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When the pride of lions go hunting, their prey better watch out.

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Today on Roar, we show you how strong and athletic

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these top predators are.

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This isn't trick or treat. It's nature, red in tooth and claw.

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-Hello, and welcome to Roar. I'm Rani.

-And I'm Johny.

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Rani, what is that? Have you been at it with shaving clippers?

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Oi, oi, oi! You're going to hurt her feelings. This is a naked rat.

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She's born without any hair.

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Maybe I could work that look. What do you reckon?

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Anything's an improvement! Shall we get on with the show?

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Yes, that's right, isn't it?

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Coming up, Meerkat Mountain gets a makeover - a giant termite mound!

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But will the superstructure survive when the mob dig in?

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Nico the silverback is in for a special treat,

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but can you teach an old gorilla new tricks?

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And will the killer question floor keeper Bev,

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or will pygmy goat Popadom floor me?

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I've just been butted! I've been rammed!

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First, though, we're off to Meerkat Mountain, where the group

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of ten adults and six babies are about to get a big surprise.

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The keepers are always dreaming up new ideas

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to keep this mob interested in their enclosure,

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and today, head of animal adventure Darren Beasley has come up

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with a big plan - a giant bug dispenser.

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Meerkats just love bugs.

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On a scale of one to ten, it's 100. They just love them every day.

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And in the wild they find lots of those bugs

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in these great big termite mounds.

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Termite mounds are found in many parts of the world,

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but particularly in the tropical savannah areas of Africa.

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They can get huge. The biggest recorded was nine metres tall!

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They are built by the termites out of mud and saliva,

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and the colony in a large mound may have several million termites.

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Inside there's a network of tunnels for ventilation,

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but as far as a meerkat is concerned this is a high-rise restaurant!

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They'll scratch them open, eat loads of the bugs if they can.

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They climb on them and use them as lookout posts.

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We thought, "Why cant we have a termite mound

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"for a meerkat to sit on?"

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'The first thing for Darren to do is to find the perfect spot.'

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I think the sand area I'm in now

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is probably going to be my favourite position.

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If Im taking the vote on behalf of the meerkat population,

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we vote we want it right here. In fact, X marks the spot.

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Just there'll do.

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The next job is to design the superstructure.

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It's got to be tough enough to be meerkat-proof.

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The man for the job is Bob Savage.

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It's got to be strong enough so the meerkats can't wreck it.

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They've got long claws for digging.

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They might see this as a challenge.

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I'm going to make a chicken wire mesh,

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fill that with anything light, really.

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And then put about six inches of concrete on the outside.

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Hopefully they won't wreck it!

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That's what I'm hoping. But you never know. We'll see.

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OK. Brilliant, thank you.

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It takes a lot of concrete,

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hard work and several days of construction,

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but finally the termite mound is ready for the mob.

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But will it be meerkat-proof?

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It's quite a natural shape. I'm thinking,

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"Will it be strong enough?" That's my concern.

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We'll come back later to find out.

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Up in the lion reserve, the giant scratching post

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that the keepers built them has been looking a very sorry sight.

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After just one day, the pride of eight playful lions

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had wrecked their new toy!

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But keeper Bob refuses to be beaten. So what went wrong last time?

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-Bob, what happened?

-It wasn't up to scratch!

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-Wahay!

-I like what you did there!

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I think the sheer weight of the lions pulling on it

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just overbalanced it and it broke, unfortunately.

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Hopefully, phase two will be better.

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How much does a lioness weigh, Bob? How much weight are we dealing with?

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-We're talking about 160 kilos, at least.

-Wow!

-That is a lot of weight!

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Now, we can say, "new and improved phase two,"

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because last time, there were footballs on there,

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and I was thinking lionesses don't like footy.

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They're not going to go for it but they did!

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But we've got pumpkins on there today.

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-Is this a tasty treat for them?

-Well, they've never had pumpkin.

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Never seen one, probably. So this is the vegetarian option!

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Pumpkins are this vibrant orange colour.

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Do you think they lions will react to that at all? The colour?

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I don't think they actually see colour, as such. They see shades.

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They'll just see something dangling and hopefully go for it.

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OK. To mark this special occasion, Bob, and to hopefully

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give us some luck today,

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we've got our very own Roar pumpkin. Check that out!

