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Today, on Roar... Anne the elephant has problems with her health,

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but can the vet discover what needs to be done?

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-Hello, I'm Lady Ranington.

-And I am Lord Johny.

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Welcome to another fascinating episode of Roar.

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Now, before we start today's show,

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we're just having a touch of breakfast.

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I'll be starting with some scrambled eggs

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and smoked salmon on a sliver of toast, mmm!

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Oh, that looks very nice, Rani.

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I'm having a bacon sarnie with some brown sauce.

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-Johny, we're supposed to be dead posh.

-Right, I forgot about that.

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In that case... Let's get on with today's super duper show.

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-Chin-chin, lovely.

-Chin-chin, darling. Lovely.

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Coming up today, the tigers are right outside our vehicle

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and the keeper wants to open the door.

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That has to be probably the scariest thing I've ever done on Roar.

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The mischievous monkeys keep pulling bits off cars.

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So, are they little comedians or little monsters?

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Oh, no!

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And we're no scaredy cats, but it's hard to keep your cool

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when you're dealing with the world's largest scorpion.

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It's going to sting me! It is, it is!

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But we're starting out with Anne the elephant.

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For a long time, she's suffered with her health

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and today they're going to find out if anything can be done to help.

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Anne is, of course, a very famous elephant.

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She rose to stardom with the circus in the days before

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that sort of animal act was widely banned.

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She was with the circus for over 50 years before coming to live

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here in the park a few months ago.

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But the years have taken their toll.

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They think Anne is 58, which makes her the oldest elephant in Europe.

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And with age, comes problems.

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The park's head of animals is Jon Cracknell.

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The biggest concern we have with Anne is that she's an old girl.

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She's got arthritis. We think it's in her hips,

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but he haven't had a good chance to really assess her yet.

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It could be in her knees.

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And that's one of the things we've really got to work on.

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Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints.

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It's making Anne's legs stiff and painful.

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When you look at Anne, you can see her walking,

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and she's a bit like a pantomime horse. Her front half is fine.

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Unfortunately, her back half doesn't really work very well,

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and that's her biggest limitation.

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So, when she's walking around, you can see her struggling.

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She drags her feet a little bit. She has good days and bad days.

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Arthritis can't be cured, but it can be treated.

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And to make Anne as comfortable as possible,

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it's vital to get those treatments just right.

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The vet in charge of Anne's welfare is Nick Masters.

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He's an elephant expert. And he's about to do a series

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of tests to give her a thorough health check.

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First, he needs to take a blood sample.

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We're taking the blood for a variety of reasons, really.

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I mean, the most important thing, I think, is that it gives us an idea

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of her general health status that we can't get by just looking at her.

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But taking blood from an elephant is no easy task.

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Nick will have to get right underneath her and then prick

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her with a needle and syringe to take the blood from her back leg.

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Doing anything invasive, in veterinary speak,

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with elephants is potentially dangerous.

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They're big animals. If they don't like what you're doing... You know.

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I think it's a pretty simple and painless procedure for her.

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Once the needle has passed through the skin, it's just a little shot.

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She feels like we do when we have blood taken from us.

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And the rest is all fairly simple, really.

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It might be simple, but would you crawl under an elephant

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and stick a needle in its leg?

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Stay tuned to see how it goes.

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Now, I'm here in the heart of tiger territory with head keeper

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Bob Trollope.

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Because it's such a lovely sunny day, we thought we'd try

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and encourage the tigers to have a dip in the pool.

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Apparently, the new male Turlough likes a bit of a swim.

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-Is that right, Bob?

-That's very true. He does like the water.

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And so, what have we got here that's going to encourage Turlough

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and Co. to have a dip in this pool that we've got?

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As you can see, it's lovely day. We've got some meat, small chunks.

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I thought we'd try a little surprise.

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We've got some balls we normally have in the pond for them to play with,

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but we've stuffed them with meat, as you can see, just to give them

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something to do, so they don't just grab it and run off and whatever.

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It gives them something to think about.

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So, how are we going to do this then?

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How are we going to get the boys into the pool?

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Well, we're going to have to open the back door

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and chuck them out the back door.

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-Oh, OK, so the tigers aren't in the enclosure?

-They're just there.

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So, Johny, if you turn around, you'll be able to see them.

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Maybe you could over here.

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So, we're actually going to open this door

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and the tigers are actually in here.

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They're just over there. As you can see, they are watching us.

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-Watching our every move.

