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On a roaring Roar today...

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the lion cubs must have their last injections.

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But at nine weeks old, they are big, strong,

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and have teeth and claws like knives.

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Will the keepers escape unharmed?

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

-And I'm Johny. And today,

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we're facing our most challenging task yet here at the park.

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We're not talking about wrestling tigers

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or riding a camel. We are not even talking about hand-feeding a hippo.

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No, this is far, far worse.

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We've been asked...to be boat tour guides

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-in front of REAL people, Rani!

-RANI LAUGHS

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Find out later if we'll be thrown overboard!

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But for now, let's get on with today's show.

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-Oh, Johny!

-Do we have to?

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Coming up...

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Hello! Is that King Kong?

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Oh, it's only the marmosets!

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Our Roar Rangers are monkey keepers for the day,

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but there's always one show-off who'll do anything to get on telly.

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And we meet the two baby oryx who are vital for the survival

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of their species, because they are now extinct in the wild.

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But we're starting with the lions.

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It's been a really busy time for the keepers

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since Nibalo, the new male lion, arrived.

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He came from Germany and has mixed in well with the females here.

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In fact, two months ago,

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Nibalo and female Yendi became proud parents to this little lot.

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Yendi is a very experienced mum.

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She's had seven cubs before, and she's been

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very relaxed with these little ones. Even when they start playing rough.

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This is the time now that they are learning all the skills

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that they'll need to survive in the wild.

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You can see that they're playing, trying to trip each other up.

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It's all skills that they would need.

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Nine weeks on and the cubs are now much more active.

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Today they need to have their second injections

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against cat flu, and some worming medicine.

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Cat flu, if untreated,

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could kill these lion cubs as easily as it can domestic cats.

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The first injections were done a few weeks ago,

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when the cubs were smaller.

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Now, they're much bigger and much stronger.

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Vet Duncan is in charge.

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I enjoy this. It gets the adrenaline going.

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It's certainly a good chance to get close to the cubs

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but it's a bit hairy.

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Hairy it will definitely be!

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And big cat keeper Bob wants some of the younger keepers to help today.

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We've got three new volunteers for this one,

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which is going to be a bit exciting, I think.

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We're fortunate that we've got some cubs.

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And it's excellent training for new keepers, cos

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they don't obviously get a chance to do this sort of thing

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on a daily basis, but when they do come along we try and get

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as many of them to do this as possible.

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I can't wait to get hands-on with the cubs.

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It's not very often you get to work with lion cubs.

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Getting hold of them will be difficult.

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And trying to stay away from their teeth and claws.

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That will be a challenge.

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Having had their first injections,

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they know exactly what will go on.

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So they're going to be a bit feistier.

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Their teeth are bigger.

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Their claws are bigger.

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Mum, she's been separated away from the cubs.

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She's a little bit annoyed about that, obviously.

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The cubs and Mum will feed off each other's stress.

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It sounds a lot worse than what is actually going on.

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I can see why the girls would be very apprehensive

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if they've not done it before.

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These cats have grown really quickly.

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They're not kittens anymore. That's for sure.

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The main thing to do is to just basically scruff it.

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Hold it really tight. Hold the tail,

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and just keep the cub away from you but down.

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Head keeper Brian is giving the girls

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a last-minute lesson on tactics.

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And then shows them exactly how it should be done.

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It may look a bit rough holding cubs by the scruff of their neck,

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but this is how Mum carries them,

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so it actually helps calm the cubs down when they're held like this.

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Brian makes it look easy, but as head keeper he's had

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over thirty years' experience of working with lions.

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Vet Duncan has also done this before,

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and he knows how important the keepers are if this is to go well.

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I'm totally reliant on the keepers to make sure

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they restrain the cubs. Otherwise I can't inject it.

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To reduce the stress for the cubs, we won't be going

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into the lions' den, but we have given the girls some Roar cameras,

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so you can see what it's like when you're up close to a lion cub.

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If it doesn't go well, someone may well get injured.

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We'll be back later to see how the girls get on.

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Half Mile Lake must be one of the wildest

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stretches of water in the whole country.