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-Can we put it up?

-Yeah, of course.

-Brilliant.

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-Is that it? Get it through the hole.

-Have you got it?

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-Struggling a bit.

-Oh! These boys are definitely struggling,

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but will the lions struggle with the scratch post?

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Join us later in the show to find out.

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-Come on, you lot!

-Give us a hand, then!

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What do you give a pig with a rash?

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Oinkment!

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THEY SNORT

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THEY LAUGH

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What's a cow's favourite movie?

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COW MOOS

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High School Moo-sical!

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Rargh!

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What do you need when it's raining elephants?

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I don't know.

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A concrete umbrella!

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ALL LAUGH

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Back in the workshops,

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the giant new termite mound is finally finished.

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It's two metres high and made of wire mesh and concrete.

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It's got tunnels in that the keepers can fill with bugs for the meerkats.

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But it's massive and weighs a ton, so just getting it to the enclosure

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could be mission impossible.

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And Bob the builder is nervous!

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We've got bumpy ground round the corner,

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so hopefully this won't swing too much and fall off.

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Then we've got to get it over a fence about that high,

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lower it in onto scaffolding poles. Then, with an army of people,

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push it round over bumpy ground to its spot.

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I'm very worried, actually!

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This could go wrong quite easily. The worst thing is this could start

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swinging like a pendulum, and then it will just go "smack!" onto the ground

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and just probably break into 100 pieces.

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I might even cry.

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'The 300-metre journey begins, and it's full of hazards.'

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So far, so good.

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'Stage one, tackling the bumpy track...

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'A hazardous bush...

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'And a live railway.'

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Stage two, got to get it up and over this fence, onto these rails.

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Then, hopefully it will just smoothly run down here

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and into space perfectly. Nothing can go wrong!

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'Bobs asked an army of keepers from around the park to help.'

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Another seven metres of moving. Looking good!

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'There are no machines for this bit. It's just muscle power!'

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Four, three, two, one.

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Woo!

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That went amazingly smoothly. Let's hope the meerkats like it.

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Don't vandalise it. Will it be meerkat-proof?

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That's the next test. We'll see.

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With the masterpiece in place,

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meerkat keeper John Reynolds is impressed.

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The meerkats should love it.

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We can put the bugs in, they'll be able to pull

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everything out and they'll have a great time

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exploring, climbing and doing everything they want with it.

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Right, that's that all ready. Let's let them out.

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But will the meerkats like their giant new bug dispenser?

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It looks like the termite mound is a huge success.

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The mob are having to hunt out the bugs as they would in the wild.

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It is brilliant enrichment. They've absolutely loved exploring it,

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trying to pull all of the bugs out.

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For now, the meerkats are loving their new termite tower,

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but against the mobs strong claws, how long can it really survive?

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Back up in the lion reserve, keeper Bob, Rani and I have finished

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hanging up the pumpkins for the lions and are now safely inside

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the safari vehicle.

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We've put a camera up to get some great shots,

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and now it's time to see if the new scratching post

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is tough enough!

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-Are you ready?

-I'm ready.

-Release the beasts!

-OK!

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They're attacking each other before they even attack the scratch post!

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They're just playing. They're a little bit excited.

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Having a new thing in their section, they're going to be intrigued.

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Here we are, look. Here, she is coming up to it. Having a look.

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'Our post camera's getting some wicked shots!'

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Look at this.

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Obviously, the orange pumpkins attract... Oh, no!

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They're all hankering around but no-one's gone for the pumpkins yet.

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Are they waiting till they're all around that central post

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and then attack them?

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You'll find it intriguing - they're going for the Roar one.

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It'll be the movement that encourages them to take them down.

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That's the one thing - I was more inclined to think,

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that the movement would...

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-Oh!

-Look at that!

-She's gone for the Roar one!

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She was kind of batting it down, wasn't she?

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-Like you see a domestic cat with a ball.

-Yeah.

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That is playing to them. They're trying to get their claws into it.

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It keeps moving slightly.

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I think the last one, a bit too big for her and broke it.

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It's not going to be much to them to break that.

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Bob, there's a lioness here, and she had a taste of this pumpkin,

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and she was going...

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Have they got a delicate palate?

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I'm not sure she liked the taste of that!

