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Today on Roar, the lion cubs are finally coming out to

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where the visitors can see them.

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Are they ready for their first public performance?

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

-And I'm Rani.

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The amazing ants can carry more than their body weight,

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so Johny has challenged me to carry him.

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-I'm ready, go!

-Put your back into it! Come on!

-OK, hang on!

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-You can do better than that, Rani. Come on.

-OK.

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Shall we just get on with today's show?

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I don't know about ants, that was pants.

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On Roar today, we've got a baby theme going.

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As well as the lion cubs, we'll catch up with the newborn giraffe.

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He's Gertrude's first baby. So, how's he coping?

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He's grown a bit since we saw him take his first swim,

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but is Riley the sealion still a big kid?

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When is a tortoise all soft to stroke?

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When they're a tiny baby, just a few days old.

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It is still soft, isn't it?

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We're starting off with the lions,

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because they're in for a challenging day.

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Six months ago, Nilbalo arrived from Germany

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to become the new pride male.

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12 weeks ago, the lioness named Yendi had four beautiful cubs.

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So far, the cubs and Nilbalo have been confined to the lion house

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and the enclosure outside they call the paddock.

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They've never been in the much larger enclosure that lies beyond.

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That's a section of the safari park where the public can see them,

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as they drive through in their cars.

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But now, Nilbalo and the cubs will soon be out there,

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along with all the lionesses, enjoying the run of that big space.

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If everything goes to plan.

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Keeper Bob Trollope has got his fingers crossed.

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Big day today.

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It's quite an exciting day,

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because we are letting Nilbalo out for the first time, into the section.

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And, also, the cubs. It's going to be quite a nerve-wracking day, I think.

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We don't know what's going to happen.

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Obviously, Nilbalo coming from Germany,

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he's never been out here, he's spent six months in quarantine.

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The cubs have never been out here, so it's going to be exciting.

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Today is also feed day,

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so Bob's scattering some meat around for when they come out.

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The enclosure is ready, but are the keepers?

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We've got to play it as it goes.

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There are going to be several things going on at any one time.

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There's four cubs that are going to be running around

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all over the place.

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Mum's going to be trying to keep an eye on them, the rest of them are

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going to be playing, there's going to be a lot to keep your eyes on.

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We're going to have a few members of staff in here initially.

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Until they get used to it, we will be keeping an extra eye on them.

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To avoid any fighting, the feisty lionesses will be released first.

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Then the mum Yendi and her cubs.

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And when they've all settled down, Nilbalo.

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The keepers are in position.

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The lionesses have been in doors all night, so they're raring to go.

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-'Are you ready?'

-Yeah, we are ready.

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As soon as the gate is open, the lionesses

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streak across the paddock and straight out into the big enclosure.

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Next up are Yendi and her cubs.

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The youngsters have never seen anything like the section before.

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It's exciting, but also scary.

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Stay tuned to see what happens

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when the little cubs meet the big outdoors.

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When it comes to baby giraffes, Longleat has a great track record.

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Over the years, they've had over 110 successful births,

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including three last year,

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when we saw little Kaiser, Kate and Kruger.

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This year, we had some great news,

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when first-time mum Gertrude had a baby.

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But even better, we managed to get footage of the actual birth,

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which happened in the middle of the night.

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-Aw!

-There you go.

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It's a big old drop!

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The baby is now three weeks old.

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So I've met up with keeper Andy

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to get a clearer look.

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I did see the footage, it was very exciting stuff,

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but now I want to see the little one, in person.

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-Is he behind me?

-He is. He's over there, hobbling around.

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SHE SHRIEKS

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-We can see him! Now, we are saying he...

-He.

-Officially a he?

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-It is officially a little boy.

-Name?

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-Because you said you wouldn't name it until it was a week old.

-Yep.

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-We've named him Lewa.

-Lewa?

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After a game reserve in Africa that Longleat supports.

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He's an endangered Kenyan species of giraffe, we call him Lewa.

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You say endangered, what are we talking about?

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There's about 500 Rothschild giraffes left in the world,

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so they are very endangered.

