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Today on Roar...we've got a Tug of War challenge for the lions!

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But it's not fair!

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The cubs want to play, and the grown-ups keep hogging all the fun!

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Ready,

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steady...

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GO!

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Hello and welcome to Roar. I'm Rani!

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And THIS is Johny!

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It's no good, Johny! Cheetahs can run up to 70 miles an hour!

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You'll have to go faster than that to beat them!

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-No, Rani! I can definitely do this! Let's try again!

-All right, then!

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Go!

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Let's get on with today's show.

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Coming up today -

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we're going to Africa to meet the cheetah.

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But they're a threatened species, so what can be done to save them?

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The hippos are the most dangerous animals in the park.

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But are they any match for Croc Cam?

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And the meerkats might watch out for each other,

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but can they help the keeper when we put her on the spot?

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Earlier on in the series, you saw the tigers pull this

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two-and-a-half tonne truck, just with a rope and a piece of log.

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Now, it's the lions' turn. Can they match them?

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Once again, I'm in the truck with keeper Gemma,

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while Deputy Head keeper Bob is doing the driving.

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The park's lions are kept in separate prides.

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We're going to start with the youngsters.

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There are six in this enclosure, and they're all just two years old.

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They're coming, they're coming! Who's this, Gemma? Who's this?

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We've got Henry and Hugo here.

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-Two male lions.

-Yeah.

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That's Henry now.

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No, cos, you know...I don't know the lions as well,

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but look at them all coming!

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It's just unbelievable! Who have we got out here, Gemma?

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At the moment, we've just got the four girls on the actual rope

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and log, and the two boys are just wandering around it.

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All our windows are getting steamed up cos it's a rainy day.

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We can't open the windows because

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there's a pride of lions outside and that's not safe!

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So, we're having to wipe the windows to give you the best view!

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Oh, wow! She's just totally pulling us!

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So, is that you, Bob, or...?

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No, that's definitely them!

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You've got your engine on...

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The engine's on cos they're pulling us uphill,

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so I was just going to make it a little bit fairer, and get it level.

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We want to get somewhere more level so they can have a good pull.

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But they're not letting us go, so Bob's got the engine on to move us,

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but, erm, they came out fast, and they want to play fast!

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The female, now. Who's she?

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This is Kimya.

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Look at her go! Look at the way they crouch!

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It's the power in the back legs, isn't it?

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This is proper Tug of War, so we've got us in the truck trying to move

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to get somewhere safe, so the lions have a good pull, and the lions

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pulling us back because they're like, "We are playing with this!"

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As long as she lets go, I'll be all right,

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but obviously, as soon as they see any movement,

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that's what attracts them to it, and they're going to basically hunt it.

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Oh, no, no! Here they come!

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OK, what kind of speed are we going?

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It's round about 15 at the moment.

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No problem. They're just batting the log with their paws

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every time they get close.

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-They're just having a bit of a play, now.

-Hee-hee-hee!

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Oh, no! Oh, no!

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Oh, man! Bob, you are missing a great sight back here!

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We've got four lionesses running after this log.

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And they just look amazing, don't they?

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But these guys aren't the only lions in the park,

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so they're going to have to share their new toy.

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Stay tuned, cos later on we'll be going in with

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the biggest pride in the place.

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And then we'll see if the cubs want a Tug of War!

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The park is famous for their lions...

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..and their tigers.

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But now here's a big cat they haven't got...yet.

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This is the fastest land animal on Earth.

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It can accelerate from zero to 60 in three seconds,

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and reach a top speed of over 70 miles per hour.

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This is the cheetah!

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They may be awesome, but the cheetah is also a threatened species.

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There are fewer than 13,000 left in the wild, and the number is falling.

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So now, the safari park is about to make an important contribution

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to the survival of the cheetah.

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Their head of animals, John Cracknell,

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has just flown 9,000 kilometres to South Africa.

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He's on a mission to pick out

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six cheetah who need new homes, and bring them back to Britain.

