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On Roar today. Something has spooked the pride of lions.

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There's an intruder in their territory.

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Will it escape or will it be cat food?

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Squeak, squeak.

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

-And I'm Johny.

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Sorry, we're just having a quick game of cards, here.

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-Yes, I win! Snap. Yes.

-There's no way... You are such a cheater.

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Rani, I'm not a cheater. That's a cheetah.

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-He's got a point. Let's get on with today's show.

-I still won, though.

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There'll be no cheating on today's Roar

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because royalty has arrived at Monkey Temple.

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Caesar and Tiberius, the emperor tamarins.

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But can they pass their exams?

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The cheetah have some learning to do too,

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-as I'll be helping with the stick feed. Wow!

-You can see their claws.

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Look at their claws, how long they are.

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And all aboard!

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Me and the gang are sailing on the country's most dangerous lake

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to quiz a keeper about hippos, sea lions and gorillas.

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We're going to get him with this one. Ha-ha-ha!

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I'm here in the big cats section of the park and I'm really excited

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because keeper Stu has a special delivery for me.

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-Hiya, Stu, you all right?

-All right.

-Good to see you.

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So, I'm guessing that it's a nice, big cake to thank me

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for all my work on Roar.

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Well, it could well be, Johny, but I'm not sure myself.

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I wonder if it's an early birthday present from my mum.

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Right, OK, let's have a look.

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Oh, no. Look at... This is Robo-cam. It's the return of Robo-cam.

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This time, it's Robo Mouse.

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Now, in the past, we've tried it out with the wolves,

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who were a little bit wary of it.

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Then we tried it out with the lions, who just tore it to bits.

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Remember this from the last series of Roar?

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They're coming, quick. A bit faster, guys.

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They're going to get him. No, no, no, no! Ha! No!

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They've got Robo Zebra.

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What we going to be doing with Robo Mouse?

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I think we're going to see if the cubs are interested.

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What do you reckon the cubs are going to do?

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Do you reckon they'll be more playful?

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I would say they'd be more playful, yeah.

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Now, this sounds like fun, but there is a real reason for doing this.

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We want to see how the pride hunt and how the cubs behave.

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Look at this, they are really interested.

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It's like when you see a cat at home

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and you've got a little toy and they're crouching

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and they're really slow, then they're ready to pounce.

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They might go for this. Let me get my steering right.

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I can see that the team have been hard at work

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in developing Robo-cam. This year, we've got a new camera.

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We should get some really good shots of the lion cubs.

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Will that be nice for you to see?

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It's always nice to see them from a different perspective and angle.

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Join us later on in the show to see this exciting game of cat and mouse.

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I think they're going to go for this.

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Down at Monkey Temple,

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the family of ten common marmosets have settled in really well.

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They're friendly. Sometimes too friendly.

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And there have already been two gorgeous babies born.

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The little monkeys spend their day running wild

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around their open-top enclosure, playing and feeding.

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They think they own the place, which they do. But not for much longer.

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Because some new monkeys have just arrived

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and Roar has been called up to be the first to meet them.

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Their keeper is Jo Hawthorn.

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We have two brand new arrivals at Longleat.

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They arrived last night, would you like to see them?

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OK.

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These extraordinary looking monkeys

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are a pair of Emperor Tamarins.

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Emperor,

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very regal name, but rightfully so,

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because they have that beautiful moustache.

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These are one of my favourites because of their appearance.

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I'm really pleased they're here.

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They come from the forests of

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South America and, in the wild,

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would live high up in the treetops

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with other species

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of tamarins and marmosets.

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Many of these small monkeys

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look quite similar.

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But you'd never mistake an Emperor Tamarin because, well,

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just look at that 'tache.

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The Emperor Tamarin would stand out to all the others

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because they have those lovely whiskers.

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And these two have been given some very fitting names.

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We have two males, here.

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We've decided to call them, or I've decided to call them,

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Tiberius and Caesar.

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Hence the emperor names.

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One of them is two years old and the other is three. Both males.

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They're almost fully grown.

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These guys will never grow to more than 26cm tall.

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The same height as your average domestic cat.

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Meow!

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In the future, they hope to get females too,

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so they can start a breeding programme.

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But, for now, since they have just arrived,

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they'll be kept in an isolation pen.

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They need to get used to the keepers and to make sure

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they are fit and healthy, before going out into the Temple.

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In their time in isolation, because they won't have the outdoor

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world to explore, there'll be lots of enrichment going on.