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It's a completely new taste. They are primarily carnivores.

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Meat is their main diet. Vegetables don't often come onto their menu.

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They would nibble on grass to help with their digestion.

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And just something completely new.

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Do you try and do that with the lions? Give them new stuff?

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That is the thing... Oh, got another one!

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The thing is, if you do the same thing time after time after time,

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they will get bored. They're even playing with the rope now.

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I thought she'd pull the log off.

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Are lions naturally playful? Would they do this in the wild?

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Would they have time to play?

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They do an awful lot of sleeping in the wild, as they do here.

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Yeah, anything new, it's like the curiosity thing with a normal cat.

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It is with them as well. Anything new, they have to investigate it,

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play with it if they can. If it's too dangerous, they leave it alone.

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SQUEALS: OOH! He got it! Sorry, sorry, sorry!

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I thought a lion was going to eat you then!

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I apologise. It was exciting. She pulled it right down.

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I was very impressed.

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They are incredibly strong animals.

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What they're doing there won't hurt them.

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They've got very strong jaws, and teeth, obviously, and claws.

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-Yeah.

-They can well withstand the weight they hang on.

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It is amazing to see them pulling at it.

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We know that's really secure up there. They are moving it a bit!

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You're saying it's really secure. We know what happened last time!

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That's it!

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The pumpkins are destroyed, and I think the scratch pole will be next.

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But so far, it's one to the keepers and one to the lions. Well done!

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OK, all you gamers, it's cheat code time!

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Today's secret code is WIND56.

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Type that in and see what you get. Happy gaming!

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Half Mile Lake is home to the fastest,

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the fattest, but also the most elderly member of the safari park -

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Nico the silverback gorilla.

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He's 50 years old now and is one of the oldest gorillas in the world.

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Today we're going to find out how clever he is.

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I've come across to Gorilla Island to give Nico a treat.

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Head keeper Mark asked me to bring this along.

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Let's find out what for.

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-Hi!

-Hello.

-I am here with said red thing. What are we doing?

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-Environment enrichment. Simple.

-OK!

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We just fill this with nuts, peanuts, chocolate raisins...

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You're giving Nico, a gorilla, chocolate?

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-Just for a treat.

-Yeah?

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-Not very often.

-All right. Where is Nico?

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-He's outside.

-Shall we just check these are OK first?

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-Yeah, quality control, of course.

-Yeah, that's OK.

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Tell me what we're doing. I'll keep checking...

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Fill these into the ball, we'll put that in the pen

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with some of his other food,

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and then we'll come out, let him in, and he can do what he wants with it.

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Does he normally eat inside?

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-Cos he's got this whole island.

-It depends on the weather.

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Most of the summer, he eats outside and we give him a choice.

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Now it's a bit colder, we keep him in at night.

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That's all in. I'm hoping we'll give him some healthy food as well.

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-Absolutely. We've got a bucket full of food down here.

-OK.

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So if we want to throw all this about inside.

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This is Nico's pen, then?

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So everything can go around.

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There's all sorts of stuff in here. This is super healthy.

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Is this stuff he gets every day?

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Yes. Yeah, he gets a diet like that. Bucket like that twice a day.

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Do you need to hide it under the hay?

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No. He'll sit on it and flatten it. He's quite lazy.

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Well, saying that, cos he is, what, 50 now?

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Does he still have good eyesight?

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Yeah, he's not too bad. Not too bad but he is an old man,

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and he is definitely lazy in his old age.

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All right, Mark, well, all the fruit is out, the veg is out.

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What about the big red ball with the tiny hole?

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Let's check. He could tip it to get out the nuts,

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or he'll have to put his finger in there.

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I think he'll hold it above his mouth and pour it in.

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All right, then. So it doesn't matter where we put it?

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No. Anywhere'll do.

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Right in the middle, and let's get out of here.

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We'll be back in a minute to see what Nico makes of his feeder ball.

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Will he be intelligent enough to get to his chocolate treats?

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It's time to test out some grey matter,

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find out who knows their anteaters from their aardvarks,

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their goats from their guinea pigs and walruses from warthogs.

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In the hot seat today, it's keeper Bev.

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I hope you've brushed up on your pygmy goat knowledge!

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This lot do not kid about. See what I did there with the kid?

