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Today on Roar, something special's happened in the Lion House.

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I don't want to give it away, but get ready to go "Aww!"

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

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As you can see, myself and Rani are conducting an experiment,

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to see if Rani can eat just like one of those spoonbills.

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Oh, it's not working, Johny.

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Come on, Rani, put your back in to it.

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It doesn't seem to be a problem for the spoonbills.

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-It's really hard!

-Come on, you're not trying hard enough.

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Maybe you're right.

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It's probably easier to use one of these, isn't it?

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-Oh, that's cheating. Give me some!

-It's time to start the show.

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Johny!

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Coming up today, have the Roar Rangers got what it takes

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to tackle the killer snakes?

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-Has one ever got out?

-Uh, yeah.

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We'll be meeting a strange new animal.

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-Oh, sharp claws!

-But what on earth is it?

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And why do the mara freak Johny out?

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It looks like a genetic experiment gone wrong!

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We're starting off with the lions, because they've got some great news.

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For the past few years,

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there's been something missing in the lion enclosures... Cubs.

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The park hasn't had any because they didn't have a suitable male.

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That is, until Nibulo came along.

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In our last programme,

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we followed the action when he first arrived here

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from an animal park in Germany.

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No-one knew if he could take on the role of pride male,

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or if the seven lionesses would accept him.

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OK, let's fast-forward five months.

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Now, it's today, and keeper Bob has something to show us

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in the Lion House.

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Something brilliant.

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Yes, you guessed it, lion cubs.

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What we have here is Yende,

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as you can see, there're four little things with her.

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The cubs haven't got names yet,

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we don't name them until they've got characters.

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They're just over a month old.

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Yende is one of the most experienced mums here,

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before these, she's had seven cubs.

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The sex of the cubs is a closely-guarded secret,

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but I'll let you know.

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We have one male and three females.

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The cubs have speckled coats, which in the wild act as camouflage

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on the dry grassland of the Savannah.

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But the mums usually stay close to protect their babies, too.

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Yende is doing everything right.

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If one of the cubs strays,

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she picks it up in her mouth, which doesn't hurt the babies at all.

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Because we're in here filming,

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there's new people that she's never seen before.

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One of those cubs has been a little adventurous

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and come out in front of her, and she's thought that's too close to us.

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So, she's picked it up and moved it to the back of the pen.

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That's purely a protection thing,

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saying, "Come on, that's far enough."

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The little cubs love to play, but it's not just for fun.

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Their rough and tumble has a very important purpose.

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This is the time that they are learning all the skills

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that they would need to survive in the wild.

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You can see that they're playing with each other,

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trying to trip each other up, they bite each other.

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They're not going to hurt each other.

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They're just using their claws.

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You can see when they climb up on the back of mum they dig their claws in,

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they catch hold of her tail with their claws,

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and that's like holding their food.

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They're biting it and pulling it and tugging it.

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They're all skills that they would need in the wild.

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Another thing every lion needs is big teeth.

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The cubs' teeth are very small, but they're already quite sharp.

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If you were silly enough to stick your finger in there,

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you would feel them. In a few weeks' time they'll take your finger off.

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At the moment, the cubs are on nothing but mother's milk,

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and Bob would like to check that they're all feeding properly.

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But Yende only suckles her babies when no-one's around.

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She's a very good mum and she does lay down for them to suckle,

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but obviously because we're here, we're encroaching on her territory.

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I don't think she feels that it's safe enough to relax

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and let her milk down for them to suckle.

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There's only one way to catch that,

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I'm going to have to rig up a camera on the mesh and leave it filming.

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As soon as we've gone they'll settle down and have a drink.

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We've lent Bob one of the Roar cameras and he's getting it rigged.

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If this works, we could get a great view of a very rare sight.

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A mother lion really relaxing with her cubs.

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So, stay tuned to find out what happens in the lion's den

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when no-one's there.

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Lions can run at about 35mph. That's over 55kph.

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If they did that in town, they'd be breaking the speed limit.

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I've popped down to meet one of the park's newer residents.

