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Coming up today - our Roar Ranger may be a karate expert,
but will he hold his nerve when he meets the tigers?
Are you sure we're safe? Cos the tiger looks very, very hungry.
Hello and welcome to Roar. I'm Johny.
And I'm Rani, and these guys are the park's wonderful millipedes.
"I'm so cute, I'm so cute."
I don't know about that but with hem being multi-legged,
they actually have the biggest enclosure here in the park.
-Is that true, Johny?
-Where else would they store all their shoes?
While I give him the boot, let's get on with today's show. Really!
On Roar today, we'll be trying a big experiment.
Camels are losing their winter coats,
so which animal might like some second-hand fur?
Not the monkeys, surely!
We've followed them from when they were just born,
we've watched them grow up
and now the cubs are out playing with the rest of the pride.
And there's strange things happening down in the bat cave.
Will the bats go mad for their fruity kebabs?
But first, to be a Roar Ranger takes courage and bravery.
So it's just as well that 11-year-old Tai
is a karate expert.
I am ready.
Come on, Tai, it's time to get changed.
So what animals are you hoping to see today?
Above all, I'd like to see the big cats
because they're full of energy like me.
Big cats? Let's see, shall we?
We're giving Tai two clues to guess today's animal.
Clue number one - a tie.
Clue number two - an enormous football.
Looks like a football.
Doesn't bounce like a football.
Hmm, claw marks. Could they be beak marks?
-And what about clue number two?
Tie, tie... tiger! Please be a tiger!
Let's see if he's right.
-He is. I think he's happy.
Tai is going to be working with his favourite animal - the Amur tiger.
The largest of all the big cats was once found right across Asia
But after years of hunting,
the Amur is found only in a small part of far-eastern Russia.
Tai's first job today is to meet keeper Bob Trollope.
-Hi, I'm Tai.
-Hi, I'm Bob, deputy head of the section of the big cats.
I need your hand
to set up some enrichment that we're going to be doing.
Cats, even tigers, are very curious,
so the keepers are always dreaming up ways
to keep them interested and challenged.
I reckon you ought to put these on.
Today, Bob and Tai are going to be preparing
some of the tigers' favourite treats. On the menu today -
small pieces of chopped meat...
..an enormous plastic football
and a bagful of stinky rhino poo.
If you can smear some meat all over that ball there.
Wow! Smear it all over there, get it nice and gooey.
-It's got blood on it.
-That looks suitably grimy, doesn't it? What do you think?
Next on the job list is that big bag of rhino poo.
-Open it up. Tip it out on that block.
Stick it straight in here. Both hands.
Don't want to see one bit on that board.
Having filled it full of poo,
Bob needs Tai to make sure that all the juicy smell covers the bag.
I don't like rhinos that much any more.
That's not really fair on the rhinos, is it?
Look at all that juice coming out, that's good.
The treats are ready, the van loaded -
all we need now are some tigers.
Join us later in the show to see what happens
when Tai comes face to face with four hungry tigers.
African elephants have enormous ears
which are really useful to help keep them cool.
The ears are thin and full of blood vessels,
so by flapping them around, they can cool their blood down and chill.
ALL: Now you know!
'Now, throughout this series of Roar,
'we've been following the story of the four gorgeous lion cubs.
'We first saw them when they were just a few days old
'and we've been filming them ever since.
'I've already been up to feed the little ones...'
Oh, yes, I just love this job!
'..and today I'm back to help again.'
Gemma, what are we doing today with Yendi and the four amazing cubs
that I just love?
We're going to let them out into the compound with the rest of the pride,
-with their daddy.
So, every morning do they get out and have a run-around? What happens?
Yeah. We let them out
into the compound first, so they have a run-around.
-Then we put them into the bigger enclosure.
we've got Mum here, Yendi,
but you're going to have to remind me of the cubs' names.
-We have Klaus, the only boy in the group.
And then we got Eva, Tana and Kiana.
I love just looking at them sitting there next to Mum.
Tell us how we're going to do this, cos I'm getting to help.
