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On Roar today, there is an emergency.

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Four tiny monkeys have escaped from their new enclosure.

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Can the keepers catch them before it's too late?

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

-And I'm Johny.

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Just over there, chilling out, are the park's four white rhinos.

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-Unjanu and Moreschi.

-Rezida and little cutie, Aboan.

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They're getting ready to do what they love the most,

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and that's head out into the park for the day.

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Exactly what we love doing. Let's get on with today's show.

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'Coming up, the flamingos look pretty in pink,

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'but they can be rotten parents.

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'I'll be finding out egg-xactly how to hatch their eggs.

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'They say owls are wise but will this lot be clever enough

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'to catch out keeper John with their barn owl questions?

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'And 240 hungry mouths to feed, no problem.

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'I'll be serving up some fast and tasty food to the deer herd.

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'We're starting today down at Monkey Temple.

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'This is a new type of animal exhibit.

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'It has no bars and no roof, and the marmosets that live here

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'are free to roam around the buildings, trees and bushes.

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'At the moment, it is home to eight common marmosets.

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'They are loving the freedom and space it offers.

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'Head of section, Darren Beasley, is delighted with how it's going.'

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The whole thing about Monkey Temple is they have got such a huge area

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and such a variety of things for them to do.

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I'm not talking a hamster in a wheel type of thing,

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it's natural trees and swinging ropes

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and they can leap and hang by one foot.

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They're catching wild butterflies and bugs and spiders.

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Great stuff, proper monkey stuff. To me that is fantastic.

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No bars, no cages. Come and go as they please.

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Go back in their warm night house if it is cold.

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It is so entertaining and great for the monkeys. Really wonderful.

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'In the wild, a family group of marmosets like this

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'would have their own territory, which they'd stay in

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'and defend against any intruders.

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'Darren and the team are hoping the marmosets feel that this

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'is their territory and they won't want to run away.

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'They've made sure they have a warm and comfy night house

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'they can go into at any time.

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'It's got a nest box, fresh food and is away from the visitors.'

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We thought they were going to be a bit nervous.

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Actually they've done really well.

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They have explored their area,

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they have not gone any further than they should, so I am very pleased.

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As they get braver and braver, they are going to push the boundaries.

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They might go a little bit further than we want,

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but it really doesn't matter,

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as long as they stay within this area, I am very pleased.

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'Keeper Jo looks after the monkeys.

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'She loves the new enclosure but she does have concerns.'

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There are a few worries about having such an open enclosure.

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When we've got new monkeys arrive, it's new to them.

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They don't know the area they are coming into.

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You have always got the worry of the odd one being a bit adventurous.

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'And Jo was right to be worried.

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'Yesterday, when they were letting a new group of monkeys out,

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'it all went wrong, and the monkeys ran away.'

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We let them out yesterday but I kind of knew they would be cautious,

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coming out into a new enclosure they've never come into before.

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They were a little braver, or they got braver very quick.

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One of them jumped out and kind of slipped, I think,

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and went in the wrong direction to where it should have gone.

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Obviously, once one goes, they all go.

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'The four that are missing are called Goeldi monkeys.

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'They have beautiful black fur and are tiny, just 20 centimetres tall.

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'They ran away into the dense woodland behind Monkey Temple

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'and spent their first night out fending for themselves.

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'Can they survive out in the wild

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'and will the keepers be able to recapture them?

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'We will be back with Jo later.'

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'Did you know the smallest monkey in the world is the pygmy marmoset?

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'It weighs just 110 grams and is only 12 centimetres long.

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'They're gumivores, which means that apart from insects,

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'they also eat the sap from trees.

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'Gumivore, great word.'

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ALL: Now you know!

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I am at the deer park with head of section, Tim.

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As you can see, we've got a massive trailer of browse.

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I am not doing a very good job.

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We have got all this because we have loads of mouths to feed.

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What are we talking about, Tim? Who are we talking about?

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Rani, we are talking about all the deer in the section here

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that we are giving browse to.

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We've got four different species.

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We've got Pere David deer,

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we've got axis deer,

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we've got fallow deer.

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I've missed one, I think.