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It's an animal that intrigues me and freaks me out in equal measure.

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I'm hoping that Darren can tell me a little bit more

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about the strange mara.

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-Hello, Darren.

-How are you, mate?

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It's weird, to say these guys freak me out because they look placid.

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-Yeah.

-But they're so strange! Like a genetic experiment gone wrong

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between a...some kind of hoof stock and a rabbit.

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Yeah, it's really strange. Everybody thinks of them as big rabbits.

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I suppose they look a bit like rabbits,

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but they're closer to the guinea pig than they are to the rabbit.

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They come from South America, and they live in the long grass.

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They're designed for running.

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They're also pretty good at digging and jumping.

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I'm filling holes... They keep digging in this enclosure.

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They share it with the anteaters.

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Cos they're so good at digging holes, I thought,

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-"I've got a shovel, you look like a man that can use it."

-Oh, thanks!

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If you pop over here,

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can you see the pile we've made in the corner?

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I'm creating a digging mound for them,

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we're going to encourage them to dig in the right place.

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OK. Are you going to put any treats for them, underneath the mound?

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Absolutely, that's the stage I'm at now.

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I'm going to scatter some food for them,

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in the wild they'd dig for roots of plants and vegetables

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If you start shovelling this on top.

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You're trying to encourage natural behaviour, essentially?

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Yes. They don't just dig for food, they dig for shelter,

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-they'll have their babies in scrapes underground.

-Really?

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Very powerful animals.

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Their legs look spindly, but they're wonderful diggers with sharp claws.

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-And jumping... Can you see this wicker fence?

-Yes.

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If they were in full flight, they could jump that.

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-Seriously?

-Easy, and the rest. They can get up to two metres.

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Darren, apart from those weird legs that they've got,

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they've got massive eyes. Have they got really good eyesight?

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Yeah, ever so much.

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They've got good eyesight, looking for predators.

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It's not just clear vision.

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Our eyes face forwards, these guys, they're on the side of their head.

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It gives them almost 360 degrees,

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they can almost see all the way around behind them on both sides.

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Fantastic looking for predators.

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They can twist and angle their ears toward sound.

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So, their early warning systems are pretty good.

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They seem like a happy family, but they'll not use their mound

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while we're here, so I say we finish off.

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When we're out of here they're going to really DIG this mound.

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-Ha, do you see, DIG?

-BOOING

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I'll get on with it, shall I?

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What animal is always laughing?

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A happy-potimus.

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Why were the elephants thrown out of the swimming pool?

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Why were the elephants thrown out of the swimming pool?

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They couldn't keep their trunks up!

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Towit-towoo! Towit-towoo!

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What do penguins have for lunch?

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They have...iceburgers.

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Our Roar Rangers today are a couple of friends who love two things -

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animals and sport.

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Always ready to pitch in is 11 year-old Louis.

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And, hoping to make a hit as a keeper is ten-year-old Fraser.

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What will be thrown at them today?

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They need to put on their thinking caps,

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to see if they can figure it out from just two clues.

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Clue number one, a set of scales.

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Clue number two, a pair of giant tweezers.

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-Scales...

-And what animals have scales?

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-Fish?

-They have scales.

-Fish have scales.

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Well, yeah, and what else?

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-Something that has scales...and I think we're feeding them.

-Yeah.

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-I think it's a snake. What do you reckon?

-I agree, I think so.

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Yes, please be snakes!

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But, are they right?

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-Hi.

-Hi, guys. I'll be your keeper for the day, I'm Sarah.

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What did you think you might be doing?

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We think that we might be feeding snakes.

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Yeah, you're right. That's correct.

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-Awesome.

-Yes!

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Yes, today our Roar Rangers will be helping out

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behind the scenes in the Reptile Room.

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If reptiles are your worst nightmare,

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you may want to look away.

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The first job that Sarah's got for Louis and Fraser should be simple.

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We've got lots of tanks full of reptiles,

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we've got some bearded dragons and some snakes at the bottom.