What we do is we open the small slider.
-So, if you want to pull that metal slider out.
-Oh, it's quite tough.
It's quite tough. There we go.
-Come on out.
-Does Mum always lead the way?
Yes, mostly, yes. So they know where to go.
They'll mostly follow her where she tells them to.
Let's have a look at them coming down here.
Look at that! It's such a great sight to see!
And then we'll open this big slider
so they can actually go into the compound.
When you see them next to Mum like that, they look little.
Even though you think they're...
Oh, listen to their little... "Meow, meow."
So, if you want to pull this. It's quite stiff,
so you have to really yank it.
There is Mum, there's Bro. All the cubs through?
And then, if we close it quickly, so they don't come back in...
Oh, gosh, they just look so cute out there!
I like the way they're padding along and walking.
But do the little ones annoy the rest of the lionesses
or do they quite like having them around?
I think the quite like having them around...to a point.
Once the cubs climb over them, bite their tails
and sort of try and play with them too much,
they'll let them know that they've had enough.
Have you found, since you've had the cubs,
the rest of the pride is more protective?
Yes, they are. A whole pride will look after every cub
so that if the mum wants to go off and hunt,
another lion in the pride will look after those cubs
-while the mum goes off.
-Well, that's nice.
The mum gets a bit of a break then, someone to baby-sit.
And the cubs are still weaning. Will they do that out here?
Are they always close to Mum?
-In about eight to ten months, they'll be weaned off.
So, in the main enclosure, they will go off and play,
but when they want some mummy attention, they'll run back to her.
OK, a question for you, Gemma, though. With cubs,
little ones tend to be a bit of a handful, can be a little naughty.
Is it hard to get them back in in the evening?
No, Mum will call them back in and they'll all run after Mum.
So, it's pretty easy.
Really cute cubs and well behaved. Gemma, I would love to see that.
Maybe one day I can come back and help you get them
-back in the enclosure?
-I'll hold you to that.
-Oh, I like it!
# Ole, ole, ole, ole. #
All around the park, the animals are enjoying warm weather.
# Feeling hot, hot, hot!
# Feeling hot, hot, hot! #
All of them that is, except for this lot, the Bactrian camels.
Summer for these camels means something embarrassing.
A bad-hair day that goes on for weeks.
As they begin to moult their winter coat,
they really don't look their best.
But keeper Ryan Hockley still loves them.
In their natural habitat of Mongolia, places like that,
they have to put up with real extremes in temperatures.
So, in wintertime, the temperature could be going down as low
as between minus 10 and minus 20,
so they need a really big, thick, warm coat.
And then, unfortunately for them, in the summertime,
the temperature really picks up
and it can get as high as between 30 and 40 degrees.
And they have to shed that really thick coat,
because they would literally just boil under there if they didn't.
It just leaves them looking very sort of wispy.
To save the camels from further embarrassment,
the keepers help remove some of the particularly scruffy bits of fur.
When you start to see the camel fur on the ground,
that means it's sort of getting ready to come off.
So, quite often you can come up to somebody like Justin here
and just literally rake your fingers down his body.
And you'll get armfuls off.
But you'll hit patches like this one here on the back of his head,
which is just sort of dreadlocked in a little bit,
so that will take longer to come off.
Eventually, over the course of the summer,
the whole thing will come off
and he'll look like an old bald tennis ball.
It's not a good look for the camels, but they have to put up with it
until their fresh winter coat starts to grow.
But nothing goes to waste,
and Ryan reckons there's another group of animals here
that will go mad for a fur coat.
We like to take it to the monkey jungle and we give it to the monkeys.
Hopefully, you'll see in a minute exactly what happens in there.
I hope today that the monkeys don't let us down.
This will be a first for us on Roar, so join us later
to see what the hooligans make of the camels' old coats.
Trust me, you will want to miss this.
Back up at the Big Cats, Roar Ranger Tai and keeper Bob
are heading deep into the tiger enclosure
with three of their favourite treats.
-Bob, I'm really excited.