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Red deer.

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Red deer, Pere David, axis and fallow.

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Who's that over there? Pere David?

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Over there we've got Pere David running.

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Up in the corner there, if you can see,

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that's the red deer and their calves.

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And then over here on the left are some fallow bucks.

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How many deer have we got out here, Tim?

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Presently we have about 240 deer in total out here.

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We've placed loads of browse out here but as you said there is

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lots of deer, but they are really shy, aren't they?

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They are. They are extremely shy.

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The reason for that is so many of them have been giving birth

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and they have got young calves and fauns running around with them.

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They are extremely protective of them.

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One thing that gets me is you talk about little babies.

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When they are born, do they have antlers?

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No, they don't. It takes a while to grow those magnificent antlers.

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No, they, the males, after about a year old,

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they start to get their first antler.

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-Wow! Which ones are they?

-The red deer. Do you see the calves?

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Do they have antlers?

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There is one there, actually, with antlers.

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-In regrowth, in velvet.

-Regrowth?

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-What do you mean by regrowth?

-He's growing antlers now.

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He's growing his new set because they cast them every year.

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What happens to the one that...

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-Do you pick them up?

-I do actually pick them up.

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When they cast them, and a lot of them cast them in the spring,

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I go out and pick them up and gather them up.

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Here we have a young fallow dear.

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In fact, that is a two- to three-year-old fallow deer.

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It's a beautiful thing, the curve. But all of these scratches on it.

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Is that where it's bashing against other antlers?

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Exactly. Exactly that, yes. Quite.

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It's been sparring with another buck at some point

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and it has got these scratches on it.

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Absolutely fab. I'm going to let you put that back in your van.

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I know we've more browse to pull out.

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We've got plenty to pull out. We'd better get to it.

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Let's move it out!

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Here we go again. Come on, Tim. Don't make me do all the hard work.

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'It's been a sleepless night for keeper Jo.

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'She's worried about the Goeldi monkeys that escaped yesterday.

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'They've spent their first night out in the cold.

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'Jo has been in the woods looking for them since this morning.'

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Of course I was worried. They are used to a nice cosy, warm house.

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All the luxuries of a heated lamp and everything.

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It was a horrible night last night, pouring with rain and quite cold.

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'The monkeys normally sleep in a nest box at night.

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'Last night, Jo filled one with hay and left it in the woodland

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'along with food for them to eat.

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'She can see two of the monkeys in the bushes nearby

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'but hopes the other two are in the nest box

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'so she can close the door and catch them.'

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They are right near the box now. Just see if they are inside, hopefully.

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So frustrating.

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You can see them down there now, look. Little devils.

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They have all been around the box and they have taken some food.

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The minute I've have gone up to the box very slowly

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they've all just kind of dispersed.

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They are all here.

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I have seen all four of them.

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The best chance for me is to come back

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and they've actually used that and they're in there

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and I can sneak up on them

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and hopefully shut the door and get them in there.

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I've got to be careful because if I frighten them or try to grab one,

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that could take me back another day, you know,

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before I can get them, so I just have to be patient.

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'It's so frustrating.

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'The Goeldis are very nervous and run away when Jo gets near.

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'If she's to have any chance of catching them in the nest box,

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'she needs to know when they are using it.

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'Are they coming in to sleep here?

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'How much food are they eating?

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'We've offered to help with a Roar night camera.

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'This can film both during the day and at night

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'and show Jo what the Goeldis are up to when no-one's around.'

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It would be fantastic if we could pick up some shots on the night cam.

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I can't wait to see in the morning the evidence

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to see if there is anything to see.

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'With plenty of food left in the nest box,

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'Jo can only hope they come and get it.

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'We'll join her later as she finds out what the footage holds.'

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Last year on Roar,

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keeper John wowed us with his wisdom on the parrots.

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This year he is hoping to be awe-inspiring with the barn owl.

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But he has to take on this fearsome three.

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That is what I'm talking about.

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-Are you ready for the challenge?

-I think so. Fingers crossed.

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You came across pretty confident then.

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We shall soon see. Girls, have you got a question for him?