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It's very important as a keeper to make sure

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all the animals are here and happy in the morning.

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We come in first thing, we count the animals,

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make sure they've got fresh water.

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We make sure there's been no illnesses overnight

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while we haven't been here.

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-Has one ever got out?

-Um, yeah.

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We have had a couple of times where we've come in in the morning

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and one has snuck out of a tiny gap.

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Snakes are really good at escaping,

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cos they're so long and thin, they can get through the tiniest gap.

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But we always find them.

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This room is sealed completely, so they don't go far.

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-Are any of them poisonous?

-No.

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In fact, the correct term is venomous,

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the word poison means something that's swallowed or inhaled.

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Whereas venom is injected straight into the victim.

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That's what snakes do with their fangs.

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Even though the snakes here aren't venomous,

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that doesn't mean they aren't deadly.

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Take the royal python, for instance.

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What they do is, they grab hold of their prey,

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and they wrap their body around it and squeeze it.

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Yeah, so they're called constrictors.

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Louis and Fraser will be getting up close with the constrictors later,

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but now, Sarah needs a hand to check on a new arrival.

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His name is Dante and he's a panther chameleon.

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In the wild, these lizards come from the African island of Madagascar,

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but Dante was born in captivity.

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He hasn't yet gone on display to the public,

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so, the Roar Rangers are the first to see him here.

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Have you got him?

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You can feel he's got quite a good grip.

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People seem to like chameleons.

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They're so colourful and interesting,

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but they don't make good pets.

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They need very special care and they can easily become stressed.

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-Can they change colours?

-They don't change colours completely.

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You see all the colours he's got at the moment?

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They go really bright or really dull, depending on his mood.

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They don't change colour to blend in with their background.

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Right, OK.

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Dante seems to be in a good mood right now,

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and he's looking healthy.

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The Roar Rangers are going to need nerves of steel for their next job,

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because they're about to find out just how fast the python's can kill.

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So, don't go away.

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Back in the Lion House,

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the four new cubs look like they're doing really well.

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But since mum won't feed her babies while people are there,

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keeper Bob rigged up "cub cam", to make sure there's no problems.

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He left the camera running for a couple of hours

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and now we're all going to see what goes on when no-one's around.

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What we've got is some brilliant footage of mum having a rest

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and the cubs taking the chance to have a bit of a drink.

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This is pretty special footage.

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It's rare to get such a clear view of young cubs feeding.

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At this age, the cubs will drink about six times a day,

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and take about 100ml each time.

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That's about the same amount of milk that a human baby gets.

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She's having a bit of a stretch, and that's worked to the cubs advantage

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as they've managed to get in there and get a better hold of her teat.

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Cubs have their own nipple to go to

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and it's very important for them to get to that nipple.

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So, if one's in the way,

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they will barge and push and struggle to get to that one.

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Great to see, it really is.

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By watching closely, Bob's been able to check

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that all four cubs are getting their fair share.

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Yende has been doing a great job in other ways too.

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She licks them all thoroughly to keep them clean.

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Ideally, she doesn't want any smell on them, that, in the wild,

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would give the game away of where they're hiding.

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There would be other predator's around,

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like hyenas for instance, that would feast on these.

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That would be a nice little snack for them.

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When they're born, lion cubs weigh just over one kilo,

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but then they grow really fast,

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so that by the time they're one year old they weigh about 63 kilos.

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Right now, Yende's cubs are still a manageable size.

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This is brilliant to see, everyone's healthy,

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there's no problem with any of them.

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It's nice to be able to show, what really is privileged footage,

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for everyone to see.

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We're going to have lots more privileged footage for you

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all through the series,

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as we follow the progress of Yende's new cubs.

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Here at Animal Adventure, the keepers are having a little

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bit of a problem with a couple of the park's best escape artists.

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I'm talking about the weasels, so I've come down to see Alexa...

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-Hi, Alexa.

-Hiya, Rani...

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..to find out what's going on, but more to the point, Alexa,

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what are you doing?

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This is a wonderful contraption, we're calling it the feather ball.