-This is actually, genuinely, pretty scary.

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-Is this safe, Bob?

-We're perfectly safe, as long as we don't fall out.

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What's mad is that we're surrounded by tigers right now

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and we've got their food.

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Right? So this is quite a precarious position.

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OK, so, Bob, there's a tiger there. Bob's about to open the door.

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-Well, actually, if I open the door, why don't you do it, Johny?

-Do what?

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-Just drop it out the door and let it roll in.

-Yeah? OK.

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-You ready?

-Yeah, OK.

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We interrupt this programme to bring you a vital health warning.

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Should you find yourself surrounded by four hungry tigers,

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do not open the door or window, even for a second.

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What you are about to see is only possible

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because Bob has been working with huge, deadly carnivores

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for over 30 years, and he knows how they roll.

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Be quick, be quick, be quick!

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Right. OK, that's... That has to be, probably,

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the scariest thing I've ever done on Roar.

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Right, so Turlough is going straight in.

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Yep. He wants to play with the ball.

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He's not too fussy about eating the meat at the moment.

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Bob, you've been working with these tigers a long time,

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do you think that they'd attack you?

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Or do they know you're the source of food, that you give them

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food regularly? Are they your friends?

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-I doubt they'd attack.

-Oh, really?

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Yeah, we have that working relationship.

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You have a lot of respect. They are killers, as you can imagine.

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And I respect the fact that they would kill me.

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So, obviously, we don't put ourselves in that position.

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He's faced the other way, should we try and put another one in there?

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It's incredible seeing these tigers kind of play with these balls.

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Just drop it in there. There you go.

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Oh, my goodness!

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Oh, my goodness! I can't believe...!

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I honestly can't believe I've just done that!

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Look at Turlough with his wet head now.

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Right, we've got one more to do.

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-Am I all right to just put that out quickly?

-Yeah, I reckon.

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They're at the other side of the pond.

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Yep, OK, we can throw it out. There you go.

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-Oh, that's done.

-There you go.

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-OK, now. So, I think that's a job well done, Bob.

-I think it is.

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-You know, there's only one more thing to do.

-Yeah? What's that?

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Get a hair dryer and dry him.

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Butterflies have taste sensors on their feet, so they can tell

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what kind of plant they've landed on just by standing on it.

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Which must be very useful,

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though they wouldn't want to touch down where the elephant's just been!

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ALL: Now you know!

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She can run, but she can't hide. It's time for Ask The Keeper!

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Michelle Duffin, would you like a muffin?

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-No, thanks, I'm all right.

-OK. Would you like to answer questions

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-about the pigs then?

-Yeah, all right then.

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-OK. Is it true we're going to get them out today?

-Yes, we are.

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-All right then, let's release the pigs!

-Wilbur, Rufus!

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-Oh, there they're coming!

-Come on!

-There they come!

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-Has anyone been close to pigs before?

-Yeah.

-You have?

-Come on!

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SHE SCREAMS

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My feet! The pigs are feeding at my feet!

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They just get a bit excited.

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-How intelligent are they?

-Pigs are very intelligent.

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-They're actually believed to be as intelligent as dogs.

-Wow!

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So, what kind of things can they do then? Can they sit, roll over?

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You can train them, yeah.

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You can train them to sit, heel,

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any sort of thing you'd train a dog to do, really.

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How much do pigs weigh?

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These Kunekune pigs can go anywhere between 60 and 100 kilos.

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-Do they bite?

-They can get a bit excitable, but you'll be fine.

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I fed them before I let them out, so that calmed them down.

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What foods should you avoid feeding them?

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You're not allowed to feed them any table scraps,

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so no meat and nothing from the leftover dinners that we eat.

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-And also, parsnips can be quite bad for them, as well.

-Why is that?

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It can give them mouth ulcers if they eat too many.

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Are you having a little stroke there? What does he feel like?

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-A hairbrush.

-Oh, it is, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-It is like a proper hair brush.

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We could clean the floor with you.

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Pig escaped! Pig escaped!

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-Rufus!

-He escaped.

-No, he's over there. Look. Rufus!

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-Good boy. Good boy.

-I'm a bit nervous, actually.

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-How good is their smell?

-Their sense of smell is actually very good.

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These Kunekune pigs can actually smell something

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that's buried 15 centimetres under the ground.

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We've asked loads of questions of Michelle.

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Michelle, we're going to try and catch you up with a killer question.

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OK, guys, we're going to huddle up.