The park is full of Amur tigers -
sisters Soundari, Shouri and Svetli
and the new male, Turlough.
Turlough's enormous body weighs nearly 400 kilograms.
That's around ten times heavier than Tai.
First one to spot a tiger.
Oh, yeah, there!
Bob and Tai are parking up next to the tigers' pool
to give them their treats.
I didn't realise tigers were this big,
I've never seen one up close before.
Are you sure we're safe? Because the tiger looks very, very hungry.
We are very, very safe
as long as we stay in the vehicle. Don't do anything silly.
If you pass me that ball,
we'll check it out and see Soundari wants to play, all right?
Let's see what she does. Go on!
Visitors should never open their windows in the big cat areas.
Bob has worked with these animals for many years,
so he knows what is safe and what is not.
She's going for my football!
There's one of them playing with the football.
That's great, isn't it? Look!
Why we use the football and smear it with all that slimy stuff is...
because they can't get up, because it's so thick, solid plastic,
they have to work it, move it around to get the meat out.
Next up, pieces of meat.
They kind of put their head in a bit
-and then use their paw to, like, feed it into their mouths.
the big male, he actually sticks his head way under sometimes.
Yeah, I just saw him.
And, like most cats, tigers actually like water.
Why do we throw the meat into the water?
Well, on a hot day like this, it encourages them to go into the water.
Because sometimes they just lay in the shade and cool down that way.
But this way, they cool down a lot quicker.
I never thought I'd be able to get so close to the tigers.
It's so amazing!
The tigers have loved their first two treats,
but there's still that gooey bag of rhino poo to try.
Will they turn their nose up at that? We'll be back later to see.
What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
-Why don't elephants go swimming?
Because they can keep their trunks up.
Where do werewolves stay when they're on holiday?
At the Howler-day Inns.
# Batman! #
Look at the colours on that, so succulent and ripe.
I'm so ready for this. It's so refreshing.
Johny! What are you doing?
I was just going to eat some of those lovely fruit, Alexa,
-is that cool?
-This is for our Egyptian fruit bats.
You're going to help me pop them on the kebabs.
I forgot. I always miss out on the good stuff!
The bats get all the best stuff! OK, well,
what have we got here?
I know we've got some lovely melon that I wanted to eat.
And what's this?
-This is a lovely, ripe fig.
And we've also got apricots, dates, avocado, all lovely,
yummy fruit for our bats.
That seems a bit extravagant for some bats.
They're not just any bats, they're lovely bats. We like to spoil them.
They are fruit bats, so you've got to give them some nice fruit.
So, what are we going to do with them?
-We're just popping them on the skewers here.
So we're making these nice fruity kebabs,
which I understand they like. They're going to love this.
But why are we putting it on this strange contraption?
In fact, what is that?
This is our simulated tree.
-Because it's not ideal to take a whole tree in there for the bats.
We do put flowers and things in there for them.
But this is lovely, because we've got it on a spinning system, so it moves.
It's different for them, different things for them to experience.
-It's a moving feeding station.
-So where are we going to hang this?
Once we've got the rest of the skewers done,
we'll pop it inside and, hopefully, they'll all fly around to it.
Join us later on in the show to see what the bats make
of their fruity climbing frame and their juicy kebabs.
Are you playing the Roar game on the CBBC website?
Each day we give you a cheat code that unlocks treats,
new animals or even new enclosures. Today, it's...
Type that in and see what it gives you. Happy gaming!
Now, were going back up to monkey jungle
because keeper Ryan is about to drop off the old camel fur the macaques.
I'm just going to spread a few bits of this camel fur
that we've collected around.
Then, hopefully, the monkeys will come over
and just have a good muck around with it
and make monkeys out of themselves.
These guys are really inquisitive and playful.
So, it doesn't take long before the first one comes over to investigate.
It's like a box of dressing-up clothes has arrived.
Anyone for a wig?
How about a cloak?
You can safely say that the monkeys definitely enjoy
playing around with the camel fur.
90% of it is just that.