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The main aim is to keep them really active and keep them

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really stimulated, while they're doing their isolation period.

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They may be in isolation, but that doesn't mean they can relax.

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Because before they're allowed outside,

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they'll have to pass a series of tests.

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And the examiner will be head keeper Darren Beasley.

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Will they pass? We'll find out later on.

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The one thing you can't miss

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when you see an Emperor Tamarind is the moustache.

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It's thought they got their name as a joke

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because a scientist thought they looked like the German Emperor

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Kaiser Wilhelm II, who also had a big 'tache.

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ALL: Now you know!

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What's a baby's favourite snake?

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A rattlesnake.

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Ba-baork. Ba-ba-ba-baork baork.

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What do you give an elephant that is going to be sick?

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Plenty of space.

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Dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum da-da-da da-da-da.

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-What do you get if you cross a sheepdog and a rose?

-I don't know.

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What do you get if you cross a sheepdog and a rose?

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A collie-flower.

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Back up in Lion Country, and Robo Mouse is ready to run for his life.

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The whole pride is so interested in what we're up to that

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the keepers have decided to let everyone out at once.

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That way, the cubs will learn how to hunt by watching.

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-I'm ready. Stu, are you ready?

-I'm ready, Johnny.

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-But the big question is, are the lions ready?

-Let's hope so.

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-Shall we release them?

-Let's do it.

-I can't wait for this. Right, OK.

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Six to Laura.

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So, if we can see, Robo Mouse is going.

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He's going. Oh, look at this, look! They're running straight over.

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I'm going to get some speed up.

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Ha-ha! Oh, no. Look. No, no!

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That was incredible. They came straight over.

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And they've ripped Robo Mouse to shreds already.

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That didn't last two seconds, did it?

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They've ripped the mouse apart, the mouse, sort of, exterior.

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Remind us what that was made out of again.

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The mouse itself was made out of paper mache.

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It's biodegradable. Nothing that's harmful for them.

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-So, it's not going to hurt them.

-Yeah.

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Amazingly, our mouse-cam has survived but, typically,

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it's fallen upside down

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and it's only getting good shots of the grass.

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And they've just obviously made the kill. They can't eat Robo Mouse.

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What does it look like they're doing?

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Will they play around with their catch?

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They'll play around with it, get the smells off of it.

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They'll associate that, obviously, it's not food,

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but it still draws their interest.

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-Look at this amazing, who's this that we've got here?

-This is Nibilo.

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-He's the main man.

-How impressive does he look?

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And what's incredible is, they've all come out to do the hunt.

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Is this what the male lion would do?

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He's just looking around and just watching what's going on.

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In the wild, the females are responsible

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for all the actual hunting, themselves.

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They'll make the kills.

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Then they'll bring it back to the pride lands

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and the male hoards the meat and they distribute it out between themselves.

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I'm just looking at the cubs. Would the cubs, out in the wild,

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watch the adults to learn how to hunt?

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Yeah, they take a bit of a distance on the main hunt.

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But what you would get is, Mum would take them off separately, on her own.

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She would take the cubs off and she would train them to hunt.

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Stu, what is Nibilo doing with that piece of mouse?

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I think he's sitting on the main part of the kill there, isn't he?

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He's got the majority of it, over there. He's not letting go of that.

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He's just stood there, looks sort of gormless.

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What's lovely to see here is

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that the little cub's playing with his dad.

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Nibilo, this big lion,

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has just let the cub take that piece of paper mache, or mouse...

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-Yup.

-..off him. Now, would he ever let another lion cub do that?

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-Or do they have to be his own?

-Oh, they would be his own, definitely.

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There's no way in a million years that another lion cub

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would get near him.

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Well, Stu, it looks like Robo Mouse lasted all of two seconds.

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I think it's definitely been destroyed.

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But it's been a great excuse to see the lions hunt together.

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-And I think they've enjoyed it.

-I think they have.

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Back up at Monkey Temple, Caesar and Tiberius, the two Emperor

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Tamarins, have spent the past few days getting used to their new home.

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The plan is for them to be able to go outside into the open-top

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enclosure and mix with the common marmosets.

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But there are no cages or bars outside,

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so the monkeys need to be trained to come for food.

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Only when the keepers are happy will they be allowed out into the Temple.

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And today,

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head keeper Darren Beasley is starting their first lesson.

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Cos they're new animals, they're new to us,

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they've got to get used to the way we do things round here.

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They've got to feel comfortable.