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Every birth we have is very important, but it's Gertrude's

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first baby and she's done brilliantly.

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We were talking about this last time, you were slightly

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nervous of Gertrude, you said she was doing well in the enclosure.

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We just saw a little bit of footage there, now she's out

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and he is out, how is she doing?

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Is she still being a great mummy?

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Right from word go, when myself and Bev went in about 1am

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and she was licking the baby, it just allayed all our fears.

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It worked beautifully, it really did. She's been a very attentive mum

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and he's a very good lad. I say he stays near Mum, Mum's over there...

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This is what I was going to ask! There is Lewa there, he's just

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wandering off, making use of this great field. Which one is Gertie?

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Gertrude is the one just through here.

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There's one bent over, a small one,

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and Gertrude's the tall one with the white face.

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-Just here?

-That's the mum, yeah.

-She is looking that way.

-Yep.

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How protective of a mum is she? Is she always keeping an eye on him?

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Yeah, she is and she's very good, if she thinks he's

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getting in trouble, she'll go over and look after him.

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Again, this is perfect, because she's not being over attentive,

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she's letting him toddle around and he's gone over there.

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He's not even toddling! You say toddling, he's kind of walking fine!

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It's brilliant seeing him! Get him big, get him strong.

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To be honest, he's off on his own adventures. Hopefully, that

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-will continue. Thanks, Andy.

-That's OK, Rani.

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Most animals have loads of different names.

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For example, the Canadian Timber Wolf

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can also be called the Mackenzie Valley Wolf.

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Some people call it the Northwestern Wolf.

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You'd still be right if you just said the grey wolf.

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So, to avoid confusion, every single animal has also been given

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a scientific name which uses Latin, that's the language of ancient Rome.

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The Latin name for these guys is...

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Hmm. No wonder the keepers stick to names like Frida and Nobby.

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THEY HOWL

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Be afraid! Be very afraid! It's time for Ask The Keeper.

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THEY LAUGH

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-Can you feel the fear, Liam?

-I can feel the fear.

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There's quite a lot of excitement going on, but I'm ready for it.

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I don't think you are ready for this lot. They've got some serious

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questions about the prairie dogs. Who's going first?

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Where did they originate from?

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These are black-tailed prairie dogs

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and they're found on the

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Great Plains of North America.

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What type of food do they eat?

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Their staple diet is actually prairie grasses, hence the name prairie dog,

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but they'll eat all sorts of seeds, other types of roots and shoots,

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some berries if they can find them, mainly just grasses and seeds.

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How long has the name prairie dogs been in use for?

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They were found about 200 years ago, eating prairie grasses,

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that's where the prairie bit comes from. The name dog is because when

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they talk to each other, they bark like dogs.

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-So, prairie dogs.

-Are they related to dogs?

-No.

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The name suggests you might think so, but no. They're actually a rodent.

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They're related to squirrels and rabbits.

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I can't believe you got that one right. Unbelievable.

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We're going to have to ramp up the pressure, he's a tough nut to crack.

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Have you got a good question, Stella?

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In the wild, do other animals eat them?

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Prairie dogs have a lot of predators, which is

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why they live so close together.

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Things like coyotes will eat them, and eagles.

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How do they defended themselves against predators?

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Their best defence is numbers.

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They have a couple of sentries on each tunnel mound,

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on which one will stand around and look out for predators or whatever

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types of danger, and they'll make a little bark to tell them,

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"Quick, run away and hide, this is coming."

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But their best defence is just to hide in the tunnels,

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because they go very deep and not a lot is going to get in there.

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What is the Latin name for a prairie dog?

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Do you know, you've stumped me on this one. I haven't got a clue.

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Chloe, put it there! That's what I'm talking about. Yes!

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We got you, finally. You know everything about prairie dogs.

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-Stella, have you got one?

-Do they live in groups?

-They do.

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What they actually do is they live in big things called towns.

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So, imagine how many families live in a town.

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They have lots of different prairie dog families

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in a town, which can be about 100 acres spread across a Great Plain.