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-Do barn owls hibernate?

-That's a very good question.

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Barn owls actually don't hibernate.

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This is a European barn owl, you find it in this country

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and also lots of parts of mainland Europe.

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We have very cold winters but these guys, as the name suggests,

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barn, they live in outbuildings where they are fairly sheltered

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so there is no need for them to hibernate.

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How many eggs do they lay each year?

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Barn owls lay... In each clutch they lay it is four eggs.

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It is normally only once a year.

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Harry here has had a few eggs in the past and it is normally four.

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What is the difference between a male and female?

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This barn owl here is called Harriet. She is a female.

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If you look on her chest, can you see those speckles?

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See those speckled markings?

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That is actually the difference between male and females.

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Size difference, they're exactly the same size.

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The females have a speckles and the boys don't.

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Boys have a nice white belly.

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-What do barn owls hunt for?

-Barn owl's main food is rodents.

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Things like mice, shrews, voles. They actually eat their food all in one.

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They don't chew their food. They have bad table manners.

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They eat the whole mouse all in one go

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and anything they don't digest they cough up into...

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I don't normally carry these in my pocket, I'm not weird,

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..into a pellet.

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This is actually the undigested parts of Harriet's last meal.

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I don't know if you can look,

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can you see any bones in there? The little bones?

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ALL: Ew!

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John, you are one cool customer.

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You've answered everything with absolute ease.

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Apart from the killer question. Come on, guys.

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Yes, cool. We are up for this!

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OK, John, the average barn owl in captivity

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lives for approximately 20 years.

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Assuming they raise and fledge one chick per year for 20 years,

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how many rodents would they consume during that time?

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Aah!

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20...

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Have you got a calculator? Someone got a calculator?

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-20,000.

-On their phone?

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If it's 20 babies a year.

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Average barn owl eats four rodents a day.

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3,600...

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You should be asking this lot, not asking me. How many?

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-How many?

-About 7,500.

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We will go with 7,500. I asked the audience.

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7,500. John, final answer?

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Yes.

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That's incorrect.

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Yes, we got him with the killer question. It is actually 20,000.

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-Not even close. Not even close.

-It was a good effort.

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Girls, less attitude now. You're all right.

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He got that wrong but he answered all of our other questions.

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Overall, how do you think he did? Thumbs up or thumbs down for John?

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Thumbs up? Thumbs up all round from the crew. Well done, John.

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Where do sheep go on holiday?

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The Baa-hamas.

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BOTH: Baa-baa!

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When is it the best time to buy a budgie?

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When it's going cheep.

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HE BARKS

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Why did the boy throw the butter out the window?

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-I don't know.

-He wanted to see a butterfly.

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ALL LAUGH

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'Back in the woods behind the open-topped enclosure,

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'the four Goeldi monkeys are still missing.

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'Keeper Jo has been leaving food out every morning and evening

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'and giving them somewhere warm to sleep.

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'We've set up a camera that can record pictures during the day

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'and at night to help Jo check that the monkeys are OK

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'and to work out a plan as to how to catch them.'

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The food has been gone every night that I have returned.

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I'm pretty convinced they are coming back,

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I'm really excited to see if we have got any action.

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'Will the footage show the monkeys coming into the nest box?'

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What's that? A mouse! You are joking! Mice!

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Are they really eating all that food?

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They can't be.

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Where are the monkeys?

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'All night there has been nothing to see but mice.

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'But suddenly, at daybreak, something appears on camera.'

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I can see something!

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I can see one of them in the background. There's one coming now.

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Now this is... Oh! And another!

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They're coming in. They're really cautious, though.

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They're having a look around first, before they come into the box.

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The other one is coming in now.

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I've learnt something I've got to do from watching this.

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That is to put the bowl right at the back of the box,

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so that they have to get in to eat the food.

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I can only see the three at the moment.

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It's odd that the other one isn't there

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because they do tend to stick together.

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I would expect to see number four with them as well.

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I do wonder where number four is.

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'It looks like one of the monkeys

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'has become separated from the others, which is a huge worry.

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'They never normally leave the group so it could mean it may have died.