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Cheetah are cats that really need zoos working together to

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look after them for the future.

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When an animal is threatened in the wild, it's a good idea to

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spread a few of them around the world in safe breeding groups.

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It's like an insurance policy for the species.

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If you had all your cheetah in one place, disease, fire, injury,

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something like that could wipe them all out.

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To help John find the right cheetahs,

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he's met up with top wildlife vet, Dr Charles Van Niekerk.

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I'm a veterinarian that's involved with wildlife.

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I work with a very diverse range of species.

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He's done a lot of work with cheetahs,

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and knows only too well the problems they face in some parts of Africa.

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The commercial game farmer sees a cheetah as competition,

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and what you find is that they persecute them.

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They're shot on sight.

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They are considered in some countries as vermin.

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As a species, they are threatened.

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Charles and John are on their way to a centre that has

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over 30 cheetahs who need new homes.

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At the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre,

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they not only breed cheetahs,

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but also take in rescued orphan cubs and injured animals.

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The ones that had to be hand-reared often become quite tame.

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They specialise in cheetah, but there are all sorts of

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other creatures here, too.

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John and Charles meet up with Christo Schreiber from the centre,

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to join in with the morning feed round.

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It's a good way to see all the cheetahs,

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so they can pick six to bring back to Britain.

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The animals here are in large, separate enclosures

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that are spread out over a couple of miles.

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These are African hunting dogs, and they're an endangered species too.

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But now they've come to the first cheetahs.

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And they seem to be hungry.

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Their meat has been carefully weighed out and prepared.

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They each get about three and a half kilograms of meat,

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and we also add a special supplement for those extra nutritions.

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The best thing about seeing them at feeding time is that John can get

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a good close-up look.

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This is amazing. Just seeing how they interact,

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what their appetites are like.

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Just seeing their interest in the food

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and they're behaving as they should do.

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It's an important part of just having a look at

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how these animals are and how they're behaving.

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John can get a close look here, but later on he's going to get

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even closer, as he tries to pick six to bring back to the park.

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Of all the furry creatures in the world,

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the furriest is the sea otter.

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To keep them warm in the cold ocean, they have extremely dense fur.

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So, while we have about 350 hairs per square centimetre on our heads,

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sea otters have up to 125,000!

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That's about 800 million hairs on an adult animal.

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How soft would THEY be to cuddle?

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Here on Roar, we're always trying to find new ways to get close to

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the animals, and to capture exciting angles on their natural behaviour.

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We've put cameras in some unusual places,

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and tested the animals with some rather strange toys.

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But now, we're ready to take on the biggest challenge yet.

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To get close-up shots of the park's most elusive

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and dangerous creatures.

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Spot and Sonia, the hippos.

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To do that, we're going to have to come up with

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something pretty clever!

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I've come to see what the team are cooking up this time.

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I'm here with Jamie, who comes up with brilliant ideas.

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-All right, Jamie?

-How you doing, Johny?

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What have we got planned here, then?

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Well, this is in fact Croc Cam. It's not at the moment, but it will be!

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-This is the idea here.

-OK, let's have a look.

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We're going to take a boat, cut the top off that boat,

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and we're going to put it on the crocodile head that we've made.

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So, what I've done is, I've got some insulating foam,

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which you'd find just in your house, stuck that together and then

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I've sculpted it back, but I need your help today to put some clay on.

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OK, so that's where I come in. You've done all the hard work,

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and I just look good putting some clay on the head!

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-OK, where do I start?

-Grab some clay out of that bag,

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what I need your help with, if I just move this forward...

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-if I get some as well.

-Go on, then. Go for it, I'll move round here.

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Basically, you're making a long sausage.

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So, we're going to make that now. So, make a sausage on the table.

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So, you guys at home see all the fun that we have on Roar,

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but actually, look at that! This is all the thought that goes into

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the things that we do here! And it's thanks to

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people like Jamie, who works very hard behind the scenes.

