Episode 17 Green Balloon Club


Episode 17

Lily-Rose and friends travel Great Britain in a green hot-air balloon hearing stories from children. The team look at how Basil the kitten is like his larger African cousins.


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# Gather round, one and all

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# You gotta answer the call

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# Listen up, look around you

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# There's a magical world to explore

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# There's a nature adventure

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# Coming your way soon

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# So come and join us

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# In this Green Balloon

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# And when we fly We're higher than the moon

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# So join us

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# Ah, ah

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# In our Green Balloon. #

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Hello! It's time for the Green Balloon Club!

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And we've got a very special visitor today.

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Skipper, you're going to have to be very good.

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In fact, you're going to have to go on your lead.

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Let's go in and see who it is!

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ALL: Hello!

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Welcome to the Green Balloon Club.

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And look who's come to visit us! It's Basil.

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That's funny. Cat has a cat.

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-He's so beautiful and soft.

-Where did he come from?

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He belongs to a friend of mine. I'm looking after him.

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Oh, look at poor Skipper!

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Don't worry, Skip - we all still love you, too.

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Would you like to help with the register?

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OK, then. Lily-Rose!

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Miaow! Miaow! Schlurp. Miaow! Miaow!

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Oh, no! Lily-Rose has turned into a cat!

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-Ant?

-Miaow! Miaow!

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-Miaow!

-Oh dear, Skipper - Ant's a cat too!

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What about you, Cat? Are you a cat?

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Miaoo-oow!

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Oh, no.

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You're not a cat, are you, Skipper?

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-WHINE

-Of course you're not.

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You're a dog, and you're a very good one, too.

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Now it's me. Should I be a cat or a dog?

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See if you can guess!

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HE PANTS

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That's right! I'm a dog!

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Just for you, Skipper.

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Sky?

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Miaow! Miaow! I'm here!

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And what about you? Are you a cat or a dog?

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THEY MIAOW AND PANT

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Very good! Everybody's here and ready to join in

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-with the Green Balloon Club chant!

-ALL: Yay!

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DRUMBEAT

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ALL: We love animals, plants and birds

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We love snails and slugs

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Large and small, we love them all And we never, ever step on bugs

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Cos we are the Green Balloon Club!

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Sky, Basil wants to know where we're heading today.

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Ah! Well, Basil, at the moment we're nearing the coast.

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Oh, that's a great place for spotting birds!

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Uh-oh.

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We don't want any hunting from you, Basil.

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Cats are very sweet, but sometimes they can be a pest to the birds.

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That's why Basil wears a bell -

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so that birds can hear him when he's coming.

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BOTH: Hello!

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I spy some Green Balloon Club members!

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Hello!

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Hello!

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We have come to the marshlands today

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to report on the wading birds that live here.

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Come on! Let's go and find some birds.

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Marshes are wet, muddy patches of land.

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Reeds and other plants love to grow in them.

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It's actually fascinating just sitting here.

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-Can you hear the bird calls?

-Yeah, I can.

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-I can see the hut from over here.

-Me as well.

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Let's go to that hide and spot some birds!

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'Lots of birds can be found in marshlands all year round.

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'But lots more flock here from colder countries

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'for the warmer winter.'

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'We are here in this hide trying to spot the birds.'

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'We got our binoculars to get a better view.

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'We have to keep very quiet and still to see them.'

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I can see everything from here. It's a lovely view.

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'There are lots of different wading birds here.

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'Look at their long legs wading in the water!

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'That's why they're called wading birds.'

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'I've spotted a redshank.

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'It's a medium-sized wading bird.

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'Can you see its long red legs and long straight beak?

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'You can spot this bird all year round.'

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'I saw lots of birds flying in the water.'

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'Oh! I can see a black-tailed godwit!

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'This is a large grey wading bird.'

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'Look at its long straight beak.'

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'It has a black tail.

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'Which is why it's called a black-tailed godwit.'

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I can see a lapwing!

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'It is black and white.

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'Look at its beautiful crest of feathers on its head.

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'They are all huddled together to roost.'

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'The birds are feeding in the mud.

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'There are lots of crabs, insects, worms and shellfish

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'to be found in the mud.

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'The birds are really far away now.'

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We hope you enjoyed seeing the birds with us.

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You should go and find some too. Bye!

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You wouldn't have chased those birds, would you?

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I think he would, Cat. It says in this book

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that they're in the same family as lions and tigers.

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And they are all hunters.

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-They're the big cats.

-Why are they called that?

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Because I think lions and tigers are their cousins.

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Are they the same, just bigger?

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I wonder. He does look a bit like a tiger with this stripes,

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and he is a bit of a hunter.

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Does he have sharp eyes?

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Hee!

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He's liking that.

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Oh, yes. Hunter.

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Does he have sharp ears?

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SQUEAK

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Yes. Hunter.

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Does he have sharp claws?

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Let's look.

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Oh! Yes. Hunter.

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That's interesting. Basil's claws can go in and out.

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Skipper's just stay out.

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That's funny. I wonder if the big cats can do that as well.

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Look at his sharp teeth. They're like a tiger's, too.