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-THEY LAUGH

-Little piggies,

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-are you ready for this?

-THEY SNORT

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Yeah, I think so. OK, Michelle, we have a question for you.

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You should look nervous.

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OK, in the classic fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs,

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what did the pigs make their houses out of?

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Oh... Hold on a sec. Wilbur, Rufus!

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They're not going to help you with this one, Michelle.

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They are, they are. Right.

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One was with straw.

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One was with brick.

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And the third one...

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-It's not coming.

-Ah-ha!

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What was the third one?

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-ALL: Sticks.

-Sticks!

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-Sticks!

-That's it!

-Well,

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you failed your killer question, but your Kunekune knowledge,

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-thumbs up or thumbs down for her?

-BOTH: Thumbs up!

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BOTH: Thumbs up! THEY SNORT

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-SHE SNORTS

-That's what we think, Michelle.

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Thank you!

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Back at the elephant house, the keepers have got everything

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ready so that Nick, the vet, can take a blood sample.

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This could be a very dangerous procedure

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and Anne must briefly have a chain on her foot

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so that she doesn't crush anyone.

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The best place to take a blood sample

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is from the inside of her back legs.

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First, Nick wipes the area with antiseptic.

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Now he's going in with the needle.

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When the needle goes in, Anne may feel it for just a second,

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so Andy distracts her with some friendly pats.

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And the syringe is attached. The blood is drawn out slowly.

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Ten seconds or so.

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But Anne takes it all in her stride. She's just a perfect patient.

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She's great, actually. She's a lovely elephant and she's had

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decades of being very close to and handled by people.

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So it's probably not that big a deal for her. So, yeah, it's great.

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We need the blood samples and it all went very well.

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The blood sample needs to be sent off to a laboratory for testing,

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but the vet hasn't finished yet.

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To help with her arthritis,

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Anne gets medicine mixed in with her food.

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It's important that she gets exactly the right amount,

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and that dosage depends on how much she weighs.

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Trouble is nobody knows her weight. So far, they've just been guessing.

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What we can do, if we have an accurate weight for her,

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is establish exactly what she ought to be getting in her ration.

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She should be about 3.5 tons tops.

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But how do you weigh an elephant?

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With jumbo scales, of course!

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And they've just got one specially made,

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though they've never used it before.

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So the first challenge is to get Anne to stand on it.

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But once again, Anne seems to know exactly what's expected.

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A few banana treats always help, too.

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And now they've got a reading.

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Anne weighs 3,690 kilos.

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She was very well behaved. I'm very proud of her, bless her heart.

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We've an accurate weight for her now.

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We know exactly how much drugs we need to use for her body weight.

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It helps us out an awful lot.

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But there's another issue.

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The heavier she is, the more stress is put on her bad legs.

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They thought she was 3.5 tons, that's 3,500 kilos.

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But she's a little heavier than that.

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On the scale, she weighed 3,690 kilograms.

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I think that's a little bit over.

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I think she's probably about 200 kilograms overweight.

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Nothing horrendous, but we certainly want to reduce it to 3.5 if we can.

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We'll work out a little bit of a diet for Anne.

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See where we can cut some food.

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I mean, she's a big elephant. She's a big bulk feeder.

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We need lots going through her to keep her stomach working.

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That's how elephants go.

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So, you know, she doesn't get a huge amount of goodies every day.

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She gets a few out in the yard.

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So we'll see where we can pare her back

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or get her eating more healthy, like we all should.

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But the vet hasn't finished with Anne yet.

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The most challenging procedure is still to be done.

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We'll be back to find out how on earth

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you take an X-ray of an elephant.

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HE LAUGHS

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What do you call a pig with no clothes on? Streaky bacon.

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WOOF, WOOF

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-Why do hummingbirds hum?

-Because they don't know the words.

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OOH-OOH, AH-AH

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What do you get when you cross a palm tree and a toad?

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A croakanut.

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THEY LAUGH

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They sound alike.

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# Just shake it, shake it Shake it, shake it, monkey

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# Monkey, monkey, monkey

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# Monkey, monkey... #

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There's a troop of over 100 Rhesus macaque monkeys

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living in the drive-through enclosure they call Monkey Jungle.

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Now, there are two opinions about them.

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Some people think they're just great fun,

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while others think something I wouldn't want to repeat.

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Deputy Head Warden Ian Turner can see both sides.

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Monkey Jungle is probably the most popular park in the Safari Park.