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It's not just home to ducks and swans,

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but also to two of Africa's biggest killers.

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Hippos. Spot and Sonia.

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Add to that nine Californian sea lions, and a silverback gorilla

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on an island in the middle, and you can see that this is no ordinary lake!

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The boat trips around the lake are very popular,

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so the Roar team thought they'd set us a little challenge.

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Who could be the best boat tour guide,

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and would either of us be good enough to join the boat crew?

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It's time for the ultimate challenge!

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And this really is for us. Now, take a look at this boat.

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It is filled with lovely people. I'm saying "lovely"! Be nice!

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-Everyone cheer!

-THEY CHEER

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OK, so that is our audience,

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and we are going to have to be boat tour guides.

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So, John, before we start, can we have some tips?

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How to be great commentators. Great commentators like yourself, John!

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He's great! John's great!

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THEY CLAP

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Basically, three things you will need to know.

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One, speak clearly. Right?

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Two, make sure that when you're trying to talk, try to keep

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some humour in it, so you can really interact with the audience.

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-And what's the third tip?

-Make sure you know what you're on about.

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-Right, one out of three. What was the first one again?

-Speak clearly.

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Speak clearly! I'm going to go with that one. That's my one.

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I'm going to be brave and be a man about this.

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I'll go first and get it out of the way. What do you think?

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-John, is that OK?

-Yeah, it's all yours. Here you go.

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-Ha-ha-haaa!

-Can I give you an introduction?

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Ladies and gentlemen, from CBBC's Roar...Miss Rani Price!

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-Give her a round of applause!

-THEY CLAP AND CHEER

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OK, hello and welcome! Now, we are sailing on Half Mile Lake.

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Now this is one of the largest exhibits in the world.

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To the seal lions, now as you can see, some of the sea lions

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will chase alongside the boat, they'll pop up to say hello.

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We've got one big one just down there...

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She's been a right teacher's pet and has learned her script, so let's

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speed things up a bit...and come back later to see how she does.

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The word "hippopotamus" comes from the Greek language,

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and means "river horse."

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And when a hippo yawns, it doesn't mean it's bored.

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Rather, it's a threat and may just be about to attack. Oo-er!

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ALL: Now you know!

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Our Roar Rangers today are best buds.

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They're 11-year-old Molly and Cassie.

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Hi, I'm Molly, but I'm nothing without my best friend Cassie.

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PING

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Aw, that's sweet!

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These two are clearly BFFs who spend a lot of time together.

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-We...

-Do acting.

-..acting.

-Go on holiday.

-Holidays, swimming!

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Swimming together.

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And as best friends, they even have a secret handshake...

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BOTH: Bli-i-ib!

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..which goes on so long, we've had to speed it up!

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BOTH: Bi-ing!

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But it's not about getting your hand-SHAKES down at the park.

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It's about getting your hands dirty!

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So, we're giving Molly and Cassie two clues to work out

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which animal they'll be working with today.

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This smells like mashed-up banana.

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It's a good start. It is a banana.

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These are monkey masks!

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Oh, you don't need the mask.

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-You already look like a monkey!

-Thanks. So kind(!)

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-I thought you two were best mates!

-Ooh-ooh-ooh!

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So girls, any ideas?

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Maybe it's an animal that's a bit like a monkey,

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but is not actually classed as a monkey,

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like a gorilla.

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Hmm...not quite.

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I think it's a monkey because of the banana and the monkey mask.

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Fingers crossed it's monkeys!

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The only way to find out is to meet the keeper they'll be working with.

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-Hi girls! Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you.

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My name's Jo, and I am a monkey keeper.

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Yay! The girls were right!

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Today they are going to be helping out with the monkeys.

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But which ones?

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-They are common marmosets.

-Oh, wow!

-And they're very cute.

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The common marmoset is a very small monkey

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that lives in the Brazilian rainforests in South America.

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They are also known as the cotton-eared marmoset

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because of that bonkers hairdo!

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The park is home to a family of eight, including these two

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super-cute babies, who are only a few weeks old.

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They have recently moved into their new, cool, open-top enclosure.