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And part of that involves them eating from places

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and locations that we want them to eat from.

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This may look like a normal, wicker basket.

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In fact, this is a very, very good monkey-feeding device.

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So, the idea is, wherever you put this, the monkeys head towards that.

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They'll go, "Look, there's our basket.

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"That means nice food, yum, yum, yum." Off they'll go.

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I presume it's a bit like

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when I was little, I used to hear the ice-cream van.

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Ding-a-ling! All those lovely tunes.

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The kids would go racing after the ice-cream van.

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The monkeys should say, "There's dinner."

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Association, and they'll come down and find something nice.

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It's a case of getting the Emperor Tamarins used to it,

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not scared of it. Know there's some nice food in it.

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The basket is loaded with woodchips and mealworms,

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so they'll have to do a bit of work to find their food.

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But it's the first time they've seen the basket.

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Will they be too nervous to come near?

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Caesar and Tiberius are not convinced it's safe.

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So, they're a little bit more nervous of me than the basket.

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I think I'm going to come out.

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These guys are amazingly agile.

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They weigh only 400g, which is

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the same as a can of baked beans.

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In the wild, they'd hardly ever come down to the ground,

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but jump from branch to branch, deep in the forest,

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using their orangey-brown tail for balance.

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But whilst they may be great jumpers,

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they're still not going for the food.

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Time to try a bit of bribery. Blueberries.

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Blueberries happen to be a very sweet, juicy, tasty fruit.

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All monkeys love them.

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For me, this is the cheeseburger and chips of the monkey world.

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They'll do just about anything for a bit of sweet fruit.

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Caesar seems to be the bravest. Will he be tempted by the blueberries?

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And he's done it!

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Let's see that again. That was a swift manoeuvre.

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And he's got the prize.

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And once Caesar's had a go, Tiberius moves in for his blueberry.

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Then Caesar goes back for seconds.

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That actually went very well. They didn't dive straight into it.

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They're naturally very cautious animals.

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They've got to be cautious, things eat them in the wild.

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I had to resort to emergency blueberries.

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It's just a matter of time now.

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Once they associate the basket to good things, nothing bad,

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we can then move it on.

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Then, what we'll do is, we'll start moving the basket around.

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So they'll come to the basket, wherever it is.

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They've passed the first test.

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But will Caesar and Tiberius be brave enough

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for their next challenge? We'll be back later to find out.

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Now, recently on Roar, we went to South Africa to follow

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the story of six young cheetah that were coming to Longleat

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to start a new breeding programme for this threatened species.

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Cheetah are the world's quickest land animal.

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They can accelerate faster than most sports cars,

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doing nought to 16 miles an hour in three seconds.

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And their top speed is around 70 miles an hour for short distances.

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The park's cheetah have arrived safely

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and are now in quarantine, up in their new house.

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Now, I'm with deputy head of section Bob, and I am in the

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quarantine section for the cheetahs, and I believe I have to dip my feet.

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-You do.

-Why am I dipping my feet?

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My feet are perfectly clean and my shoes are lovely.

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Well, because they're in quarantine,

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we don't want to bring any diseases into them.

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And we don't want to take any out.

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That's why we've got our lovely jackets on.

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-But the gloves, that's a special treat, isn't it?

-It is.

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Because we are going to stick feed the cheetahs.

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So, Bob, you said we're going to do a stick feed. What does this mean?

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It means that we've got some small chunks of meat, here.

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-Right.

-A couple of sticks.

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We actually stab the meat and just pass it through to them.

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Now, this is not how you normally feed them, is it?

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No, this as an easy way of being able to get medication into them.

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You hide little tablets, worming tablets, into the chunks of meat.

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What we do is get his attention, he'll come over.

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-Come on, mate. Oh, look.

-And this is Max, isn't it?

-This is Max.

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-He looks so gentle.

-He's ever so gentle.

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You're used to looking after the big cats, aren't you?

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And these aren't big cats, cheetahs. So, what's the difference?

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Apart from the size,

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-these are designed for speed more than anything.

-Right.

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Because they take on little antelope, gazelles, whatever,

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they've got to be able to keep up with them.

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I think Max has had a good fill, is that

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what he's saying when he's squeaking away to me?

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I think he's just saying he wants some more.

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We can't give it all to him,

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so we'll go and do his little mate here, next door.

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-Come on.

-Wow!

-You can see their claws.

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Look at their claws, how long they are.

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-Look at them!

-Fantastic, isn't it?

-Those claws, are they good climbers?