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'But knowing that the other three are coming to the box to feed

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'gives Jo an idea,

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'a remote-controlled trap,

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'which she is putting in place in the woods.

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'But as she is about to leave, something catches her eye.'

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Ah! Actually, one has just come back now.

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Come on, then. You have got to come and get it.

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Two, there we go. Come on, then!

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I want to reach over and I want to grab one

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but if I do that and it goes wrong,

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I go to grab it and it gets away,

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it will knock me back 24 hours

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because I have built up the trust of them coming down

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and getting the food, and then one false move

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and it's just going to scare them away.

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Frustrating isn't the word.

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'With Jo unable to physically catch them,

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'the three Goeldis disappear back up into the trees

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'but at least she has seen them.

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'They are eating and perhaps the trap will work.

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'Luckily, it's springtime and the weather is warm

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'so the little monkeys should be fine outdoors.

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'We'll be let back later to see if there are any developments.

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'Now on the last series of Roar,

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'we were captivated by the story of the little flamingo chicks.

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'We followed them as they grew up, and just look at them now!

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'You can barely tell them from the grown-ups.

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'This year, the birds have been laying again.

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'Apparently with flamingos, it's best not just to leave them to it.

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'It's a bit more scientific than that.'

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Today I've popped somewhere quite unusual

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and it's all because I'm here to see keeper Mark

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and find out all about a breeding programme.

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Mark, where am I and what are we doing?

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This is our incubation room.

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This is where that we incubate our Chilean flamingo eggs.

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OK, why are you keeping them in here?

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Because flamingos are not very good

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when it comes to looking after their eggs.

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Quite often, they lay a nice egg in a nice nest that they've built

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and they all squabble and fight and kick them out

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and they get lost in the mud and wasted.

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We bring them here so we can look after them,

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make sure they are fertile, and then when they're due to hatch,

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we stick them back out with the birds.

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Basically, you are keeping them safe from those clumsy birds?

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-That's right.

-So you get the egg here and what happens?

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-Then what we do is we weigh them.

-Why do you weigh them?

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Because we need the egg to lose weight over its incubation period.

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I thought normally when people are giving birth,

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animals and humans, the baby needs to get heavier and heavier?

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-But not with birds.

-So what happens them?

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An egg has got loads of little holes of it, it is really porous.

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It needs to lose weight through moisture loss

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and get a nice big air cell in the end of it,

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so when it's due to hatch,

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the little chick can break into the air cell

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and it can start breathing.

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I didn't know that. You see, I love it.

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Is anything being incubated at the moment?

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-We've got quite a few in here.

-This is the machine?

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What happens?

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Are they all at the right temperature,

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what a flamingo would sit on them as?

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Yes. The temperature is right, the humidity is right, hopefully,

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and the machine turns them because they have to be turned every hour.

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At 28 days, they should be at the point of hatching.

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They will break into the air cell, start calling, start breathing.

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-Still in that machine?

-Still in that machine.

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Then what we do is we whip them straight back up.

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-We have got a map of all our nests.

-No way!

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We write which egg came from which nest.

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-So there is method to your madness.

-A little bit.

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Will Mum look after the chick after that?

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Are they capable of growing safely?

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That's the intention, that Mum and Dad rear the chick normally.

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Last year, we had five successes. We are looking for more this year.

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It's fascinating. That's turning, you've got your computer.

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I think we need to get you a white coat.

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I think you need to get into the science look for this.

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-So I've got 28 days to wait?

-Yes.

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Do I just stand here and wait?

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-No. Go and have something to eat.

-All right, Mark. See you laters.

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'Right, Roar gamers. It's cheat code time.

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'Type grass33 into the Roar game on the CBBC website

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'and see what it gets you.

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'New treats, new animals or even a new enclosure. Happy gaming.

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'Up at Monkey Temple,

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'there have been some dramatic developments.

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'Keeper Jo has called us up with some news.'

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I have something to show you.

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I have a little black monkey up here.

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A Goeldi monkey.

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'Jo has managed to catch one of the missing monkeys.

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'It's fantastic news,

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'especially because it's most likely the one that got separated

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'from the rest of the group

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'and has been alone in the forest for many nights.