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And Jo is helping them to adjust to their new surroundings.

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She wants some help with feeding,

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to encourage the little monkeys to explore their new enclosure.

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I need some different ways of feeding them

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and some nice things to give them to make them come out.

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Are you willing to help me today? BOTH: Yeah!

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-Right, well we'd better get to work!

-OK.

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Jo's got a whole load of food to encourage the marmosets out.

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Some nice, like fruits and nuts.

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And some wiggly, like mealworms and waxworms.

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-Ohh...!

-They look cool!

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Get your hand in there! Give it a mush around! Go on!

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Get your hand in there! Go on! They're wiggly-wiggly!

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The next thing they have...doesn't look like much at the minute.

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It looks like you're going to make pancakes,

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but it's actually a dry powder that makes a very sticky, gloopy gum.

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Marmosets, in the wild, will feast on the gum or sap of a tree.

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They bite into the bark,

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and then eat the sticky gum that flows out of the tree.

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Yum!

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So guys, are we ready to do the marmoset dinner?

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BOTH: Yeah!

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First job is to mix the artificial gum.

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Then put it into a log with holes drilled into it.

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That's it. Good girl. Right...

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Add some orange juice to the tasty fruit...

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Cool!

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..then finally, it's time to get their hands dirty!

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If you scrape all that banana in those lovely mealworms!

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Oh, man!

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Banana AND mealworms? Gross!

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-Go on!

-Oh, it's all crunchy! Come on, Cassie! Do it.

-Ur-rgh!

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-I did more than you!

-Come on!

-I had to cut the poo as well.

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-You've just slopped it everywhere!

-She's flicking it on me, now!

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Good work, girls! Those fingers look pretty mucky to me.

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Make sure you wash those hands!

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Right, girls. I think we've made that really good, now.

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They'll love that. If I was a marmoset, I'd go for that first.

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With all the mucky jobs done, all that's left now is to wait

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and see if the marmosets will come out to play.

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We'll be back later on!

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So, this is our lovely lake...

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Right! Back up at Half Mile Lake, and Rani's still going strong.

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I must admit, I didn't think she'd do this well.

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Now they actually, in the wild, live in salt water.

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So here, to keep them healthy, we actually give them

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slow-release salt tablets so they can keep healthy.

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Here, our sea lions will live up to thirty years,

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which is double the amount of time they'd live in the wild,

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and that's because they have such a happy lifestyle and no predators.

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Please enjoy the rest of the ride. Thank you.

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-Woo!

-CLAPPING

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-Did I get it all in?

-You did, you did fantastic! Absolutely brilliant.

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I can finally breathe. My turn is over. Join us later on the show,

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when Johny will be taking to the microphone. Johny? Nervous?

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-Confident?

-Yeah, confident, yeah. Up for it.

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Wicked. See you later.

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Back up at the lion house, and it's time for the cubs

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to get their worming medicine,

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and second inoculation against cat flu.

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Head keeper Brian has shown the girls how it should be done.

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Now they have to do it themselves for the very first time.

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The team will go into the lion's den without a film crew,

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but they will wear our Roar head cameras,

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so you can see exactly what it's like getting close up to a lion cub.

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First up is Emily.

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Grab his tail. Hold it by the neck.

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It's a good catch. Now Duncan, the vet,

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can come in to give the cub its injection.

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Duncan uses a stick to keep the cub's mouth open

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for the worming medicine.

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Emily did well, now it's Anna's turn.

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Mum is getting increasingly anxious,

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which is adding pressure.

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A few last-minute instructions from Brian...

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Well done. That's it, hold it down. Well done.

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Anna's done well to catch the cub.

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Duncan works quickly, and the job's done.

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That's three cubs vaccinated and just one to go.

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So far, none of the keepers have been injured.

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But the last cub is often the most difficult.

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We'll be back when keeper Cara goes in.

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HYENA LAUGHS

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What do you call a dog that's been lying in the sun?

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A hot dog.

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MAKES CLUCKING SOUNDS

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What do you call a bear who doesn't wash?

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Winnie the Pooh.

