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Today on Roar, the baby rhino is going out with the grown-ups,
but when the big ones start playing rough,
the keepers must drive in to save the day.
So, is that why the baby has fallen in love with the tractor?
Hello and welcome to Roar. I'm Rani.
And I'm Johny, and over there is the incredibly cute baby sea lion.
And I think they've called it Johny.
I can tell you for sure, it's not called Johny,
because she is a girl, so more suited to Rani, I think.
Suited to Rani?
Why, because she's small, has a huge appetite and makes lots of noise?
No! Because she's really cute and everybody loves her!
There's another Rani here?
Anyway, let's get on with today's show.
He'll be sorry, cos later on Johny's going to come face to face
with the creature that stalks his worst nightmares,
and you'll never believe what it is!
'We'll have to get tough...'
Evil laugh, girls! Ha-ha-ha-ha!
'..to see if the keeper knows what she "otter"...'
'..about the otters!'
'And we'll be trying not to get gobbled by Mr Snappy,
'the greediest gob in the place.'
But, first, we're going to find out what it's like
to look after a baby rhino.
In our last series,
we were there when a one-year-old rhino named Ebun
arrived at Longleat from a zoo in Germany.
Hey, Ebun. Good girl, move up.
She was rejected by her mother soon after she was born,
so Ebun had to be hand-reared.
That job was taken over here by keepers Ross and Emma.
They've become like mum and dad to Ebun,
-who's now a year and a half old.
-There's a good girl, Ebun.
Like any toddler, her day begins with breakfast.
This is equivalent to pony nuts. It's like a compound feed.
This is her breakfast, so we give her one scoop in this.
These pony nuts are made from compressed grass and grains,
with extra nutrients added.
One kilo is enough to get Ebun's morning off to a good start.
She'll eat every scrap before she leaves.
We'll open the door but she won't move till she's finished.
And while she's busy eating, Emma and Ross can work on her skin.
Rhinos have very thick skin
and the outer layers constantly die back and have to be removed.
Adult rhinos rub against logs and rocks to do this,
but Ebun needs a little help.
When we scrub her, all we're doing is just getting the dead skin off.
Also while she's in here we can check her feet, her ears.
When the skin scrubbing's done, they've got fly spray.
Here we've got some fly repellent
and all we do is spray it over different places of Ebun's skin,
some of the softer areas,
particularly around the backs of the ears and round the eyes
and underneath the legs and things, by the armpits.
Rhinos wallow to cover themselves in mud,
which acts as a sunscreen
and also stops flies and ticks from biting them.
But Ebun isn't very good at wallowing yet.
So the keepers give her some extra protection.
We put it round her face a little bit
and just along the back. She really doesn't like flies.
When the morning routine is done,
Ebun can go out in the paddock with the grown-ups.
The park has four adult white rhino, one male and three females.
And when they come out, they do what all rhinos do
in every social situation. Go round sniffing each other's poo.
While they're busy with that...
..Emma and Ross can clean up the poo they've left indoors.
Then it's time to lead all the rhinos out to the Big Game Reserve,
and that's where looking after Ebun gets tricky.
Because sometimes the big ones can play rough.
We'll see what happens later on.
Fear is a strange and terrible thing.
Bats give some people the creeps.
Snakes bring others out in a cold sweat.
Almost a third of the population suffers from arachnophobia,
the fear of spiders.
'I'm fine with all those
'but there is one creature that gives me the heebie-jeebies,
'and the name for my fear is mottephobia,
'the fear of moths and butterflies.
'I started trying to deal with it in the Butterfly House at the park.'
I just think that they attack you. I don't like them, don't trust them.
They're alien-like. I'm not a fan.
'And I did make some progress but I've got a long way to go.'
Last year on Roar I faced my fear of butterflies with keeper Gemma,
and I even managed to hold one.
This year she's invited me back to the Butterfly House
and she's here now. Gemma, dare I ask why?
Well, today, Johny...
You did such a good thing last year with the butterflies,
you're going to help me today find the Atlas moth.
-A moth, OK.
-I've dealt with butterflies before,
so a moth shouldn't be too different because they're basically
butterflies without the colour, right?
Yeah, of course! Come with me and we'll try and find...
You say Atlas moth. What type of moth is that? Is it just...
Well, this moth in particular has a 25- to 30-centimetre wingspan.
-Are you kidding? Honestly?
-No, honestly, honestly.
But he's very, very pretty. If you just look to your left...
-And there he is.
That's not right.
I'm stuck for words because that is absolutely massive.
Could we just do something? Can we put your hand next it to judge it,
just so people at home know how big that is, the scale?
Yes, of course.
That's a moth as big as your hand.
If you'd like me to, I can pick him up
and you can have a closer look at him as well.