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Fun to watch. You could watch monkeys all day.

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They're just playing, rolling about. They're always doing something.

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Monkeys are very adaptable animals.

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They're curious, bold,

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mischievous and love to play with almost anything,

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including cars.

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# Here in my car I feel safest of all

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# I can lock all my doors It's the only way to live

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# In cars. #

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Unfortunately, their idea of playing with the cars

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means seeing how many bits they can pull off.

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I would say, 20% of the cars that go through get damaged.

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They just have days when they're in the mischievous mode.

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And then can do every car.

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So, what's it like to be on the receiving end of monkey mischief?

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We've jumped in with the Bugler family to find out.

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You haven't got your windows open now, have you?

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ALL: No.

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Oh, look! THEY LAUGH

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There's three on that car over there, look.

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It can be quite a battle some days, yes. And it tends to be.

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A lot of the new number plates that used to be screwed on,

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now they're not, they're Velcro, and they're easy to get off.

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The monkeys just love... As soon as they pick the habit up, they know it

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and straight away will take them off.

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Look!

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Squirt, squirt!

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We're just going up for a second to where the big log is.

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That's where they tend to hang around.

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And sort of ambush cars.

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THEY LAUGH

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You see that red bottom?

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The reason why that car's not so bothered is

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because it's not their wiper.

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It's the wiper off a different car.

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They like Daddy's car, don't they?

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It's usually the dad's that don't like them.

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The kids and the mums love them. THEY LAUGH

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-And dad's don't.

-Oh, no!

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But it's not just the dads,

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the monkeys have managed to wind up some of the keepers, too.

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They can be a bit annoying. They're smelly.

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We didn't really get off on a good foot, the monkeys and I.

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One of my first ever days here, I was one the Monkey Jungle gate

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and I left my bag unattended.

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They came down and they stole my pack lunch, all my food,

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my drink, everything.

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Then they sat up on the fence and ate it all in front of me.

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It's a great laugh for the kids, the families.

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Obviously, for the person that owns a vehicle it's not quite as much fun.

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And you do get angry dad syndrome -

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a dad that doesn't want to go in there, but the kids force him to.

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Every time I saw a monkey, I thought of that day, watching them

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eat my dinner in front of me, and it made me bitter for years.

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They will pull window wipers and roof trim out

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and chew on it for a little while.

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And then they'll discard it and onto the next one.

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Now that I'm in the situation of being able to sit back and watch them

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trying to steal somebody else's lunch, I find them quite amusing.

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My car seems to be intact as we're leaving. No hitchhikers on board.

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After they've pulled parts off the cars,

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the monkeys soon toss them aside.

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So, the keepers go around, collect them all up and add them

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to their ever-growing pile.

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Visitors who have lost something can come and collect their bits.

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Yeah, this is an example of the pieces we pick up.

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Obviously, the towing hitch off the back of a car.

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It will go down there for somebody to pick up tonight.

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Number plates they're quite keen on. A mirror and wipers.

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The monkeys might be annoying,

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but most visitors do go away with a smile.

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It's always fun to be in the monkey area. They're always doing something.

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Today's cheat code for the Roar game is coral26.

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If you've been playing that game on the CBBC website,

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you'll know what to do with that. And if you haven't, why not?

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It's easy to get started and great fun.

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Back with Anne the elephant, vet Nick and the team

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are about to tackle a very unusual and tricky procedure.

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Today is a bit special because we've been wanting for a little

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while to look at her feet in a bit more detail.

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And that, ideally, involves taking some radiographs, some X-rays.

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So that's what we're going to try and do today.

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Since she arrived, the keepers have been filing

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and conditioning her over-grown toe nails.

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They noticed what could be a problem.

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We know now that her feet are all cleaned up

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and looked at very carefully by the keepers,

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that she's got some little cracks and little holes.

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So we want to check, by taking X-rays,

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that there's no infection there.

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A bad infection behind the nails or in the toe bones would be

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very serious, but an X-ray picture will reveal any problem.

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The trouble is its not easy to X-ray an elephant.

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She's not used to having her feet X-rayed.

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We'll have to be careful with the equipment and everybody's safety.

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While the team are working right under her feet,

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Anne has to have a chain put on so no one gets accidentally crushed.

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The X-ray machine sends a beam of rays through the body to a sensitive

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plate on the other side, which makes a black and white picture.

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That plate fits inside a case, which Anne puts her foot on.

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Everyone close by needs to wear an apron made of lead

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to protect them from the rays.