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'The little one's in good condition and seems to have been

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'eating the fruit Jo left out and the natural bugs in the woodland.

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'But it wasn't the trap that caught her.'

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I came up here after dinner with a bowl of banana,

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ready to go and walk into the woods back to the traps I'd set previously,

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and from a distance, I thought I saw something black on the tree.

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Goeldis are distinct. They are black all over and have amazing fur.

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She was so quiet, so still.

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I did a double-take and thought, no, that's too easy.

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I very slowly crept, staying low so as not to scare her out the way

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to make her shoot back up the tree.

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I thought, I wonder how far I'll get.

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I knelt down on the floor with food to see if she would come down.

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I thought, I won't pounce on her now.

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Let her eat and trust me sitting with her before I make the move.

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I had nothing on me. Only my fleece. I very slowly took my fleece off.

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'Jo had got the monkey.'

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She was so quiet, she didn't put up a fight at all.

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She looked a little war worn and looked very tired and hungry.

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I walked back with her and she kind of snuggled into the fleece.

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I was so happy to have her back.

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'And back in the house with plenty of heating and food,

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'the Goeldi seems happy to be home.

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'This one has finished her forest adventure

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'and is back with the keepers who have given her a name, Lucky.

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'Jo is still concerned about the others.'

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I am worried about them. They are my animals.

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I know they are built for being able to survive.

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I have to go home every night and I worry about them.

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'Getting the Goeldis back to Monkey Temple is taking longer

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'than everyone had hoped.'

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I think we're at the stage where we've tried everything we can -

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listening out for them,

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trying to catch them with nets and trying to lure the others back in.

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None of it's working.

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In my heart of hearts, I'm not surprised.

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Their ancestors came from Bolivia in South America.

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Thick, tropical forests. Loving it.

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Imagine how many spiders and bugs are here to eat.

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It's like a summer holiday, I'm sure.

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It's a massive great bit of woodland

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and they're not bothering to call back

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because they're having such a good time.

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'The keepers are continuing to leave food

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'and shelter out for the group, and will be doing everything they can

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'to get them back.'

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It's almost the end of another show but before we leave you,

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we thought we'd sail out in style on one of the park's boats.

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Choo-choo! That is the train going past to say hello.

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Of course, hello to you, John.

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You drive the boat and do the commentaries,

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hence you have a microphone in hand.

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What's new on the boat section?

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What's new on the boat? I've got a baby sea lion called Renee.

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She is doing really, really well.

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Part of the boat tour is feeding the sea lions.

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-Can people still do that and can we?

-You can feed the sea lions, yes.

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-We do still do that. He you go.

-Excellent. We have Buster here.

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How is Buster getting on? He is sort of the top dog.

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Buster is the breeding bull. He is doing really well right now.

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You've got Nancy, there. Nancy looks a bit lighter in colour as well.

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We've got Buster here, who is a big lad.

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But we've got two bigger animals in this lake, haven't we? The hippos.

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How are they getting on?

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They are doing really well right now.

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They're in one of the best shapes they've been in.

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There are quite active, which is quite nice for them.

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You always get a lovely view of them.

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There is one other big fellow, isn't there? Nico.

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Can't miss him out.

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He is lovely. How is he doing? He's 50 now.

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He is getting very old but again, he is in good shape as well right now.

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He is still very active and runs around,

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chasing things off he doesn't want there so he's doing really well.

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It has been great being out here today, John. Thank you.

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It has. Unfortunately, we have run out of time.

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Here's what's on the next episode of Roar.

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For now it's goodbye from us and goodbye from Buster.

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'Next time on Roar, the lion cubs are moving on to solids,

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'and I don't think they are going to be fussy eaters.'

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Oh, yes! I love this job!

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'They say that pigs are as clever as dogs

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'so Rani and I have a go at some basic training.'

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-Sit!

-Sit!

-Sit! Roll over.

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'And our Roar Rangers throw away their ballet shoes

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'and pull on the gloves, because it's bath time for mum and baby.

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'That's all next time on Roar. Don't miss it.'

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