Episode 1 Roar


Episode 1

Wildlife series. Johny and Rani look at the headline-hitting story of how Anne, the last circus elephant in Britain, came to live at Longleat after suffering abuse.


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-Get ready to roar...

-TIGER ROARS

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..because we're back for a brand new series

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of wildlife, fun and animal action.

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And, today, standby to meet the biggest celebrity in Britain,

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because Anne the elephant is moving in.

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THEME MUSIC

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Hello and welcome to a brand new series of Roar. I'm Johny.

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And I'm Rani. We are back at Longleat Safari Park

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for what promises to be the biggest and best series of Roar ever.

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Oh, yeah! Not only are there brand new animals,

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brand new keepers and brand new enclosures,

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but there are brand new sections for us to check out, like this!

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Yes, this is Monkey Temple,

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where these guys, the marmosets, love nothing better than causing

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all sorts of mischief and running across these ropes.

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They are wicked animals, but if we are going to see all the newcomers

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-we had better get on with the all new series.

-Agreed.

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We've got amazing stories and great animal encounters

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lined up for every show

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and it's going to be a bumper series for new babies too.

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But here's what's coming up today.

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There's meerkat mayhem when the mob starts to party.

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-The Roar Rangers must face pygmy goat peril.

-Arrgh!

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And the new birds are small, beautiful and scary...

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Darren, and I'm OK?

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..when they go into a feeding frenzy.

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But we're starting with the dramatic story of Anne,

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probably the oldest elephant in Europe

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and the most famous in Britain.

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No-one knows exactly how old she is, but they think Anne is 58.

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She's the last circus elephant in the country,

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having spent nearly 50 years performing in the ring.

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Watching wild animals do tricks at circuses like this one from 1979

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used to be very popular

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but, these days, most people feel it's no longer acceptable

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and this kind of show is now widely banned.

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In fact, Anne retired from performing a few years ago

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because she was getting old,

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though she continued to live at the circus.

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What happened to her next was shocking

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and you may find these images upsetting.

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An animal rights group secretly filmed a man

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who was hired to look after Anne hitting and kicking her.

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The images caused an outcry in the press and on the news.

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CCTV pictures of Anne the elephant being badly treated

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at a circus in Northamptonshire were hard to watch.

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Soon, there was a campaign to find Anna a new home.

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Somewhere she could live out the rest of her life

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in comfort and safety.

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And that's when Longleat Safari Park stepped in.

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They don't keep elephants now, but they used to,

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and they still have the facilities to offer Anne

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a loving retirement home.

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Jon Cracknell is the new head of the safari park.

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We wanted to offer the beautiful surrounding countryside,

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and the fact she can do what she wants, when she wants.

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But they didn't just have the facilities,

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they also had the expertise,

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with two of the most experienced elephant keepers in the country,

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Andy Hayton and Ryan Hockley.

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It's been a few years since they last looked after elephants,

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but elephant keepers never forget(!)

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They are just spectacular.

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There's nothing that compares to an elephant.

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You can work hands-on with them. You can make a difference to their day.

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In fact, the keepers are going to make a difference to Anne's life

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when she comes to live in the park.

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Moving Day, and this could be tricky.

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Anne is quite elderly and she does away almost four tonnes.

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They've had to get one of the biggest animal transporters

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in Britain, and they set off with a police escort

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to make sure the journey goes smoothly.

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It takes five hours to reach the park,

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where the first problem is to get her safely out of the transporter.

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A whole team of keepers are standing by to help

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because, after the stress of the journey,

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no-one knows how she'll react to this new place.

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But Anne takes it all in her stride.

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She's a seasoned traveller. She's been to Paris, to Germany.

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She's seen the world already so she's quite used to it.

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We're just lucky that Anne is who she is.

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Another elephant, and it might have been a different scenario.

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Having lived so long in the circus and survived such cruel treatment,

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will Anne be able to enjoy her new life in the park?

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Later on, we're going to find out.

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-ALL:

-Did you know?

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A giant anteater can eat up to 30,000 ants a day.