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-What does he eat?

-Cat food.

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-Is that meat?

-Yes.

-Big cats eat meat as well,

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so really, Basil is a little big cat!

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Did you know that Nature Chris is in Africa at the moment?

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Wow! Did you know that there's lots of big cats there?

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-That's right!

-We should ask Nature Chris to find out about them.

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I'll do it!

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We're going on a lion hunt. How about that?

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But are the lions really like our little cat?

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What on earth is this?

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This looks like a Green Balloon Club mission to me.

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It says, "We're going on a lion hunt - how about that?

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"But are the lions really like our little cat?"

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Well, I am in the Masai Mara in Africa,

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and this is probably the best place in the world to see lions.

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So I guess we better get going. What I need for this is a special car.

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Ah, here we are.

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AFRICAN MUSIC

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I've heard reports that there's a group of lions

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at a place called Bila Shaka, so that's where we're heading now.

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I know this mission was supposed to be about lions,

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but I just couldn't resist stopping to have a look at these guys.

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The lions are here as well, right next to these elephants!

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This is a pride of lions.

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Now, a pride is another word for a family.

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In this family, there are four females

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and nine cubs.

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There are two males as well but they're not here at the moment.

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They're the ones with big bushy manes.

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And these cubs are just like kittens back home.

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They love nothing more than having a good play.

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You looked at the eyes on your kitten.

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Although I can't test the eyesight of these ones,

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I can assure you it's really good.

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They've got a lovely big eye which they use to hunt with.

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Another thing you looked at was the claws on your kitten.

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Now, these lions have exactly the same.

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At the moment you probably won't be able to see them,

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but when they do get them out, they are massive.

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You can see by the size of their paws, absolutely huge.

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And then there's the teeth, of course.

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These guys have got some absolutely huge teeth

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and they use those to eat meat,

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just like the kittens back home.

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But the meat these guys eat isn't the kind that comes out of a can.

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No, they have to catch all of their own.

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These lions are real hunters.

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I'm going to stay and watch these lions a bit longer,

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but I think that's mission complete. Back to you in the Green Balloon.

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Lucky Nature Chris!

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I'd love to go to Africa.

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Hey, Skipper, we'd better watch out for our little cat!

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-It could be dangerous.

-Is something wrong, Skipper?

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I think she's a bit fed up with all the talk about cats.

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Is it true that Skipper's claws don't go in and out like Basil's?

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I don't know. Would you mind if we had a look, Skipper?

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Look. I think they stay out.

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Yeah, from underneath the fur.

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They're not sharp. Not like cats.

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That's interesting. I never knew that!

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Special report! Special report!

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Here's Jelly with a special report.

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Let's hope it's not about cats, eh, Skipper?

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That scarecrow looks like Jelly from the Green Balloon Club!

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Oh, no! It's me, Jelly, from CBeebies!

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I'm not a scarecrow. I'm here to do a special report.

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Do you want to come and look at all the scarecrows with us?

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Oh, yes, please! I would love to!

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-Come on, then!

-OK!

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I can't believe they thought I was a scarecrow.

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Oh! Oh, look at this one!

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He doesn't look like he would scare any birds, does he?

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He's really friendly.

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Oh, this one's a funny one!

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There are lots of scarecrows in your village, aren't there?

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Yes, Jelly. We have a scarecrow festival every year

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and people put their scarecrows in their garden.

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Ah, I see, yeah! I do like this one.

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He really reminds me of someone.

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Oh, yes! That's it! He reminds me of Nature Chris. Yes.

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He's even got a pair of nabloculars and one of those funny jumpers.

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We've been making our own scarecrow, Jelly.

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-Come on, we'll show you.

-OK.

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Hello, lady scarecrow!

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I think she needs some hair, doesn't she?

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-Great. We've got some straw.

-Are you going to use that?

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Go on, then!

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We're putting some straw on a lady scarecrow.

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She looks so pretty.

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She's looking like a real girl now, isn't she?

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Yes, yes. I think Mrs Scarecrow is going to do a really good job

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of scaring the crows away from your vegetables.

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What if the birds want to eat them? Won't they be hungry?

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No, Jelly. We've got a bird-feeder over there.

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Oh, that's good. I wouldn't want the nice birdies to be hungry.

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Shall we go over there for a bit

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-and see if Mrs Lady Scarecrow does her job?

-Yeah.

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Good luck, Mrs Scarecrow! Oh, wait for me.

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What do you think, girls?

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She's doing a good job, isn't she?

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-No crows!

-No crows.

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Still no crows! There are no crows!

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Well done, Mrs Lady Scarecrow!

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Well, this is special reporter Jelly

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and my friends Delphi and Abby.

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And Mrs Lady Scarecrow!

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Back to you in the Green Balloon. Up, up and away!

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# When all the cats were sleeping

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# And the sun had gone to bed

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# Up jumped the scarecrow

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# And this is what he said

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# I'm a dingle-dangle scarecrow with a flippy-floppy hat

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# I can shake my hands like this And shake my feet like that. #

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That's wonderful, Lily-Rose. Basil really liked that.

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Did you like that, Skip?