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-Well, they do climb trees.

-Yeah.

-Well, jump up trees.

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And they're very good at staying in trees.

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Seeing as they run so fast, then they can grip.

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It's like having running spikes on. If you're an athlete,

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you would have spikes in your shoes to grip the ground.

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That's exactly the same with them.

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Look at that! And they're light, aren't they? They just seem.

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-Oh-ha-ha!

-Good boy.

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You know, Bob, when I see Casey reaching up here, he's so big.

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-Is he fully grown?

-He is fully grown, yeah.

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He's just over two now, so he won't get much bigger.

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So, are they at the right age then to now start families?

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They could do. You know, we've got three males, three females.

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Our hopes are to breed from them.

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It's slightly different, with most of our other cats,

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you just let them get on with it.

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With these, you have to do a blind date sort of thing.

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You have to let the male choose the female.

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If we're going to get these guys fit and healthy

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and ready to breed, I think we'd better hurry up with our feeding.

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-What do you think?

-I think we'd better.

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It's time for Ask The Keeper,

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which is challenging enough at the best of times.

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But today, keeper John Reynolds is going to be answering

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questions on not one, but the three animals here on the lake.

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The hippo, the gorilla and the sea lions.

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But he's got to be facing the most fearsome animals of all. This lot!

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-John, are you ready?

-I'm ready.

-Are you sure about that?

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-I'm definitely ready.

-OK, he seems ready.

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We're on the move so that we can see as many animals as possible.

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I can hear some sea lions, has anyone got a sea lion question?

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Arrf, arrf!

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What do sea lions eat?

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Ah, well, sea lions generally eat fish.

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We give ours mackerel, herring or sprats.

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I've got some fish here. This is sprats.

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Any of you want to feed the sea lions?

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-Yes.

-Yes? There you go.

-Is that why they're making this noise, John?

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-Because they're hungry?

-They're trying to get your attention

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so you'll feed them.

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-Do you just throw it in?

-Just throw it in to them, yeah.

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That's cool, innit?

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Arrf, arrf, arrf!

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-Guys, how cool is that?

-Why do sea lions make that noise?

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Why do they, John? Cos it's hurting my ears a little bit.

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They are making that noise cos they want to get your attention.

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It's not just noises they make to try and get your attention.

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Buster knows that if he makes enough noise, people are going to feed him.

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Are sea lions aggressive?

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Not really, no. I'd say they're generally curious, the sea lions.

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It depends on the time of year.

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When you go into the breeding season, or just after

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the sea lions have given birth, then they're a lot more aggressive,

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cos they've got to defend their babies.

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The rest of the time, they're just curious and playful.

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This is quite nerve-wracking,

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cos one of the most fearsome animals at the park,

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apart from you lot, is just over there.

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We've got a hippo. Has anyone got a hippo question?

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Why are hippos so dangerous?

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They're so dangerous because they're very, very territorial.

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In their territory in Africa, they have to defend their food

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and their breeding space.

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They have to be very aggressive to make sure that they stay fit

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and strong and healthy.

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So, they have developed a way of staying healthy,

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by being very, very territorial.

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How big can a hippo grow to?

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These ones we have here, they're about two-and-a-half tonnes.

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But some girls can grow to about three tonnes

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and male bulls can grow to about four tonnes.

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They can get very, very big.

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How big can hippos extend their mouths to?

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A hippo can actually open its mouth to about 150 degrees.

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-So, that's kind of like... That's kind of like that?

-Basically, yes.

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Wow, that's pretty scary.

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Definitely wouldn't want to get caught between that mouth.

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So far, keeper John has done brilliantly.

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But we've still got Nico the gorilla to see. And the killer question.

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So, don't go away.

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OK, here's the cheat code you've been waiting for.

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Type that in and see what it gives you.

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New treats, animals or enclosures.

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You'll find the brilliant Roar game on the CBBC website. Happy gaming.

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We're going back up to Monkey Temple now,

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cos it's exam time for Caesar and Tiberius.

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If they're going to be released into the open-topped enclosure,

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the keepers need to know they'll be safe and won't escape.

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The best way to do that is to make sure

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they always come to the food basket.

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They've passed the first test with flying colours.

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But the training is about to go up a level.

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The next stage is that I now need to move the basket so that

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the monkeys actually come towards us and wherever we put the basket.

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And the whole target is that

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when we're eventually outside, I can move this basket around and

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they'll follow it and that's where they'll go to feed and feel safe.