I don't know what that word means exactly in this instance,
but, yeah, I suppose the guys at home will want to see it, so, yeah.
Definitely. Here you go, then.
-Is it going to fly?
-He might, but only because I'm touching him.
He might think, "Get away!" But he'll flutter off somewhere else.
So he won't try and fly in my mouth or anything?
No, he won't fly in your mouth.
'Moths and butterflies are very delicate,
'so you shouldn't touch them unless you're with someone
'who knows what they're doing, like Gemma.'
-Oh, man! What are those things on its head?
-That's the antennae there.
They're just so weird! It's like he's got tiger markings.
Whilst you've brought up the markings,
if you look at the end of the wings, they look like snake heads.
-Yes, they do a little bit.
-You see they've got the eyes?
Out in the wild, if they're left like this it looks like two snakes,
but when they close their wings it's like a snake ready to strike.
-That's incredible! Whoa, whoa, whoa!
-Sorry! Don't worry, he's fine.
Wow! Well, I tell you what, it is an amazing animal.
Did you want to have a go at maybe holding him?
You did so well last year with the pupa, the wiggly pupa.
You know what? Last year it was cool and I felt like I broke some ground.
I've never done this before on Roar,
but I'm going to say no, I don't want to hold it.
But I will touch it. I think one step at a time
-and maybe next time I'll hold it.
-OK, yeah. That's fair enough.
With tarantulas and stuff you touch them and they don't usually move.
That's what I'm worried about here, that it'll fly off.
He won't if you do it gently enough.
That's it, yeah. Just on the end, fine.
There you are.
See, he's touching you there.
That's actually all right, you know?
That's all right. It's so soft.
-It's like his wings are made of velvet, isn't it?
I am glad that I managed to touch it,
and even though I'm quite freaked out by these guys,
they are incredible animals, aren't they?
Definitely, yeah. And maybe next time?
-I'll touch it? Next time, OK.
-Maybe you'll hold him.
-Maybe next time.
What do you call a dog crossed with a phone?
A golden receiver.
THEY OINK LIKE A PIG
Why did a pig cross the road?
Cos the chicken was on its lunch break.
HE HISSES LIKE A SNAKE
What kind of key opens a banana?
When it comes to mischief,
the park's troop of Rhesus macaque monkeys really take the biscuit.
When they get bored,
they amuse themselves by pulling bits off the visitors' cars.
To distract them the keepers recently built a new climbing frame,
but the monkeys still need to be encouraged to use it.
I'm out here in Monkey Jungle with deputy head of section Ryan.
-We're putting out treats for the monkeys.
-We have monkey nuts here, yes?
We've got fruit. You can see bananas sticking out.
We have a camera in place to catch all the action.
Look, up there on a climbing frame is a Rhesus macaque monkey
and they are eager to get their treats.
Is it right we need to get into that truck for safety?
-Cos here he comes!
-I think so.
And we can have a good old chat. OK, let's go, let's go, let's go!
Ryan, within seconds of us getting into the truck
-this Rhesus macaque is there. He's got bananas already.
They were desperate for that fruit!
They're very brave when it comes to food being around.
And how they were dangling off the climbing frame.
He's just gone straight up there! That was really good.
Jumped straight off the ground onto the bag.
Every monkey's like a little gymnast.
Even the old ones still manage to get around
and do the stuff that the young ones do.
Now loads have appeared. There was one before and look at that!
Generally it's the young males. They're the really brave ones.
Once all the fruit has gone that's sticking out of the bag,
will they lose interest or delve through the hay to try to find more?
To be honest, they're the most inquisitive animals I've worked with
so I can't imagine that just cos they can't see something
they won't delve around in there. It's like a big lucky dip for them.
They'll get some enjoyment from delving in there
and maybe getting hold of something, maybe not.
I don't think they'll give up until every last piece has gone.
-It's been fab to see them in action. Success?
Could we see some more monkeying around this series?
I think there's every chance of that.
Out in the big game park, Ebun, the rhino toddler
has some important lessons to learn.
She and the adults spend most of their time here, grazing quietly.
But they can get boisterous,
and when a couple of two-tonne rhinos play rough...
the earth shakes.
You can see why the proper word for a group of rhinos is a crash.
And when you consider that the rhinos share this area
with eleven Ankole cattle,
six scimitar-horned oryx,
six Pere David deer,
four ostrich and a constant stream of cars full of visitors,
you can see that somebody needs to be in there, keeping everybody safe.
Today, Emma is the keeper on patrol.
There are a number of things we don't want the rhino to do.
Rubbing on the fences, getting too close to the gates and things.
We have a radius, an area round the gates where we don't want any animal,
particularly the rhinos, getting too close to the gates.