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Oh, dear.

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I'll make something to cheer Skipper up.

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-Would you like to help me, Jay?

-Sure! What do we have to do?

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First of all, wrap this round.

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And then...

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-Do you need some help there?

-Please, can you just hold that there?

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And then...

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I'll wrap it round.

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There.

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And now I need to put this through.

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-And...can you hold this straw up for me there?

-Yep.

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Thanks.

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-Is it a scarecrow?

-It's a kind of scarecrow, yeah.

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-I'll hold that.

-Thanks.

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And now, we need to do its face.

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Can you stick one googly eye on?

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And I'll stick the other one on.

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Now, we'll draw a face.

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Scarecrows don't have that kind of mouth.

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I know. But doggy scarecrows do.

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Wow! That's really clever, Ant!

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-Do you want to help me glue one of these on?

-Yes, please.

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I'll do this one.

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There you are.

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-Is that OK?

-Yep.

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That's really good, Ant.

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-Shall we show it to Skipper?

-Yes.

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What do you think, Skipper?

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I think she likes it.

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She's giving it a kiss.

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Hey, everyone! I spy some Green Balloon Club members down below.

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It must be time for the Spot Of The Week.

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Hello! We're spotting apple trees in my grandad's garden!

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Let's get spotting!

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You can often find apple trees in gardens and parks.

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Apples start to grow in June from the apple blossoms.

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At this time of the year, apples are ripe and ready to pick.

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There are lots of different kinds of apple trees,

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and they grow in all shapes and sizes.

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This big tree is a Bramley apple tree.

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The apples on this tree are for cooking,

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so we are picking some for a yummy apple crumble.

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This apple tree grows apples that we can eat now,

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but make sure you wash them first.

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-Delicious!

-So remember the clues!

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They are often found in gardens and parks.

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The apples are ripe and ready to pick at this time of year.

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Apple trees come in different shapes and sizes.

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Now why don't you spot some apple trees? Bye!

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If you managed to spot an apple tree this week,

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you can go online and collect a green star for your scrapbook,

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but first, you'll need to know the secret picture password,

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and this week, we have a choice. Basil or Skipper.

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Hmm. Now, which one shall we choose?

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Basil IS our visitor,

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but then again, Skipper is part of the Green Team,

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so I think I'll choose Skipper.

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Yes! So Skipper's this week's secret picture password,

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and now we're in, here's something else you can do,

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sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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It gives you even more Club things to do,

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and you can take a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Green Balloon.

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Can Basil join the Green Balloon Club?

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Yes. I've made him a badge. Look.

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Can he come every week, like Skipper?

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No, he's got to go home now.

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Oh, it's been really nice having Basil with us.

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Hold on tight everyone, we're coming in to land!

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And whenever we land, it's time for a song!

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# All those creatures are beautiful

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# Fill the world with colour and sound

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# From the tapping woodpecker to the green caterpillar

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# They all make the world go round

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# They all make the world go round

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# I like the feel of the furry chinchilla when it curls up with you

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# And the feathers of the owl as she says

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# To-whit, to-whoo, to-whit, to-whoo

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# There's nothing like the shell

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# Of a crab, or a turtle, or a snail, or a tortoise

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# Or when a worm wraps herself round your finger

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# Paws and claws and mouths or beaks and wings

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# We see wonder in most everything

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# All those creatures are beautiful

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# Fill the world with colour and sound

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# From the tapping woodpecker to the green caterpillar

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# They all make the world go round

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# They all make the world go round

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# We like to watch the slugs and the bugs and the snakes and the lizards

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# They move so slowly and gracefully

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# We like the hop of the bunnies when the spring time comes

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# And the little lady robin

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# She goes bob-bob-bobbing through the trees

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# Scales and tails and feathers, shells or fur

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# We love every living creature in the world

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# All those creatures are beautiful

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# Fill the world with colour and sound

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# From the tapping woodpecker to the green caterpillar

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# They all make the world go round

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# All those creatures are beautiful

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# Fill the world with colour and sound

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# From the tapping woodpecker to the green caterpillar

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# They all make the world go round

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# They all make the world go round

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# All those creatures are beautiful

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# Fill the world with colour and sound

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# From the tapping woodpecker to the green caterpillar

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# They all make the world go round

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# All those creatures are beautiful

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# Fill the world with colour and sound

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# From the tapping woodpecker to the green caterpillar

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# They all make the world go round

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# They all make the world go round. #

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Moo!

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-COW MOOS

-Aagh!

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-Don't forget to look for some apples this week!

-And if you have a cat...

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Watch out for its wild side!

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-Or maybe make a scarecrow.

-See you next week!

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ALL: Bye!

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Lily-Rose and friends travel Great Britain in a green hot-air balloon hearing stories from children.

Basil the kitten has come to Balloon Club with Cat, and the team look at how he is like his larger African cousins.

There is a special report from Nature Chris who is in the Massai Mara with the Big Cat team. Skipper is a bit put out by all this talk of cats and the team do their best to cheer her up.

Also, Jelly reports from a scarecrow festival whilst Green Balloon Club members find out about wading birds and wildfowl.


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