

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It's not just the piglets being examined by vet Nick today.

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His next patient is a lot bigger.

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This is Sally, she's the piglets' mum,

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and we're going to give her a quick check over.

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Nick examines Sally and checks her body condition.

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Then he listens to her heart and lungs.

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And Sally is a healthy pig.

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Vet Nick also gives eight-month-old Sybil a general checkup.

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All the pigs are healthy and free to go back to their mud baths.

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There you go, piggies.

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Teagan, I have had a wonderful time meeting you

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and all your gorgeous pigs.

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Do you think it would be all right

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if I came back soon to see how you're all getting on?

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-Yeah, that would be really nice.

-Thank you.

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I wonder what Rory's been up to.

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CAR HONKS

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This farm in the Scottish Borders is home to lots of adorable alpacas,

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and I've come to meet with Stuart, who looks after them.

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-Hi, Stuart.

-Hi, Rory, how are you?

-Good.

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And look at all these beautiful guys!

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How many alpacas have you got here, on the farm?

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We've got 26 adults and four cria.

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-And cria are the babies, of course, right?

-Yes.

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Alpacas are originally from South America,

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and they're usually bred for their amazing coats.

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It comes in lots of different colours, it's incredibly soft

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and also is great for people with allergies,

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so it's good in clothing as well.

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So, why do you keep these alpacas,

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apart from the fact they're very cute?

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We keep them for their fleece. They get sheared once a year.

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And we also do alpaca trekking with them.

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-That sounds like amazing fun.

-That's great fun.

-Now,

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I'm noticing there's a couple of different coats that these

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alpacas have, so you've got this one here,

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which is slightly longer.

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Both of these guys, actually. And it's a bit more curly.

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-This is a suri alpaca, right?

-That's correct.

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And these guys with the softer, looks a bit like a teddy bear...

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Hello, I know.

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And that's a huacaya alpaca. So two different kinds of coats.

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Well, these guys are looking great, but I understand one of your

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alpacas has been having a wee bit of trouble.

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Yes, Ringo has got a little bit of a skin problem,

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so we've asked Pete, our vet, to come out and have a check,

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and just make sure he's OK, so Pete is waiting with Ringo

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in the stable as we speak.

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-Great, I'll pop over there now.

-OK, no problem.

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-Cheers. See you later, Stuart.

-Bye.

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-Hey, Pete.

-Hi, Rory. So this is Ringo,

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and we're looking at him today

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because he's got a problem with a mite infestation.

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You can see he has lost the hair over his ears there.

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-So quite a bit of the hair has come off there, hasn't it?

-Yeah,

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so this is caused by a little mite living on the surface of the skin,

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and it causes damage just the hair follicles and the hair comes out.

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Mites are tiny bugs, no bigger than the pointy head of a pin,

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and they're in the same family as spiders and ticks.

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They can bite alpacas in the skin and also lay eggs under it as well,

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and it can cause a lot of itchiness and problems.

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So how are we going to treat that, Pete?

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So we're going to get him a course of injections. It's important

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we treat the rest of the alpacas in the herd as well,

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so they don't keep spreading mites back and forth to each other.

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Hopefully, with these injections, we can get it cleared up.

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So, how do we get him ready for these injections?

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-If you could hold on to his lead rope there.

-Yeah, sure.

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And then, I'm going to put it under the skin, behind his leg.

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So this injection will help get rid of the mites on Ringo's body

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and help him to get better. This won't hurt at all,

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just a scrape, like us getting an injection?

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Exactly. He'll feel the needle going through the skin,

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but it won't sting at all.

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Good boy, it's OK.

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That's fine, that's all done there.

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What a good boy, he did so well!

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OK, we can let him back to his friends in the field.

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Oh, that's great. Ringo, you've been so good,

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you've definitely earned a wee treat. Here's a carrot.

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What a good boy!

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Pete, thank you so much for introducing me to Ringo.

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Not long ago, I met Teagan and her gorgeous piglets who got

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a very special visit from the farm vet.

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Today, I'm back to see how they're all doing

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and to hopefully get some piggy cuddles too.

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Hiya, Teagan, hi, Helen.

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-BOTH:

-Hi, Ferne.

-What are you doing?

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We're collecting acorns for the pigs. Do you want to help me, Ferne?

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-Yes, please.

-Let's go.

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-Over here.

-Here's some.

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Oh, look at this super one.

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So, how any acorns do we need to collect for these piglets?

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A lot, to feed all of them, cos they eat lots and lots and lots.

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They're really hungry.

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-Shall we take these to the piglets?

-Yes, I think we've got enough.

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-Hi, pigs!

-Here are your acorns, piggies!

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They love them, don't they?

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-They eat loads.

-They definitely do.

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How have they been doing, Teagan?

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They've been doing really well.

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Blackie's been getting a bit fatter and eating more.

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-I think that Nick will be happy to hear that, won't he?

-Yeah,

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-he will.

-Well done, Blackie.

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Hello, pig!

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Teagan, thank you so much for having me, I've really enjoyed it.

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I hope you've had fun too,

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finding out all about these gorgeous piglets.

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

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-BOTH:

-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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Ferne meets Tegan at her Auntie's farm where she helps look after the pigs. Together they join a vet who is visiting to check on the piglets. Rory travels to an alpaca farm and meets the local vet who is doing checks on the animals.


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