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BRAYS LIKE A DONKEY

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-What type of tiles can't we stick on walls?

-I don't know.

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Reptiles.

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Was that meant to be a joke?

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Earlier on in the show

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you saw Rani deliver a superb sea lion speech

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and now it's my turn to talk about Nico the gorilla

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and be a boat tour guide, and I'm really, really nervous, actually.

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OK, Johny, let's do this.

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Take the microphone, you've done your homework,

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you know Nico. Give it your all!

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Everyone, please, Mr Johny Pitts.

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Too kind, too kind. You probably are being too kind, actually.

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Ladies and gentlemen, if you look in the centre of the lake

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over here, you'll see an island.

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Now, upon that island is a very special silverback gorilla.

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His name is Nico,

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and he's thought to be one of the oldest gorillas in the entire world.

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'Johny's sounding clear, knowledgeable and funny.

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'We'll have to put a stop to that. He sped me up, so here we go...

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'I'll give him a taste of his own medicine.'

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'Could either of us be good enough to join the boat crew?

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'Join us later for the results.'

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Back at Monkey Temple, and our two Roar Rangers, Molly and Cassie,

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have prepared all the marmoset food.

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And now, all they've got to do

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is hang it up around the enclosure with keeper Joe.

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If you can tip it in... Can you reach? I think they're coming.

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Here we go! There we are, if we step back over here...

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and let's see.

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Marmosets are very curious, and even the babies are brave.

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One of them is headed straight for the gum log.

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Look, guys! One of our babies is just in with the gum, there.

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Look at his little tongue!

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Oh, no. That's his brother over there, look. The twins.

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We've got one twin in our fruit salad.

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And we have one, the other twin, on our gum, look.

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-Are they good jumpers?

-They are very agile, yes.

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Some marmosets can jump up to five metres,

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which, for their size, is amazing.

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Let's see that again.

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Crikey! It looks like King Kong's coming for us!

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With the marmosets relaxed and eating away,

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Joe has a treat for the girls.

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What I thought you might like to do, OK, very special,

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is come over that barrier, over the fence, get really up close to them.

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The girls can only cross the barrier

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because they are with a trained keeper, who can keep them safe.

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If you want to take some more of this gum,

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-do you want to put some more in their log?

-Yeah.

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They're all right. Put some more in the hole.

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I'll hold it up for you, look.

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That's it. They'll get it out.

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They look a bit grumpy.

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And they're having a bad hair day, with their spiky hair.

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It's amazing that you're so close to them

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and they're just looking at you.

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It's been a real privilege for the girls

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to get so close to the marmosets.

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But it's the end of the day now,

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and it's time to find out how they did as Roar Rangers.

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Cassie and Molly did a fantastic job. They were two great little chefs.

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Cassie was a little bit scared of the mealworms and the waxworms,

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but they're clearly best mates

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and I think together they'll make a great little team.

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So the girls get the thumbs up from Joe,

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but what did they make of their day?

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Being a marmoset keeper is really nice,

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because you can get really up close to them and they're so cute.

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They had all that white fluffy hair

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and you could see all their features really clear.

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We're mad for marmosets!

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Right, all you gamers.

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Have you been playing the Roar game on the CBBC website?

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If not, why not? It's fun and easy to start.

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Each day we give you a secret cheat code,

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that will unlock treats, new animals

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and even new enclosures.

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Today, it's grass3. Type that in, and see what you get. Happy gaming!

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We're still steaming around Half Mile Lake

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in the great tour guide competition.

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Will Johny or I be good enough to join the professionals on board?

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He's still going on. I think the audience looks a bit bored.

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Nico's an old man

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who loves nothing more than to watch TV in his spare time.

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He watches TV, and his favourite shows are usually cartoons.

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Anyone guess why we call Nico a silverback gorilla?

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Cos he's got a silver back?

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Hands up, anyone?

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Point for the lady!

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Yes, it's because he has a silver back.

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But because of his age, he has a few more silver hairs on his back

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because he's getting on a little bit. Any questions?

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Good.

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Johny, I'm wowed. Please give Johny a round of applause.

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OK, how did he do? I was wowed.