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How many is that? If every ant was a baked bean,

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that would be like you eating 65 tins.

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BURP

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-ALL:

-Now you know!

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Now, exciting stuff today. I'm with head of section, Darren.

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Darren's going to introduce us to some of the park's newest members.

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The thing is, it's not just about me,

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it's Johny as well, but he has not turned up.

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-Johnny!

-Yeah?

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What are you doing? We've started. Get out here!

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LAUGHTER

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-Darren!

-Sorry.

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I don't know about Johny Pitts, it's more Jammy Pots now!

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What's all this about?

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Johny, we're going to take you in and see some really wonderful birds

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but they're specialist feeders

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so Rani and I need some help feeding them with this stuff.

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I like this, Darren. Thank you very much.

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There has to be an easier way to do this.

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They're big eaters and, you know, we need more hands.

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OK, specialist birds, what kind of birds are we talking about?

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These are rainbow lorikeets and they eat a special home-made nectar

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which is why, hopefully, Johny is going to plough in there

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and feed as many as we can.

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Johny, this is for a good cause, so let's see these babies.

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Home-made Nectar Man!

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Here we go, guys.

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-Oh, they're beautiful!

-Are you sure about this?

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Ooh! I've already got two! There's nothing on my head!

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-Darren, am I OK?

-You're fine. They are very excited to see you.

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Can I just say...I think this has backfired for Rani.

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OK, they've got quite spiky claws, that's for sure!

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And they're squeaking a little bit, Darren.

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They're just very excited.

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They are really chattering in my ears. Do they bite?

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-Am I safe?

-You're very safe.

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They're very excited because they are nectar feeders.

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They're designed for eating the nectar from flowers and soft fruits

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and what we do is supplement it or change it to a home-made nectar.

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They use their special tongues.

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I was just looking at their tongues. It's almost...

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Excuse me, you are very loud in my ear!

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But it looks kind of like it's bristly or something.

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It is, it's like a little brush, and they use that to lap up the nectar.

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The idea is that it's such a high energy food, it's very messy,

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but it's gone very quickly.

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It seems to me like they're all going for the same pot.

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Do they feed together?

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He's dropped my pot! He's dropped my pot!

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They are social feeders, they're flock creatures,

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and this particular species comes from Australia.

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You'll see them in groups thousands strong.

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They group for safety but, also, when certain flowers are flowering

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and the nectar is out, one little chirp goes up

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and everybody is going to hit there and say,

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"We want a bit of the action, we want a bit of that food."

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There's one question I have to ask.

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When you feed birds a lot, they tend to poop a lot.

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Do they also need a poop table?

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They could probably do with it but, in here,

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they just go where it lands, which is where Johny wins,

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because he's got the hat.

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He's going to need a shower before he goes anywhere else.

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All right, Johny, we should probably leave you

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because the birds are going to need to do their business.

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Darren, it's been a pleasure. We'll see you later. Enjoy!

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Guys...! Help! Come back!

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Rani! Darren!

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What do you call a great dog detective?

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-Sherlock Bones!

-LAUGHTER

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THEY HOWL

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How do you start a flea race?

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One, two, flea, go.

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SHE ROARS

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-BOTH:

-What do you get when you cross a T Rex and a chicken?

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I don't know.

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-BOTH:

-Tyrannosaurus pecks.

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LAUGHTER

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Our first Roar Rangers for the new series

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are budding ballerinas and best friends Molly and Cassie.

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But, today, they'll be swapping their ballet shoes

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for something a little more practical.

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As well as being bonkers about ballet,

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they're also potty about pets.

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Between them, they look after three cats,

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two dogs and a hamster called Lola.

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So they like animals...

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-BOTH:

-But not poo!

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So, what animals will the girls get?

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This series, the Roar Rangers won't be opening any easy envelopes

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to find out their mission.

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Instead, we're handing them a couple of tricky clues.

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-Gloves.

-And a first aid kit.

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Maybe it's something to do with helping an animal that's ill.

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-A cow! An udder!

-Oh, yeah!

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Molly and Cassie, who do you think you'll be working with today?