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Darren is fixing the basket in the room next door.

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For Caesar and Tiberius, it's unknown territory.

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But if they're brave enough to go in and feed from the basket, they'll

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have passed their second test

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and be almost ready to go outside. So, it's fingers crossed.

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Caesar's through. Will Tiberius follow?

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Caesar seems to be the braver, or maybe the greedier, of the two.

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But will he go for the basket and pass the test?

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-Caesar has aced it.

-Yes.

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And, as ever, Tiberius isn't far behind.

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That went really well.

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You've got to have patience in this game.

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Because these are fragile, tiny little monkeys,

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so they are nervous.

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Marks out of ten for Emperor Tamarins, they've got to get

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a good eight and a half or nine for that, I think.

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Well worth it.

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It shouldn't be long before these two are ready to go outside.

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But for now, they're just enjoying their fruity rewards.

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Me and the gang are out on Half Mile Lake,

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quizzing keeper John about the animals.

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And we've still got one more to see.

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Look at this. Incredible. Nico the gorilla is out there.

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You're looking at one of the oldest gorillas in Europe.

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Have we got any questions for John?

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Can a gorilla swim?

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No, gorillas can't naturally swim.

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If you ever find yourself in the wild

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being chased by a gorilla, find some water and you'll escape.

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They can paddle, they can even wade. You'd have to make sure that

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it was deep enough that they wouldn't want to risk it.

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How big can gorillas grow to?

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Nico, over there,

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he is about as a big as a western lowland would probably get.

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He's just under two metres tall.

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And he probably weighs something just under 30 stone, which is about 320kg.

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What do you reckon? He's done really well, hasn't he?

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He's answered all our questions. But we have got one more question left.

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And that one is the killer question!

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Come on, guys. Gather around.

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Right, we need to ask a question.

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We're going to get him with this one. Ha-ha-ha!

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So, I'm thinking...

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-So, is that a good killer question?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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The killer question, we've got it? Put it there, guys. Oh, yeah!

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-Right, we're ready, John. But are you?

-I'm ready.

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OK, well, here it is.

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How many visitors came on this boat during the whole of last year?

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-How many people came on the boat over the whole of last year?

-Yes.

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-It was 427,000.

-You're saying 427,000.

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-Was that just a wild guess?

-That was a rough average, I'd say.

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Ha-ha! That is incredible, because the answer is actually 433,000.

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You were 6,000 out, that's absolutely incredible!

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I'm suspecting that you're a bit of a genius. That's incredible.

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What do you reckon, guys, a thumbs up or a thumbs down for John?

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Got to be thumbs up, all round. You did amazing.

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Elands are Africa's

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biggest antelope.

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A large bull can weigh

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nearly 1,000 kilos

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and stand 1.8m tall at the shoulder.

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But it's not the grown-ups we've come to see today,

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it's the five babies that have been born this year.

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-We're here with their keeper Dan. How they getting on?

-Very good.

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They've been out for quite a while now,

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but we're really happy with how they're getting on.

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-Are they there with Mum?

-They are, yeah. All our group is out.

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There's mums, babies, dads, and they're all there together.

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Are little ones still dependant on Mum, are they still suckling?

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They are still suckling, but they're also grazing and stuff.

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-So, they're fairly independent.

-You can see them all there.

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They're in the middle, why is that then,

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that the little ones are in the middle?

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They tend to hang around in the middle cos

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they've got the bigger ones around them

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so it's a bit of protection, really.

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Protection against predators. Have we got any names yet?

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They've all got names. We're on the letter L this year.

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We have a different letter for every year, cos it's easy to remember

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when they were born.

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And we've got Lance, Lionel, Lorenzo, Louis G and Lamara.

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Congratulations. Looks like they've settled in nicely

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and they're off to go and play happy families.

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Great stuff. Alas, it's time for us to go.

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Before you leave us,

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-why don't you check out what's on the next episode of Roar?

-Bye.

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Next time on Roar, there's trouble up in Wolf Wood.

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Frieda the she-wolf is dangerously ill.

0:27:180:27:21

The keepers and the vet will do everything they can to help her.

0:27:210:27:24

But will it be enough?

0:27:240:27:26

Whippet, the tiny boobok owl, is learning how to fly.

0:27:280:27:31

And I'll be there for his very first attempt.

0:27:310:27:34

And Roar ranger Ethan is a keen magician,

0:27:340:27:37

so the sea lions show him a trick or two.

0:27:370:27:40

How to make fish disappear.

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