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-Yeah - nice!

-Thanks. So we've got some questions, then, guys?

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What are these here called and do they have a purpose?

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They're called wattles and no, they don't really have a purpose.

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Lots of goats are born with them, but some are born without them.

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Who've we got here, by the way?

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Jerry. He's a month and a half old. He's one of our baby pygmy goats.

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He's so cute. What do you reckon?

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Have you got another question? Phoebe?

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Where did they originally come from?

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This is an African pygmy goat, and it's a domestic breed.

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They originally come from Cameroon, so basically, Africa.

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Have you ever seen one being born?

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Yes. I saw Jerry being born, and it's quite exciting.

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It doesn't take long, and normally, they have twins.

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Jerry was born and his sister, Olive.

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What age do they start growing their horns from?

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OK. When they're born, they have nothing there at all.

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Jerry is a month and a half old, so that's a month and a half's growth,

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so basically, they grow straightaway, as soon as they're born.

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Bev, I've got a question, right.

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While you were answering that,

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I've been butted. I've been rammed. Why do they do that?

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That's because you were ignoring him, to be honest.

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He needs stroking and cuddling. He likes being touched and cuddled.

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So they'll beat you up if you don't show them love?

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If you ignore him, yes, yes.

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Are they very good at climbing, like mountain goats?

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Yes, yes, they are. They're brilliant at climbing.

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We've got our climbing frame there. We built it ready for the babies,

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and our babies, although they're only little, running all over it

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and doing really well.

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Why are their coats different colours?

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OK, well, their coats are different because these are a domestic breed.

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It's like having a pet guinea pig.

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Because they're bred with lots of different coloured goats,

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you get lots of different colours.

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In the wild, they are just grey.

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Sorry, Joey, I've got to speak a minute.

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They are generally grey, but when you have a domestic breed,

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you can white ones, yellow ones, tricoloured ones.

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She's doing really well. I think it's too easy.

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How high do they grow?

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About 21 inches high.

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21 inches - that's only half a metre tall!

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Generally, pygmies are described as short in the leg and wide,

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so sometimes they're as wide as they are tall.

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Bev has answered all our questions. She's done really well so far.

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But now I think it's time to ask the killer question.

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THEY WHISPER

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Think we'll trip her up with that one? Huh, huh, huh!

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Feel the power! OK, we think we've got our killer question.

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Connor, are you going to do the honours?

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-OK.

-OK. Prepare yourself, Bev.

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-OK.

-Who has more teeth, an adult pygmy goat or an adult human?

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-Oh, that's a good one.

-That's a little harsh.

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I would say an adult human has more teeth.

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Goats only have them at the front on the bottom.

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So I would say adult human has more than a goat. Is that true?

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Well, I'll be honest with you, Bev...

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It was a bit of a trick question. They both have the same!

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-No!

-Yes, that's right. 32 teeth each.

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We got her on that last killer question! Put it there, guys! Yes!

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Bev, you didn't answer the killer question correctly,

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but you did really well. You BLEAT the system.

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Welcome back to Gorilla Island.

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Earlier, Mark let me go in Nico's pen to place some treats down.

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We placed some fruit and veg, scattered them all around,

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but most importantly, in there is a red ball with a hole in the top

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and it is filled with lots of yummy chocolate raisins and nuts.

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They're a special treat for him. He's outside at the moment.

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We're going to let him in.

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As soon as this door opens, you think he'll come running in, or hobbling in, as he's an old man!

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-We'll see!

-Oh, wow, he was right there!

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He's amazing.

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Now, for us, for safety, cos there's a few of us here,

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-just keep away?

-Yeah. As long as we don't get too close to the bars.

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-And he's all right with us being here?

-Yeah.

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There you go!

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You said you thought he'd hold it above his head and pour it in.

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-Yeah.

-And he's doing exactly that.

-He's not as silly as he looks.

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He's very, very clever.

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When I was holding that ball, it felt really big.

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And look at him holding it. It looks tiny!

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It's nothing to him. It really isn't.

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But he's happy. You know what's in there, don't you?

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-Is that a happy sound?

-Yeah.

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-Doesn't he laugh?

-He doesn't laugh, it's a nice, low, grumbling sound.

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You know that is a happy noise.