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-BOTH:

-A sick cow. Moo!

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Well, close, but no lollipop.

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In fact, the Roar Rangers are in for a real treat.

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They're getting a rare opportunity to go around with Chris,

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the safari park vet.

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Every week, he spends a day at the park

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to check on the animals that have any kind of health problem.

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-Hi, guys. BOTH:

-Hi.

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My name's Chris. I'm the park vet.

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You're going to be joining me on my rounds today.

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First up today are the pygmy goats.

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Originally domesticated in West Africa,

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the pygmy goats' small size has made them popular all around the world.

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As you can see, we've got a load of goats here.

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These guys have had some bad skin that we've been treating

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so, today, we're going to have a look at it and check it's getting better.

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Goats can get mites like we might get nits.

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That can cause a skin reaction.

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The one named Cracker has had it quite bad.

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You've got to catch them. Are you ready for it?

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-BOTH:

-Yeah!

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These goats may be tame but they do have horns.

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What if they run at us and head-butt us with their horns?

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They're pretty friendly.

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They're more likely to run away from you than run at you.

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I will say one thing, watch out for Bubble.

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She's not too keen on new people so she might butt you.

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But she's only tiny so just look out for her.

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That's all they need, a pygmy goat with attitude!

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Still, Molly and Cassie will be safe

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because they'll be with Chris the whole time.

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The one we're going for is the dark-coloured one.

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Right, this is going to be hard.

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Look out, here comes Bubble!

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Bubble...she was a maniac.

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-She kept trying to head-butt us.

-It was funny.

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And while Bubble's making trouble, Cracker keeps running off.

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I don't think it's going to work. It's too big a field, isn't it?

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But when dealing with goats, just remember this.

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If all else fails, use food.

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This is our secret weapon which works really well.

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All goats are greedy so, if you come in with some nuts,

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usually, they'll come over.

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You take the bucket, give it a shake. Let's see how many goats come over.

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-All of them!

-Whoa!

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They really like it.

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Right, girls, this is the one we want.

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He's just staying on the edge

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so, I wonder, if you put some of the stuff on the ground,

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let's see if he'll come and have a look at it. There we go.

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Got him!

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This skin has gone all thick and crusty

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because he's been scratching it so much.

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He's scratched it so much, all his hair has come out.

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But the drugs will hopefully have got rid

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of the reason he was scratching.

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We think it's parasites - little bugs in his skin that make him itch.

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Although it looks nasty with no fur, that's a lot better than it was.

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I don't think we'll have to do any kind of treatment today.

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I think we'll just keep an eye on it.

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So what he had, was it dangerous?

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Or was it an average thing that the goat would have?

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It wouldn't kill them but it's not fair for them to have it.

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They're really itchy, they don't eat, they're not happy with life,

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so we treat it and make him feel more comfortable.

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Right, are you ready? Just stand back because he might go that way.

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OK. There a go.

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That's the goats done and as soon as they have washed their hands,

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they'll be off to their next patient.

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Don't go away because there's dirty work ahead

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for a much, much bigger animal.

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This year, things have been changing in the park.

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As well as the new animals like the lorikeets and the marmosets,

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some of the older residents have just moved in to brand new homes.

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Oooh !I've been invited to a house-warming party!

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And like any guest, I've got a gift. Juicy mealworms.

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-Hey, Gem. Great new digs. I got you a present.

-Thanks.

-Mealworms.

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-That's not really for me though, is it?

-Isn't this your new house?

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-This is for the meerkats.

-Of course it is.

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I've got them some mealworms to say, lovely new place and all that.

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-What are we going to do? Put them on a nice plate for them?

-No.

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We're going to leave them in the box. Very good enrichment for them.

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-OK. Shall we just place them on here?

-Yes.

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Give them a shake first to get them over.

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-Take the lid off.

-Look at them all coming!

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-I'll just leave it and spread them out.

-That's it.

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-Look at that!

-There go. Happy new house.

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They've just flicked meal worms at me. They've got no table manners.

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They're loving their treat.