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Miles and miles of different sorts of tunnels where they sleep.

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A big family consists of about 20 prairie dogs.

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They would have neighbourhoods of each 20 prairie dogs

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and that keeps expanding.

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The biggest one ever found was 400 million prairie dogs.

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Liam, I can't believe it!

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That was our killer question before we even got to ask it!

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For the first time ever, you have aced Ask The Keeper.

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Your name is Liam Crowne, I give you the crown.

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You're the king of Ask The Keeper. Unbelievable!

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That's got to be a thumbs up all round.

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-Oh, yeah.

-I'm quite happy to take that crown, thank you very much.

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In case you're wondering,

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the Latin name for the black-tailed prairie dog is...

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Shame we didn't save that for the killer question.

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Would you keep a bison in your bedroom?

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How about a lion in the lounge?

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With the Roar online game, you can have a whole

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park full of animals in the comfort of your own home.

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You'll find our game on the CBBC website.

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But, before you check it out, make a note of today's cheat code.

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Happy gaming!

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Back with the lions, Yendi and her cubs are about to be

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released into the big drive-through enclosure.

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For the youngsters, this will be an all-new experience

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and no-one knows how they will react.

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Bob and the other keepers are standing by in their vehicles,

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in case anything goes wrong.

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And here they come. But they stop in the middle of the paddock.

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They don't know where to go next.

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Here comes Mum, she knows the way!

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But the cubs don't follow.

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The cubs are slightly hesitant. They've seen Mum go out

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and they can see the others out, but they haven't quite

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worked out how to get out. There's a great big...

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Oh, here they come!

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But they are still not sure.

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This is as far as they have ever been before.

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One more step and they will be on new territory.

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Eventually, the bravest two venture out.

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But the other two need some more encouragement.

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I'll just go in the paddock and try and edge them out a bit,

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see if that will help.

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Get out!

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Very carefully, Bob drives his vehicle in to try

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and shoo them out.

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But the cubs retreat right into the corner.

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And now, they can see their brother and sister through the fence,

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but can't work out how to join them.

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There is a small gate in this corner,

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but it can only be opened from the other side.

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Is there any chance you could come over to the paddock

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and open this little gate?

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We've got two in here panicking, climbing up the fences and things.

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But when the keeper comes to open the gate, the two cubs scatter.

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This could get serious.

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The cubs must feel cut off and they are starting to panic.

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Don't go away, we'll see what happens very soon.

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In our last series, we got to meet a sea lion pup named Riley,

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when he was just one day old.

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And we were there two days later when he took his first swim.

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Today, I've popped down to see how he is getting on.

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-I brought him a fishy treat! Mark, how are you doing?

-Hi.

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I've come to see Riley. Why aren't we at Sea Lion Beach?

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This is where we have to bring them, to wean them away from their mothers.

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That's why I've brought the treat, then. Look at him!

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He's looking really well! Not you, you're a big one. Who are you?

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-This is Jazz.

-Hi, Jazz! How is Riley getting on?

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He's doing really well.

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He was one of the quickest sea lions to wean.

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He was eating bits of mackerel in two days.

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-How long does it normally take?

-It can take anything up to two weeks.

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What would happen in the wild?

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In the wild, the parents would just give them the cold shoulder,

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and tell them off, push them away.

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So they would have no other choice but to go out

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and find fish for themselves.

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How are Riley and Jazz getting on in here?

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They get on really well.

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They are very sociable animals and they like company.

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It's good for them to play together, especially when we're doing things

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like this. It can make it a bit of a free-for-all.

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What age is Riley now?

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He's just over a year. About a year and two weeks, I think.

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So, one year old and fully weaned, does that make him an adult?

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Definitely not, he's still a child at heart.

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You can tell by the way he messes about.

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It'll be about four to five years before he is classed as an adult.

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Then will he be the size of Buster, or is Buster just something

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else and he's never going to get as big as that?

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It would take at least ten years to get to Buster's size.

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-And a lot of fish.

-A lot of fish.

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OK, Mark, let's get throwing in the fish!

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What's a lamb's favourite place?

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The baath.