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Man of many talents! So have we any idea, Jamie,

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how the hippos might react to seeing this crocodile in the water?

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Er...no! We have no idea how they're going to react.

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So why don't you join us later on and see how Robo-Croc gets on!

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How do you know if your cat has swallowed a duckling?

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Cos it has the down-in-the-mouth look!

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Oo-oo-ah-ah-oo-oo!

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What team do snakes support?

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I don't know.

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Slither-pool!

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Two birds sit on a perch. One says to the other, "Do you smell fish?"

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It's Ask the Keeper time, and I've got five inquisitive young

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minds ready to grill keeper Becky about the marvellous meerkat.

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-But the big question is, Becky, are you ready?

-No!

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You're not! You'll have to be, because we're ready!

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Guys, who's got a question for Becky? Go on, Abbie!

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How long can they go without eating?

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Pretty much, they dig and look for food all day.

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They're always looking for food, but there is always one on lookout,

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and they can stay up there to over an hour, so he won't eat.

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What do meerkats eat?

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We feed ours mealworms, cat biscuit, peanuts and chicks.

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In the wild, it would be small mammals, small reptiles.

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Erm, eggs, they love eggs. But also scorpions, they quite like as well.

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That's what they eat.

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How fast can they run?

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Very fast. When they want to, they will run very fast,

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especially cos of birds and that coming down in the wild.

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They want to get away so they don't get eaten.

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Are they timid?

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They are very inquisitive, so they want to know what's going on.

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And, can I just ask, what are they doing?

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They're dying to get into that green thing!

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Yeah, it's a plant pot, but underneath is some of their food.

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We bury it for them, so they have to look for it and dig for it.

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I think they've pretty much got in. There's one underneath.

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Look at that cheeky one underneath! OK, any other questions?

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Does their tail help them to balance when they stand on their back legs?

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Their tail is used as a balance. So when they can stand straight up,

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they're leaning on their tail a bit, otherwise they might topple over!

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What's the tallest they can grow to?

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About 30 centimetres, so like your school rulers.

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That size when they're fully stood up.

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Look at you, Becky. You think you've got this all sussed.

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Well, we've got one more trick up our sleeves, because it's time...

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for the killer question!

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Come on, guys.

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WHISPER WHISPER

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Look at this. I think Becky's sent the meerkats in to spy!

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Come on, guys, whoa!

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Yeah!

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Oh, yeah!

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We're ready, but are you? OK, here we go, Becky!

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Where does the word "meerkat" come from?

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It means "marsh cat."

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It's, erm, an African term.

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Becky...I have to say, you're completely correct!

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It does mean "marsh cat" and it's an Afrikaans term, so it is African.

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What d'you reckon, guys? Thumbs up or thumbs down for Becky?

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Thumbs up all round!

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-Thank you!

-You're very relieved.

-I am!

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Earlier on, we took our rope challenge into a pride of lions.

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They played with it, they've pulled us uphill.

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But now, Part Two, the second pride of lions.

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It's bigger, but is it stronger?

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What is different about this pride, Gemma?

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It's larger, and they're older,

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so they're much bigger and they're stronger.

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Ah, you say older, you've got your cubs here!

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With the cubs there, it's such a beautiful sight.

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Like, before I was like, "Oh, I'm really scared!"

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But now, I'm like, "Oh, they're so cute!"

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She's just seeing this as a toy! She's off!

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The cub's trying to get her down!

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A-a-aow!

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I think there's a bit of confusion in this pride

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on exactly what they're supposed to be doing.

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Hopefully, they should be able to pull us, now.

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We're in a good position. It's reasonably level.

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It will be on grass, but hopefully, if they work together,

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it seems like the cub's trying to help as well, look.

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Yeah, I don't know if that cub's helping too much!

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Yeah, hindering maybe!

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Ha-ha-ha! I love watching the cubs just climbing all over the adult.

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-Cos this is what normally happens.

-Yeah, the cubs play with the adults,

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and all the adults will let them pull their tails,

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just climb over them. Cos the whole pride

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will look after all the cubs.