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That was absolutely fantastic, you spoke really clearly,

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you engaged with the audience,

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you even added a bit of humility as well,

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so...absolutely brilliant.

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You act surprised.

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So what are we thinking, then, John? Myself? Johny?

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On the boat every day, microphone in hand?

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Put both your strengths together, you become a fantastic team,

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but separately you may have to work on it a little bit.

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Is he giving us the brush off? Are you giving us the brush off?

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I'm quite happy about it cos my nerves are wrecked.

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-Let's join the audience and leave it to the pros.

-Thanks very much, John.

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Back up at the lion house, and three of the cubs

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have now been vaccinated against cat flu,

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and had their worming treatment.

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LION ROARS

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Now there's just one left and it's Cara's turn to catch him.

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LION GROWLS

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CUB MEWLS

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Finally, the last cub is successfully treated.

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Yeah, good.

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-Well done, well done.

-The girls have done extremely well.

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The whole operation took only six minutes.

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Now, mum and cubs can be reunited.

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That was incredible.

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It went a lot better than I thought it would,

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and I was quite nervous, because I went for the last one,

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but I definitely feel really...

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Lots of adrenaline. I'll be on a high all day now.

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It was quite an adrenaline rush.

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It wasn't as bad we all thought it would be, I think.

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It was a lot easier, yeah.

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I'm really impressed with the girls.

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They went in, did exactly what was asked of them. Really impressed.

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If I remember my first time, it can be very nerve-wracking.

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And I expect they truly were a bit nervous about it.

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The lion cubs are back with mum, and none the worse for wear.

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Oh, Mum, she's a bit of a character,

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and I know the nasty little look that she gave me wasn't meant.

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Unless they have a medical emergency,

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this is the last time the cubs will be handled

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as any future inoculations will be done with a dart.

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But the cubs still face some difficult challenges.

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Next time we see them will be when they go outside

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for the very first time.

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And also it'll be the first time they meet dad, Nibalo, face to face.

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Will he recognise them, or attack them?

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That's nearly all we've got time for on today's show,

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but before we leave you, we've popped over

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to meet some of the park's newest arrivals.

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No, we're not talking about deputy head of section, Ryan.

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Ryan, who are we here to meet?

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We're here to meet Laurence and Lucinda,

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who are our latest additions to the oryx herd.

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This is Laurence in the foreground.

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I can see one little one, but where's the other little one?

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-Lucinda is... She's just a way back over there.

-Oh, OK.

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So, how old are they?

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Laurence is about three months old

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and Lucinda is just over a month old.

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Because she's only got diddy horns, hasn't she?

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Yeah, yeah. But they grow pretty quick, the oryx horns,

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and can grow up to about a metre, a metre and a half.

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That's some serious spiky stuff, isn't it?

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Now, you don't have that many oryx here, do you?

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No. I mean, in the wild they would live in herds...

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When they used to be in the wild, obviously,

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they're suspected to be extinct now, in the wild,

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but up until maybe the '60s, '70s

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there were herds of perhaps 70 animals.

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But before, they reckon there could've been herds of thousands

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when they migrated.

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So it's really exciting that you've got some little ones.

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It's always nice to have new additions to the herd.

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Are these the first little ones you've had?

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No, we've had success here before,

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but it took us a few years to get going,

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and now they're breeding, they seem to be really successful every year.

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Ryan, it's great to see the little ones,

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but unfortunately we've run out of time, so why don't you lot check out

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what's coming up on the next episode of Roar?

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It's got more legs than eleven football teams...

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-But will the kids catch the keeper offside...

-Oh, my goodness.

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..about the giant millipede?

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Why are we giving the giraffes massive ice lollies?

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And, no, it's not just because they've got massive tongues.

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And we'll meet Whippet the owl.

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He's only a baby, but he's already got some fancy moves.

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I am so in love, and I love all this.

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The lion cubs are due their final inoculations. But they are bigger, stronger and know what is coming - will the keepers and vet avoid being bitten? The Roar Rangers work as marmoset keepers for the day, and the team meet two very special baby scimitar-horned oryx.


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