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Talk us through their enclosure.

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We've got the high point, their look-out still.

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What else is going on here?

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We've got lots and lots of tunnels around the enclosure,

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which naturally, they will constantly be burrowing.

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We've got lots of heat lamps as well because, unfortunately,

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it's not quite like Africa here.

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They need lots of heat, especially on rainy days. They won't come out.

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I'm going to have a nosey at a tunnel and see what it's like.

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It's only small. There's the heat lamp so you can see it's warm.

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There's a load of them. Do they huddle together?

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-How does it work?

-They huddle together to keep warm.

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Especially when it's damp and horrible.

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Generally, they kind of will split up a bit as well.

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They will separate into two different groups.

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That's what we've found in this enclosure, anyway.

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I can hear them all, what's that sound called?

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-It's a scuffly sound.

-It's barking.

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RANI IMITATES MEERCAT BARK They're all saying, "They're mine."

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He's sat in there, now. He's telling everybody off.

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They seem to have really enjoyed my housewarming present

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but I've got to say,

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I haven't been offered a drink yet. This is a terrible party.

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The black around the meercat's eyes helps cut down glare,

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just like sunglasses,

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so they can see better in bright sunshine.

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It's been a few days now since Anne the elephant came to the park.

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After spending her whole life in the circus,

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no-one knew if she would be able to settle down here.

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So far, the keepers have been astonished.

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You'd never think this is probably the oldest elephant in Europe.

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She toddles round the yard and has a play around.

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Sometimes she acts like an elephant more than half her age.

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She's out there playing,

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throwing things around and kicking her tyre around.

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She's tired the next day after she's done it. She wears herself out.

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It's great to see her doing what she does.

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ANNE TRUMPETS

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She might be very active, but Anne does have some health problems.

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She is a very old lady. In everyday terms, she's a granny.

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She's got achy legs and she gets tired easily.

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She's just not a young animal any more.

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Vet, Nick Masters, is an elephant expert.

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He's been keeping an eye on her aches and pains.

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Anne's biggest problem that we can establish at the moment

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is that she's got sore and stiff back legs,

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and it's difficult for her to perform functions

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that she would walking around.

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Anne is suffering from severe arthritis.

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Her joints are simply getting worn out.

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We're trying to make her feel comfortable, not to fix it,

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we can't get rid of the arthritis. It's old people care, really.

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She's an old lady and there's some wear and tear

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taken place over years which we'll try and manage.

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Anne's age and aching legs aren't stopping her from playing.

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Right now she's trying to figure our how to demolish the log structure.

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Elephants are very clever anyway, but Anne's one of the smart ones.

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She's quite canny. She looks into things,

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she knows what's going on and she plays up a little bit.

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She is a challenge to manage. She knows every trick in the book.

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That's going to be a big challenge for Andy and Ryan over the next

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coming weeks and months and for the rest of her life, really.

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She's always going to be testing the waters,

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seeing what she can get away with, like a naughty child.

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At the moment, everyone is just pleased that she settled in so well

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and so quickly, too.

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Fantastic. She's got a new lease of life.

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Suddenly she's got this amazing outdoor area

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and you can see she's loving it,

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interacting with the environment, I think that's given her a big boost.

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It's wonderful to have an elephant back here.

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We're racing around.

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We're constantly doing something and working hard, but it's fun.

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It's great.

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So things are looking up for Anne, the last circus elephant in Britain.

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Stay tuned because later in the show,

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we're going to see how she's doing

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when Rani and I get to meet her in person.

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The Roar game is back on the CBBC website.

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The aim of the game is to create your very own wild animal park

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and build it up to make it the best it can be.

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To help, we give out a different cheat code on every show.

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Today it's wood4.

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You need the cheat codes to unlock extra animals

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or treats or special features.

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So why not give our game a go? It's easy to get started and great fun.

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Our Roar Rangers, Molly and Cassie, are helping Chris,

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the safari park vet, do his weekly rounds.

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They're about to discover the smelly side of being a vet.

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There you go. There you go.

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I'm scared! I don't want to pick up poo.