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I've got to say, it looks quite painful, though!

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They have got sharp claws and teeth,

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even though they're sort of 16 weeks old.

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-Not as interested, are they?

-Not interested in pulling the truck,

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they're more interested in playing with it and playing

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in between each other with it.

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Is that, maybe, something with their age?

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Cos they're older, they don't want to play as much?

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A few of them have been interested in playing,

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but I think they just get, sort of, they give up easier.

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So, Gemma, which lioness is that that just will not

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-let go of the rope?

-That's Jazeera, she's about seven

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so she's still quite playful.

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So Bob, what d'you think about the difference between the two prides?

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Well, I think the main difference being the first party were

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a lot younger, more inquisitive.

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This pride, a lot older, wiser,

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can't see the point in trying to kill a piece of rope!

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But I've got to say, they've both been amazing to watch.

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But for me, just seeing those cubs is going to be a winner every time!

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If you've been playing the Roar game

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on the CBBC website,

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you'll know that the trick to making the most of your park is to

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get all the cheat codes you can.

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Today, it's...

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We give out a new cheat code on every episode of Roar.

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So, don't miss a show, and happy gaming!

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Despite being strict vegetarians, hippos are absolutely deadly!

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Out in Africa,

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more people are killed every year by hippos than by lions!

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They overturn boats and crush people, mainly by accident,

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though they can be aggressive too.

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Spot and Sonia have been living here in the lake for over 35 years,

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and the only ones who dare go close are the sea lions,

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who like to sit on them.

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But now, we've come out on the boat with keeper Mark Tye,

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and a cunning plan to get some close-up shots.

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Now, there's a lot of nervous tension in the air on Roar today,

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because that over there that we just saw is a hippo

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submerged in the water, and it's time to unleash Croc Cam

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to try and get an amazing shot of the hippos.

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-I'm here with head keeper, Mark. How are you feeling about this?

-Good.

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-Are you up for it?

-Yeah, it'll be fun!

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Yes, it's Croc Cam, our latest invention is now finished.

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Underneath the crocodile's head, there's a radio-controlled boat,

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while on top is one of our little spy cameras.

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So, we've got Croc Cam in the water.

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There's a hippo just over there, and I'm going to head over and

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hopefully get an amazing, exclusive Roar shot of a hippo close up.

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OK, so Mark, can you see where the hippo's gone?

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Well, there's bubbles to the left. You're probably just on top of her!

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The hippos have completely disappeared. Out in the wild,

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if they don't like the look of something, they just go underwater.

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And they can hold their breath for over five minutes!

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Now, we've got a crocodile here. Would a hippo be scared of a croc?

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Would they ever come across each other in the wild?

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Yes, they would come across each other.

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And a crocodile would prey on a young hippo, particularly.

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So they would be aware of them, but our two haven't ever seen one before!

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I don't want to lose Croc Cam here!

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I'm going really near that little corner!

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-And there's one right there!

-There is one right, just underneath!

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D'you think the hippos are a little nervous now, or waiting to pounce?

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Well, they're obviously nervous which is why they've gone under.

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Their concealment is to hide...

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There's one right there! You're practically on top of it!

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Have you ever had anything this close to a hippo before?

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I think it just knocked it, I think I'm right on top of the hippo!

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I think you are, yeah. No, they wouldn't have had anything

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this close to them other than the sea lions.

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You know, Croc Cam just took a little knock underneath

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and now it's stopped working! Yeah, I've lost control...

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of Croc Cam.

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Croc Cam has stopped working because the hippo has given it a knock.

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-We can see some bubbles coming up.

-Yeah...

-Is that the...?

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..very close to us. There's one going off there, look.

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Yeah, you can see some... this is really nerve wracking!

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These bubbles here are a giant hippo.

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I mean, just how big are these guys?

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Really big, you know, two-and-a-half to three tonnes.

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They are a big pair of girls, these two.