It's the whole pulling it apart, putting it on their head,
wrapping around themselves,
completely blinding themselves with it and running off
and bumping into somebody else.
There's a lot of silliness that goes on.
It's not all monkeying around, there's another reason
why they love the camel fur.
You can see a lot of the females, in particular,
seem to pick through it and groom it
as if they were grooming another monkey.
There will be bugs and ticks and things like that in the fur,
so it's also a jackpot in a food sense.
The monkeys have stolen the show with their camel fur fashion antics
but, for the keepers,
there's going to be a big clean-up operation to do later.
That's what we have to do at the end of the day anyway with them.
We're always tidying up at the end of the day.
If it isn't camel fur then it's wing mirrors, number plates,
aerials, rubber strips.
It'll be a nice change to pick something up
that doesn't belong to a car.
But for now, it's just all about looking daft.
And let's face it, that's what this lot do best.
Earlier on in the show,
myself and Alexa put some lovely fruit kebabs on this fruity frame.
Now we've got some very hungry,
interested customers. They're all hanging about, aren't they?
-Where we going to hang it?
-Just right above our heads, on the cargo net here.
Look at this.
Now, aren't bats usually quite timid animals?
Isn't this quite amazing that they're coming so close?
Our guys are really used to public walking through here all the day.
So it's really nice for them to have humans near them,
so they can interact with us.
It's all part of the enrichment that we can give them
and then the enrichment that they give us,
just by walking through. So you can see them lovely and close.
It's so nice to see them close. You know what?
Bats, you think of them as being a bit scary,
but they're actually really cute, aren't they?
Look at those big eyes.
I think so. I'm biased, because I love them to pieces.
They're coming over. Why have they come over?
Is it the smell? The sight?
How do they know that this fruit's here and that it's for them?
Definitely. It's a bit of both, a bit of everything.
They have fab eyesight. You can see, they've got lovely, big eyes
for letting all the light in. They can see us,
they can see the colours in the fruit.
It's also the smells. They've very lovely, big noses.
They're getting all the smell in there as well.
Do they ever fight over the food?
A little bit. It's an all-male group that we keep,
so there's no girlfriends to fight over.
So it is food they fight over.
There's always plenty to go round but it's safety in numbers,
so they'll quite often all group on one bit,
finish that and then group onto another bit
-and squabble at the same time.
I thought, "I wonder if they'll be able to climb this tree,"
but if we look closely...
-Are they the thumbs you were talking about?
They've got a thumb in their forefingers.
The thumbs are very dexterous. They have a little nail on the end.
They'll use those to grip into things
and also help rip open the fleshy fruit.
And, essentially, I remember from last year,
their wings are really large hands.
These fleshy bits are really big so that they can fly.
Yeah, pretty much. If we were to be able to fly like them,
not only we have to be at the gym a lot
to build up our chest muscles,
but our fingers would have to be seven foot long
to be able to support our own body weight.
Wow, that's incredible!
'Seven foot! That's over two metres long.'
Just one more thing, Alexa, I've just seen...
-Look at his little ears moving here. You see the little ears?
Have they got a good sense of hearing, bats?
Their hearing is absolutely incredible, it's top-notch.
Because they're sending out echoes,
echolocation to find their way around,
if he sends out a little echo, he can then hear it back.
We can just about hear it as they're flying.
It's a little ticking sound.
If you ever see bats in your garden, you'd be very lucky to hear it.
Because they're chasing insects,
their echolocation is almost ultrasonic, really high-pitched,
-so the bugs can't hear it.
-You know what, Alexa?
They are incredible animals and think they deserve
their fruity treats, but they're making it look tasty.
Have you got any left over for me?
-I'm sure we can find something, Johny.
In tiger territory,
our brave Roar Ranger Tai has been helping keeper Bob
give the tigers some treats today.
So far, they've loved the football and gone dunking for meat chunks.
All that's left now is a smelly bag of rhino poo.
You know they like the ball...
-..and you know they like the meat.
-So we'll see what they're like with the poo.