Sometimes there's a bit of friction amongst the species.
-If we need to move the rhino, they need to move.
-And the only way
is with one of these -
Most of the time, the patrollers just sit and watch the animals,
but at the first sign of what could become trouble,
they spring into action.
For example, it's safer for everybody
if the rhinos don't get too close to the cars.
The tractor doesn't shove the rhino away,
it's more like shooing them along,
and the adult rhinos understand perfectly what's expected.
Some of the rhino know they're being naughty,
So you can pull up, give a little rev of the engine,
and just move forward into their space and push them away.
Whereas with Ebun, she's a bit more friendly with the tractor.
You have to get pretty close and she still won't move.
The problem is, Ebun doesn't want to avoid the tractor.
She sometimes follows it around!
It's as if she's fallen in love with it.
Because Ebun would still be with her mum,
and obviously she isn't, she has been hand-reared,
in a way she will see the tractor as sort of a comfort, say a mum or dad,
in that we will tell her what she can and can't do,
as well as backing off and letting her enjoy being with the other rhino.
That's why perhaps when the tractor does move away
and tries to deal with other situations
that she may follow it.
Hopefully, this is a phase she's going through
and soon Ebun will become less fond of the tractor.
Then it should be easier to keep her safe.
Having Ebun out here does make a lot of work for the keepers,
but they really don't mind.
I feel very privileged to look after Ebun.
I suppose there is a certain amount of pressure on me
because I am playing mum, but it is very, very enjoyable.
It's a treat, as a keeper, to be able to look after
such a young and cute animal such as Ebun. I do think she's cute.
How can anyone not think she's cute?
And later on, we'll see just how cute a baby rhino can be,
when it's time to put Ebun to bed.
It's Ask The Keeper time, and I'm here with the giggling gang.
See what I mean? But will keeper Bev will laughing
after we ask her questions about the otters? So who's first, girls?
What part of Asia do they come from?
They come from throughout, really.
You can get them in Malaysia, Bangladesh.
You can get them in south China as well.
So all over.
And they live by shallow streams, by rivers and things like that.
-Are they endangered?
-They are classed as vulnerable.
Not endangered as such.
-Can they be aggressive?
-Yes. You've got to be careful when you go in,
because they are a wild animal.
-Can we feed them?
Like to feed them some mealworms?
Or you've got some peanuts, if you'd prefer.
All you have to do is throw it over the glass towards them.
Hopefully they'll see them. There we are.
That's it. That's it. Well done.
So, any other questions, while we're feeding these otters, for Bev?
Don't forget we need to find out what Bev knows.
How long is their average lifetime?
In captivity, they can live up to 15 years. We had one called Johnny,
and he was about 15 when he died.
OK, gigglers, I want your mean faces,
because it's Killer Question time.
Come on, guys.
-Right, Killer Question time. Bev, are you ready?
-OK, go for it.
OK, here we go. Now, the longest a human has held their breath for
is an incredible 19 minutes and two seconds.
What we want to know is,
how long on average can an otter hold their breath for?
Hold your breaths.
I'll have to hurry you up, Bev,
because we're all holding our breaths here.
You say three minutes.
Well, the correct answer is actually double that.
An otter can hold its breath for six to eight minutes.
Evil laugh, girls.
Overall, evil laughs aside, how do you think Bev did?
Thumbs up or thumbs down?
-Thumbs up all round from the giggly gang.
Otters are good at holding their breath,
but Californian sea lions are even better.
To hunt for fish, they can dive well over 250 metres deep
and hold their breath for more than ten minutes.
To help them conserve oxygen while they're under water,
their heart rate slows down from about 95 beats per minute,
which sounds like this...
..to just 20, which sounds like this.
One of the newest animals at the park are the prairie dogs.
They're a kind of rodent and not related to dogs at all.
There are 17 of them here, and in our last show
we followed the action when they moved into a spacious new enclosure
filled with lots of lovely plants for them to enjoy.
Well, I've heard of ungrateful,
but apparently the prairie dogs are taking this to a new level.
Since moving into their new home, John says they've destroyed it.
John, I've got to admit, it looks all right to me.
Nice trees, a bit of grass - and there's a prairie dog just there!
Popping out to say, "It's lovely, John."
I can't deny that they haven't landscaped it how they like,
but before, it was nice and lush, there was lots of grass,
there were lots of plants growing,
and now they've cut it back and there's a lot of mud.
OK, so how did the prairie dogs cut it back?
-Did you give them some tools?
-No, they've got very sharp teeth.
Basically, they spent a couple of weeks harvesting it,
and then it was gone.
-It was gone.
-All right. They've had their fun,
so now I'm here to help you make it look more beautiful.
And I see you've got lovely plants for us to plant.