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SHE BARKS

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Why don't cheetahs take baths?

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I don't know, why don't they take baths?

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They don't want to be spotless.

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Miaow!

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What kind of fish do soldiers like?

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Swordfish.

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THEY LAUGH

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Here on Roar, we love getting the first shots of a new

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arrival at the park. I'm here with keeper Sarah,

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because she's got something very special to show us.

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Sarah, who is this incredibly cute little guy here?

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This is our new addition. It's a baby spur-thighed tortoise.

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I'm kind of keeping my voice down, should I be? Will I scare it?

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-No, I wouldn't worry too much. I'm sure it's fine.

-He is so cute!

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-How old is he?

-About three or four days. Not very old at all.

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-Is this Mum and Dad we've got here?

-This is Mum, Dawn. And Sid is Dad.

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Mum's a lot bigger than Dad!

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Females get quite a lot bigger than the males,

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so they are probably roughly the same age, but they will keep growing,

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and the females get quite a lot bigger.

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How come the baby isn't with Mum and Dad?

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Would that not naturally happen in the wild?

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In the wild, Mum would lay the eggs, cover them over and just leave them.

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When they hatch, they are completely on their own from the off.

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What's different about a baby than the parents, because that just looks

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like an exact miniature of these guys?

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There are a few things you can notice, it being a baby.

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If you look underneath,

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that tiny little patch here is where it was connected to the egg, inside.

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So, it's connected to the yolk,

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and that's what keeps it alive during the time in the egg.

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It's like the umbilical cord, so to speak?

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Yeah, it's like his belly button.

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When they come out, the egg yolk's absorbed and that's their first meal.

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Gradually, it closes over.

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You can see a white line across here, that's where he was folded over.

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It's quite cramped in the egg and he was folded over and squished in.

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He straightens out in the first few days after hatching.

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-His shell is still quite soft.

-Could I have a very gentle touch?

-Yeah.

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I'm terrible with babies!

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You hold it, please.

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-That is still soft.

-It's not hard yet.

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How long will it be before he has a proper hard shell like Mum and Dad?

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It'll be a few weeks. It'll take a little while

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for it to harden completely.

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He went through incubation, didn't he?

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We take the eggs and put them in an incubator

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because the temperatures of our British summer aren't always steady

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and the eggs need to be kept at a certain temperature all

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the way through, otherwise they won't hatch properly.

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We need a bit of control, that's why we dug the eggs up from where

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she laid them and put them in an incubator.

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How many eggs did she lay? Is this quite a big deal?

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It's quite exciting for me to see a baby tortoise.

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-Is this a big deal for you?

-It's really exciting.

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She laid four eggs in that clutch and we put them all in.

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Hopefully, the others will hatch as well.

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It's always really exciting, you never get tired of it.

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It's one of the best parts of the job.

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Thank you for sharing it with us.

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It's amazing to see this baby tortoise.

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-Will you invite us back when the others hatch?

-Definitely.

-Awesome.

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The Nile crocodile is huge.

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It can grow more than six metres long

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and weigh almost three-quarters of a ton.

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They also have an enormous appetite.

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When they catch their prey,

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these guys can eat up to half their own bodyweight.

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That's like scoffing Johny

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and a whole gang of Ask The Keeper kids put together.

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Back with the lions, two of the cubs have become cut off from the others.

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The gates are open to let them out

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into the big drive-through enclosure,

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but they just can't find their way.

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Just as the two cubs are on the verge of panic,

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here is Mum, Yendi, to the rescue.

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Hopefully, now, Mum will take them all out.

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There's always one, isn't there?

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Bob inches forward and moves the last one along.

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In no time, they are making the most of the big new space.

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So far, so good. Fingers are crossed, I think we can relax a little bit.

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They've been really good,

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the cubs haven't ventured too far away from Mum.

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Now, they've found some of the meat Bob spread round.

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They've never had big bits like this,

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so they don't know what to do with it.

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Luckily, their mum doesn't mind them playing with their food.

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Just as long as they don't play with hers.

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Ouch! Don't worry, lions are tough, even little ones.