Big male Turlough is straight over to inspect the bag.
-He ran off with it.
-Where's he going with that bag of poo?
Bob moves the truck to get a better view.
I can't believe he put the poo in his mouth.
Turlough has taken the bag of rhino poo
and is keeping it from the girls.
Listen to that growling.
-Bob, why do we use rhino poo?
Because it's nice and smelly and they love smelly things.
In the wild, tigers would naturally come across new smells
every single day.
Using the strong smell of rhino poo
helps to recreate this in their enclosure.
That's all for the enrichment. What do you reckon they liked the best?
I think, altogether, all of them liked the meat best.
Turlough, individually, I think he liked the bag of poo.
Yeah, I reckon you're right.
With Turlough left to enjoy his favourite treat,
it's time for Bob and Tai to leave the enclosure
and reflect on the day's work.
I think he did exceptionally well with the rhino poo and the bag.
That's a smelly old job.
When that tiger came up to the window,
it was like it was going to climb in. I wasn't scared,
but I was a bit scared.
I think he would make a very good keeper. He doesn't mind
getting his hands dirty, that's a good sign.
If I were a tiger keeper and I had to chop up a meat every day
and do the poo every day, I'd probably get used to it.
Now, we are nearly at the end of today's show,
but because these pygmy goats are so cool,
we thought we'd fit in a little "bleat" more.
-Rani, that was an un-bleat-ably bad joke.
Beth, save us from ourselves. What have we got planned?
Really, just feeding the goats a bit of browse,
-if that's all right, Johny?
-Right. Now, before we go any further,
I know you're having some issues with at least one
of the goats in there.
Yes. We've got a very naughty goat. She's called Bubble.
And she does have issues with people and sometimes likes to head-butt
-a few ankles.
So it's not necessarily safe for everybody to come in,
because she gets a bit wound up.
So who is it safe for to go into the enclosure?
-Shall we say Johny today?
-I think that's a very good idea, Beth.
Shall we say Johny?
I'm up for this, because I worked with Bubble before.
She attacked the sound man, she attacked the cameraman,
she attacked our director.
But she was all right with me.
-So I think I'll be all right.
-What should he take in?
We need all of that browse.
Can you lift that? Which one is Bubble?
She's the little, small, ginger...
-The small one?!
-Just down here.
But, I think, to be honest, with browse and everything,
-she's going to be distracted.
-Beth, you should leave Johny to it.
-How many goats have you got in here?
-We've got 17.
-They do tend to fight amongst each other, don't they?
That's the goating way though. That's how they get along.
That's why they tend to have horns. It's a goat thing.
-They've got to head-butt.
-You all right, Johny?
-Yeah, but who's the boss in here?
-I would say Lily. This lovely one.
I'm on Lily's side, to protect me from Bubble.
-I'm onto my last piece, guys, have I done all right?
-Can I come out?
-I don't know.
-I thought we were going to make him stroke Bubble.
-I'm joking, Johny, come out.
-Listen, you're joking, but she's right here.
I see no problems. I tell you, me and Bubble, we're like that.
-You all right?
-Did you check that deodorant's still working?
Tell you what, Beth, you have any more problems with Bubble,
-you're calling me.
I think we've got a good relationship.
I'm sorry to butt in this conversation,
but it's time for us to leave you.
Check out what's coming up on the next episode of Roar.
Next time, something spooks the pride of lions.
There's an intruder in their territory.
Will it escape
or will it be cat food?
Is that a monkey or a moustache?
Caesar and Tiberius, the Emperor tamarins, are coming to the park.
But will they pass their food exams?
And all aboard!
Me and the gang are sailing on the country's most dangerously lake
to quiz a keeper about hippos, sea lions and gorillas.
That's all next time on Roar. Don't miss it!
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The camels are moulting their winter hair, so it's fur coats all round for the mischevious monkeys.
The Roar Ranger may be a karate expert - but will he hold his nerve when he meets the tigers? The lion cubs are heading out into the paddock for another day of menacing Dad and the rest of the pride.