Yes, lots of grasses for them to destroy.
All right, let's go for it, then.
That's good. That's a nice, good hole there.
-I'll just loosen up the roots.
-Break up the roots a little.
Break up the roots a bit. OK. And in it goes.
So, planting this in.
Now, realistically, are they going to come and chew this straightaway?
Give it a day or so
and it will be gone.
-So what's the pleasure for them?
-That is what they eat in the wild.
They come from the prairies out in America.
They eat the grasses and plants that grow out there,
just scrubland basically. That's what they love to eat.
Why don't you just give them more food?
It's not just the grass they use for eating. They also grab it,
take it into their tunnels which they've made
and use it for nesting material.
So it's not just the fact they eat it, they use it for nesting as well.
Well, John, I think these two plants have made quite a nice start.
It was really fun helping you out.
-There is more.
-There's always more, isn't there?
-There's a lot more.
Well, it looks like me and John have got our work cut out for us.
So why don't you enjoy the rest of the show
and I'll make the place look beautiful?
-Come on, dig, then. dig!
-All right, all right!
OK, you gamers, here's today cheat code.
If you don't know what we're talking about,
just check out the Roar online game on the CBBC website.
You'll be glad you did.
After a full day out in the park,
rhino toddler Ebun is ready for bed.
If she was with her mum, she'd be getting mother's milk
but here it's up to the keepers to get Ebun her bedtime drink.
So Ross is getting her baby bottle ready.
What we do is we make a mixture of whey powder and milk powder,
pretty much the same as a normal baby would have but on a larger scale.
Put the cold water in. Just stir it through.
When she was younger, Ebun had five of these bottles a day
which adds up to 12 litres of milk.
That's enough to feed 24 human babies.
But now she's growing up and needs to be weaned off milk.
-So she's down to just one bottle.
-She loves it.
When we go in, she'll be ready and waiting, squeaking around,
waiting for her milk to come in.
If she was at the other end of the field and she saw the bottle,
she'd be straight down. She loves it that much.
We're ready. I'm going to put it in a bottle.
A baby bottle would be a lot smaller than this.
About half the size but this is a rhino bottle. So proper job.
Milk's ready. Let's go.
EBUN SLURPS MILK
We've seen some big babies on Roar
but this must be the biggest bottle-feeding baby ever.
She weighs almost a tonne
and Ebun still manages to be cute. Amazing.
SLURP, SLURP, SLURP
It takes less than 30 seconds to polish off enough milk
to keep a human baby going for two days.
And when it's gone, she spots the Roar cameraman.
Better get out of there, Adam!
But now with a final snack of fresh hay, it's bedtime for Ebun.
She's had her milk now. That'll see her off to sleep.
She'll finish her hard feed
and then she'll be sparked out and we'll see her in the morning.
Isn't that right, Ebun?
Night-night, see you later, Ebun.
That's it for today
but we'll catch up with Ebun later in the series
when she faces the next big challenge of growing up.
# When I see your face
# There's not a thing that I would change
# Cos you're amazing
# Just the way you are
# And when you smile
# The whole world stops and stares for a while
# Cos, girl, you're amazing
# Just the way you are... #
It is almost time to leave you.
But before we do, we've come to see Sarah
and her lovely group of pelicans.
I say lovely, but they can be a bit aggressive sometimes.
-Are we safe here, Sarah?
-You're perfectly safe, Johny.
Oh, Johny. Oh, no, I've got fish in my face, I've got fish in my face!
-Who's this then?
-This is our little troublemaker of the group.
-This is one of our hand-reared pelicans.
-It's Mr Snappy!
I have to admit, I love Mr Snappy. I've never been snapped by him
but there is something about the way he comes out here
all bolshie, snaps at us, and we can't help but feed him.
OK, then, baggy mouth, you'll eat all the fish
unless we throw it to everyone else.
I've got to say, I am slightly in love with Mr Snappy.
I seem to have some sort of affinity with him.
Yeah, you've both got a big mouth.
Well, on that note,
I think I should say goodbye for today's episode.
Check out what's coming up on the next episode of Roar.
Coming up next time, Joseph the baby wallaby, who had to be hand-reared,
must learn to join in with the others.
But will he stay close to mum or hop along with the mob?
A dream comes true for Ethan the Roar ranger.
I can't describe it. I've always wanted to do this.
And 30 wolves must be given medicine but they'll do anything to avoid it.
The stage is set for an epic struggle.
It's keepers versus wolves.
So, who's going to win?
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Rani and Johny meet Mr Snappy, the greediest pelican, and find out about the playful otters. Then Johny tackles the creature that stalks his worst nightmare. Meanwhile, the keepers have a big problem - the baby rhino seems to have fallen in love with their tractor.