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So, it's lucky we're in a big boat,

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and just when we thought it was a hippo no-show,

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they've surfaced 10 metres away, heading off across the lake.

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Croc Cam, however, is still dead in the water!

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Oh well, back to the drawing board!

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Back in South Africa, John, the park's head of animals,

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is still looking for six cheetahs to bring back home.

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The idea is to start a new breeding group.

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How we break down that group is what we'll look at today.

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We were looking at two males and four females,

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but probably it's going to be better with three males and three females.

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Here at the Endangered Species Centre,

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all the cheetah have been either bred in captivity or were

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rescued as injured or orphaned animals.

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There are over 30 waiting to find new homes.

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To help them pick the right ones, John is going round with

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Christo from the centre, and wildlife vet Charles.

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-All right, Chris, this is...?

-Meg.

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Yeah, how old is she?

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She was born in 2007.

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Is she on her own in this camp?

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She was with her sister, but she's already been relocated.

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She looks a nice animal. She's in good condition, actually.

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-Was she hand-raised, or...?

-She was.

-She's been hand-raised, OK.

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The cheetahs that come to the park will need to be calm around people,

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so that they don't get freaked out by all the visitors there.

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And the best way to find out what Meg's really like is

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to go right inside the enclosure with her.

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Erm, she's actually quite relaxed with us here, isn't she?

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They don't get much calmer than this.

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Meg is just the sort they're looking for!

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Coming out here and seeing the set-up here and just seeing

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what can really be done, I think it's a really exciting time.

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Meg looks good, but there are lots more cheetahs to see.

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Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on!

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Some are too young...

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some too old...

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and some too wild!

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She'll let you go up close to her, but only if it's just one of us.

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If it's just you, I think she'll...

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But he's now seen all the candidates!

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Cheetah are amazing!

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Just look at them. There's one down here, six feet away from us,

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and absolutely calm as anything, but look at the animal.

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They're beautiful, beautiful creatures. Absolutely amazing.

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As the day draws to a close, John has a lot to think about.

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And everyone is looking forward to the next step.

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The kind of project that we really like to be involved with.

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They're going to Longleat where they'll be looked after

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as they're looked after here, and will contribute to

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the bigger picture of cheetah conservation.

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Later in the series, we'll be back in Africa,

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to follow the action when the six cheetah set out on

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the long journey to their new life at the park.

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

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we've found just enough time to help Deputy Head of Section Ryan,

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clean up some monkey mess. We've prepared for the worst, Ryan!

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Oh no, Ryan! Gloves, poo! How many monkeys have we got out here?

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Er, we've got around about 110, 120 monkeys.

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This is a lot of poo to clean up!

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-Er, well luckily it's not poo, Rani...

-Yes!

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It's, er, it's going to be cartering.

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Wipers, the rubbers around the door seals, things like that.

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Why do they love it so much?

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They're intelligent, inquisitive,

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they've got very dexterous hands...

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They're naughty, they're mischievous!

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They love to explore, it's fun riding around on the cars.

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-They get a reaction...

-Got to ask, though, Ryan,

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is it a bit of a rarity to find these pieces of car, car bits? No!

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You can tell by my reaction! No, every single day,

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we're coming in here and picking up maybe 40, 50 pieces of trim.

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Imagine the lost property...!

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It looks like we've got a lot of work to do,

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and while me and Rani clean up the monkeys' mess,

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

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Is that a wheel?!

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There's funny business afoot.

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We find out why the meerkats go mad for painted toenails!

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The Roar Ranger is in for a surprise

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when he has to land a bird with a wingspan that's bigger than him!

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It's Africa's biggest owl!

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And we'll be trying to catch the master criminal who keeps

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letting the animals out of the farmyard exhibit.

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The prime suspect is Arthur!

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He may be a pig, but he's looking a bit sheepish!

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The team present a special report following the park's Head of Animals as he goes to South Africa to look for six cheetahs who might need a new home.

Meanwhile, the kids are out to catch the keeper napping when they want answers about the meerkats.


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