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-I don't know what animal it is.

-This is from a rhino.

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-RHINO BREAKS WIND

-Nice(!)

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That's why there's so much, a wheelbarrow load.

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The reason we're looking at their poo

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is that they get all kinds of parasites. Worms.

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So we're going to have a quick look through it, see if we can see any.

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Just like our pet dogs and cats,

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rhinos usually have some of these tiny parasitic worms

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living in their digestive system, feeding off the food they eat.

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They don't cause a problem as long as there aren't too many.

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But if the worms build up, some start coming out the back end.

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That's why it's important to keep checking.

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If you're lucky, it might still be warm.

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-Ew! That's not better.

-It's a bit straw-y.

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Ew, I... I just touched it.

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You just touched it. Go on, get your hand right in there.

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Get closer, you've got to see if you can see anything in it.

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Because the worms are so tiny,

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one thing you can do is put some in some water

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so that any worms or bits and pieces we want to see will float to the top.

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If we shove it in there, and have a look for anything floating on top.

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Lovely. Get your hand in and break it up.

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-Oh, man!

-Eugh! I can't breathe!

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RETCHING

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Right, have a close look. Let's crouch and have a look.

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-Eugh, gross.

-Do you see any movement on top?

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Right, one little task left.

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We couldn't see anything in there, we need to make sure.

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We're going to take a bit and send it off to the lab.

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They can look under the microscope. There you go.

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See if you can get a bit of that poo in there. Squish it in.

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GROANING AND RETCHING

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This is manky.

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Thank you very much.

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Right, well done. We'll make vets of you yet.

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-Blegh!

-Eugh!

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Right, girls. Good and bad bits to every job.

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You've done the bad bit. Let's meet Cara who made all this poo for you.

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Come on, through we go.

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Aw! That is so cute!

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Does she ever get her head stuck?

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No, she can fit it back out.

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-They don't look this big on TV.

-No.

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They're much bigger when you get up close.

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With the day drawing to a close,

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what to the Roar Rangers think of the vet's work now?

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I do still want to be a vet but some jobs are better than others.

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That poo, I would really not look forward to be doing that!

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It's quite tough being a vet.

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You have some real nasty, horrible jobs and some fun bits.

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I'm impressed with them. They got stuck in.

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You had to go away from it to get a breath of air.

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You had to stuff it into a tub. It was all warm and gooey.

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They got stuck in with the poo,

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which is impressive, that's a horrible job.

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Most vets don't like doing it. BOTH: Go, vets!

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Another amazing, action-packed show in the bag.

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We've got time to squeeze in a little more.

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Really?

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Yeah, we've got time to meet Andy, Ryan and Anne the elephant.

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-Hello, guys.

-She's looking good!

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-Fantastic.

-How's she getting on?

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Really well.

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We're working hard and giving her a bath every day

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and looking after her skin and her feet and nails and everything.

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It's good fun.

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Sounds like she's just being pampered! I want her job!

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-It's like Andy and Ryan's spa.

-Is it hard work?

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We're looking round and there's a lot of poo about.

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Obviously, they are big animals. There's a lot of poo

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but there's a lot more involved than picking up poo.

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It is hard work every day.

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We enjoy it and we're seeing the fruits of our labour.

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It's been fab meeting Anne the elephant today.

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We look forward to following her story.

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Why don't you guys check out what's coming in the next episode of Roar.

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-Milyka the lion needs an operation.

-MILYKA ROARS

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But will she come round afterwards?

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Jess the tapir goes melon mad.

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I've never seen a tapir look so happy!

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And even though Nico is a very old gorilla,

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it's not a good idea to get between him and his food.

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He's still very strong.

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A lot stronger than you and a lot stronger than me!

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Included in this episode is the headline-hitting story of how Anne, the last circus elephant in Britain, came to live at Longleat after suffering abuse. There is meerkat mayhem when the mob moves to a new home, and feeding frenzy fun when Johny dresses up as a human bird feeder. Then the Roar Ranger kids get to live their dream when they spend a day with the safari park vet.


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