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And the pictures go straight on the laptop.

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All right, good girl.

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Yeah.

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That was great.

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There were some really excellent pictures

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under quite testing conditions, so it was good.

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-And what have the pictures shown?

-The toes that have got some little

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cracks and holes in them, we've got some good images.

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There does appear to be some areas where bone is affected.

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So that's important that we know how badly...

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And see if our treatment is improving things,

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certainly not letting them get any worse.

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Under the information they've got from all today's tests,

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the team can now tweak Anne's medication and diet

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to keep her in the best possible condition.

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Jon Cracknell reckons they've made good progress so far.

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When she first came here, Anne could only walk for a very short distance.

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What we've seen over the last couple of months is a slow improvement.

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She's been walking farther and farther.

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And now she manages a couple of hours out of the paddock.

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From where she was and where she is now, it's amazing.

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And let's hope that progress continues for Anne,

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the oldest elephant in Europe.

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Before we leave you today,

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we thought we'd pop down and catch up with keeper John.

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-Hi, John.

-Hello.

-Hi, John.

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It looks like you've got your packed lunch boxes out.

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Look at you two getting manly.

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-He gives him the fist.

-Yeah.

-Is this your pack lunch?

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Not quite lunch time. These are our three Emperor scorpions.

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-Well, I wouldn't quite fancy eating those.

-No, I wouldn't dare.

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-OK, let's have a look.

-Would you like to hold one?

-No!

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What a silly question!

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-Here we go.

-Can't scorpions kill you if they sting you?

-Not this species.

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This is a very... Not dangerous to us.

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-But it might hurt me.

-Get on with it, Rani!

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You're just putting off the inevitable. Come on, you can do it.

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I haven't held a scorpion before.

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-There we go.

-I can't do it! It's going to bite me!

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-It's going to sting me!

-It's all right, it's not going to sting you.

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There we go. OK?

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-Well done, Rani.

-It's going to sting me! It's going to sting me, it is!

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I'm actually holding it!

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Oh, it tickles.

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And it's very light. And it's legs are very delicate.

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But it's filling me with fear that it's going to sting me.

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Rani, you're being so brave there.

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-Unfortunately, we've run out of time for today's show.

-Whoa, Johny, no.

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We've still got a couple of minutes and I've got two more scorpions.

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No, unfortunately, we're definitely out of time.

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-Here's what's coming up.

-No, honestly, I insist!

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We've got stinging scorpions.

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-You all right there, Rani, for a few minutes?

-No, I'm not.

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I can't wait. Thought I got away with not holding one for a second.

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Oh, this one is wriggly!

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Why do I get the wriggly one?

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-He's just waking up.

-Oh! Whoa, whoa!

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There's something quite menacing about the name scorpions,

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but these are called Emperor scorpions.

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Are these like the bosses of all scorpions?

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They're the biggest and most impressive type of scorpion.

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So they tend to be the ones people would use in movies and things.

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-Because, I mean, look at it. It does look pretty mean.

-But you know what?

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Actually, now that she's on, she's very gentle.

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And it is always the best way of getting over

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a fear of something, isn't it? Holding one of these things.

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Certain animals always carry that bad reputation.

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You know, snakes, scorpions, spiders...

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People think that they want to hurt you.

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Don't get me wrong, don't go out into the African bush

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and pick up every scorpion you find because they're not all going

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to be as used to being handled as these guys.

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You know what, John? It's been wicked getting to hold these guys.

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-This one's quite wriggly. Do you want to hold this one, Rani?

-Sure!

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I've got to say, we really are out of time now, so why don't you

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check out what's coming up on the next episode of Roar.

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And you enjoy your friend, Johny.

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Next time...

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A baby anteater is born at the park, the first they've ever had.

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The keepers must weigh and measure the little one,

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but how will Mum react and will she accept her baby back?

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We'll be discovering why the water hole is a drink stop,

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a supermarket and a restaurant for African animals.

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And we visit a place that's not for the easily scared.

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It's dark, it's creepy and it's full of bats.

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This can mean only one thing.

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It's time for...Ask The Keeper!

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There is a thrilling mix of fear and fun when Johny finds himself in a car surrounded by four tigers. His nerves are fine until the keeper wants to open the door. But it's the fifteen-centimetre emperor scorpion that brings Rani out in a cold sweat when she is challenged to hold it. Meanwhile there is nothing but laughs when the monkeys show just how mischievous they can be.


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