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I love the fact he has a balanced diet. He's had a few nuts and raisins, chocolate ones,

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-then he's gone for a slice of apple.

-Yeah.

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With the red ball, that has never been used before in here, has it?

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-No.

-Do you use things like that?

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How has he figured that out straight away?

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We do have another container that's quite similar with holes in,

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so he is aware of the hole idea and things fall out of it.

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I suppose you've done a lot of things like this over his time.

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Is it something you do a lot to keep him entertained?

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We don't have to do it very often all through the summer,

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because all his entertainment is outside.

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We put his food all round that island, so he has to out and forage

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like he would if he was in the wild.

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Although he doesn't like that idea sometimes,

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cos it makes him get off his bum, he does do it

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and it's part of the reason why he's lived to such a good age.

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He goes out in lots of different weathers and is very fit and active.

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The ball's coming in handy as a foot rest now.

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Oh, wow! What's he doing there?

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He was using it to get a bit of extra height!

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Now, using the red ball as a foot rest, is that cos he's older?

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Maybe in his younger days, bit more nimble, would've shimmied up there?

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Definitely. He would've been spending most of his time... We used to put the food up high.

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Because of his age, we do make it a bit easier for him.

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You know when I'm having my tea, I do like to watch a bit of telly.

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I know Nico likes to watch the box, so what do you say

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-we leave him to his dinner and maybe a spot of telly?

-I think so.

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Sounds like a plan.

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We interrupt this broadcast with some breaking news

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down at Meerkat Mountain.

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After just a few hours in with the mischievous mob,

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the new termite mound has been attacked.

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For the latest, we're now going live

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to meerkat keeper John Reynolds.

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It's not taken them long to get through the concrete,

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and so although it has worked, it isn't strong enough for the meerkats,

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and they're just obliterating it now.

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It took a week to build, 14 keepers to haul into place,

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and less than a morning for the mob to trash it.

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The keepers are worried that they may destroy it so much

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it could fall over and hurt the meerkats, so it's got to go.

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It's back to the drawing board to create another -

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a much, much stronger one!

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It is nearly the end of the show,

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but we have made special time to catch up with our favourite, Andy,

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and, of course, the warthogs. Hi, Andy.

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-How're you doing?

-Hi, boys! Still not saying hello to me!

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We've got a group of lads in here. You know what happens when you get lads - mischief! Any characters?

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All three of them are just awesome.

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They're probably my favourite in the park, these three guys.

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They're just so ugly, they're beautiful.

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They're fantastic little things.

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They're great. And they are very characterful.

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All three of them, slightly different.

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What kind of things do they get up to?

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They're just out here doing boy stuff.

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Digging holes, rolling round in mud, charging around, play fighting.

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-Great life!

-I have to defend all the girls.

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We also like playing around in the mud and digging holes!

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-You definitely do, don't you?

-Yeah, and putting on a bit of slap after.

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-You've got apples there, Andy.

-Yeah. If you want to chuck these over the fence, go about ten metres in.

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They'll come over and start eating.

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-And say hello.

-Yeah!

-Here we go. No pressure!

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Yeah, yeah, go on, you go first!

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-Nice.

-Not bad, is it? When they're eating these apples,

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they go slightly down on their knees.

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Do they do that in the wild, and why?

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Because they've got such short, powerful necks,

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for them to bend their head down to eat all the time would be hard,

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so they've adapted and they'll go on their knees.

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They've got hard, calloused knees. They'll go round on their knees

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-cos it's easier for them to do.

-A comfortable position.

-Yeah.

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It's nice to see them relaxed, having their dinner.

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I like to be relaxed having my dinner.

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-That's why tonight, you are cooking.

-In your dreams, Rani!

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While I order us a pizza, check out what's coming up in the next episode of Roar.

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-Meat feast, please.

-I'm a vegetarian!

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Next time on Roar, it's the great parrot talent show!

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We'll meet Bobby, Jake and Matilda!

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They all want to be stars, but who's got the X-tra talent

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to win the judges' hearts?

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There's a hair-raising moment

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when MC the snake goes AWOL in Johny's afro.

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And Toby the Roar Ranger must feed the killer carnivores.

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He's going to need nerves of steel cos he's going right in with them!

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-Don't miss it!

-Oooow!

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