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Now, Nilbalo has come out too.

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He's not bothered about being in a new enclosure,

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all he's interested in is getting some of that food.

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We are going to keep a few vehicles in here today, just initially.

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There is a lot for one person to keep an eye on.

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It's going to be a busy old day today.

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Before long, the cubs are too busy playing to get up to mischief.

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And the adults just want to lounge in the sun.

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If only the kids would give them some peace.

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It's almost the end of the show but,

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before we leave, we've found just enough time to meet a man

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with many talons, it's Jimmy from the hawk conservancy.

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-Hi, Jimmy, are you all right?

-Yeah, not too bad.

-Hi, Jimmy.

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We're the ones with lots of talons, because we've got

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these great birds on our arms. You have to tell us what we've got

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on our arms and the difference between their talons.

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-All I can say is, Little and Large.

-Yes!

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This little bird here is an African Lanner Falcon.

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One of the fastest predators on the planet. They can go incredibly quick.

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She's got specially adapted feet for catching birds in the sky,

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because that's what she'd normally feed on in the wild.

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Because she does it at high-speed, she's got little shock absorbers

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under her talons, if you look really closely. Do you see that?

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-Yes. Can I touch?

-Yes.

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-They are really soft.

-Yeah, they are! That's so she can land quietly?

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That's for when she strikes her prey.

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She uses her back talon as a dagger, to strike a bird in the sky.

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And so, she has her own version of shock absorbers underneath.

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With these bright feet, I'm surprised her prey doesn't

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see them and get away.

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Yeah, but she is so quick, she can go over 100 miles per hour.

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That isn't a bird, THIS is a bird.

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Tell us some more about this amazing hawk.

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She's an eagle, so she's a lot bigger than a hawk.

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Eagles are some of the biggest birds in the world.

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She's a North American Bald Eagle.

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Bald is an old English word for white, because when she grows up,

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she will get a white head and a white tail.

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So she's not even fully grown yet?

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She is fully grown, she's a year and a half old, but she'll change

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her plumage, her feathers, when she's about four years old.

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Talk us through her talons.

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She's got massive talons, which are mainly designed for catching fish.

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The undersides of her feet are very rough,

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so she can hold on to the fish.

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Her talons are more curved than this little falcon,

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almost as fishing hooks. She's specially designed for catching fish.

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-So, she loves fish, what does this one love to eat?

-Catching birds.

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-Mainly birds?

-Yes, small birds.

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How big are the birds? Because she's only tiny.

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Similar sort of birds to pigeons. Are you all right?

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-Keep your arm nice and stiff.

-Oh, my goodness! She is massive!

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That's incredible. Thank you. I'm so glad that you're here, Jimmy!

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She's incredibly heavy, I'm finding it hard to hold her up.

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-Be honest, who would win in a fight?

-In a fight, right.

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-Seriously, you're asking that question?

-We all want to know.

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She's the more powerful bird, she's got an amazing amount of power.

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He is a lot quicker.

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He would swallow him whole, but he's fast enough to keep out the way.

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-So he's a lot quicker?

-A lot quicker.

-Who's the better hunter?

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Probably this one, because Bald Eagles scavenge in the wild.

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-So they are a little bit lazier?

-Yeah, a little bit lazier.

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-I think I prefer you.

-I'd love to say the same thing, but my arm is

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about to drop off. Before it does,

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why don't you lot see what's coming up on the next episode of Roar?

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-See you. Can you take him back?

-There you go.

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Next time, we'll see who's smarter,

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the Roar crew or the rhesus macaque monkeys.

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I'll discover the curious charm of the leopard gecko.

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He's so cute and chilled out!

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If you're eating, look away now,

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because the Roar Ranger must tackle the anteaters,

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and they do the pongiest piles of poop in the place.

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Oh, wow!

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The four lion cubs go out to face the public for the first time. Johny meets a tiny baby tortoise whose shell is still soft, while Rani gets her first look at Gertrude the giraffe's three-week-old calf, and catches up with Riley the sea lion youngster now he's learned to look after himself.


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