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What it is, is just feathers from the different animals in the park.

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-Right.

-We've attached them to the ball,

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and hopefully it'll keep the weasels more entertained.

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OK, well let me help you with this,

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and you can tell me about keeping them entertained.

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I'm kind of saying "escape artist",

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there's the little, tiny weasel there,

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and this is a very high enclosure.

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How are they getting out? Are you leaving the doors open?

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Ah, I wish it were that simple.

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Bonnie, our female,

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-decided to hatch the escape plan a few weeks ago.

-Right.

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At the back of the pen it's all wood and she managed to scale it.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

-So they are good climbers?

-Very good climbers.

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They love moving around, they love things to keep them entertained.

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So, hopefully, this will do the trick for a little while.

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There's Bonnie, who else is in here?

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-Bonnie and Clyde.

-I should have guessed that!

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-OK, I'm lowering it down, Alexa.

-OK.

-Bonnie and Clyde look interested.

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Oh, no! No, no! I'm going to squash you.

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-He's trapped inside.

-He's all right, he can get out.

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-So, who is this one?

-This is Clyde.

-How can you tell the difference?

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Clyde is a lot bigger than Bonnie.

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-So, he's gone straight past the feather ball.

-Yep.

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Is there any chance he's thinking, "This is a way to help me escape?"

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Hopefully not, so we won't keep it in too long.

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He's actually having a bit of a play with it.

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He is, that's brilliant.

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He's probably got used to it being in the enclosure.

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He's ready to investigate it a little further.

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He was apprehensive in case it was an animal that would hunt them,

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they've got to know it's safe?

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They have to make sure it's not going to hurt them.

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Because if they get hurt they can't hunt.

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Will you leave it, so they can get used to it and have a play?

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We'll leave it there for a few hours. Too long they'll get bored with it.

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We can leave it in, take it out, leave it in, take it out.

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Oh, it's a hard life, entertaining the weasels!

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Shall we get out of here?

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-Yeah, let's go.

-Thanks very much.

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The Siberian tiger can jump up to three metres high?

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Which means they'd have no problem hopping on a bus.

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Now you know!

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Back in the Reptile Room, Roar Rangers Louis and Fraser,

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are helping keeper Sarah.

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Now it's time to get hands-on with the snakes.

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This is Wizbit, she's one of our female royal pythons.

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Royal pythons come from the dry savannah

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and woodlands of Central Africa.

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I've noticed is that she's starting to go a little dull,

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that's the first sign that they're going to come in to a shed

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and shed their skin.

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You'll notice their eyes go a blue-y colour

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and their skin goes very dull.

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It's not as shiny as it normally is.

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Snakes shed their whole, outer skin.

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Wizbit needs to do it every two or three months,

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because she's still growing quite fast.

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While she's shedding, it helps if her skin doesn't get too dry.

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So, just to make sure that she goes into the process OK

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and can shed her skin properly,

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we're going to give her a bath, to keep her moist. All right?

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So, if you gently lower her in.

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That's it.

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She will try to wriggle out a bit, so hold her in.

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Let her head go free,

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so she can move her head out of the water if she wants to.

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OK, do you want to take over?

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Why is all of her body sinking, except that bit there?

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Because there's different organs in the body,

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they'll be heavier or lighter, depending on what it is.

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So, where the lungs are, because they're filling up with air,

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that part will raise to help them float.

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I think that's probably enough for Wizbit's bath,

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so, we'll pop her back in her tank.

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The Roar Rangers' next challenge is the biggest one yet,

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because the babies are getting hungry.

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SCREAMING

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OK, these are where our baby snakes live.

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These young royal pythons were born right here, in the park.

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Once they've hatched,

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the mother python doesn't look after her babies at all.

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In the wild they would have to fend for themselves,

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but here, they're fed dead mice by the keepers.

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Today, by the Roar Rangers.

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Right, do you remember the tongs that you were given before as a clue?

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-Yes.

-This is what we'll be using them for.

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Who wants to have a go?

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-I will.

-Yeah?

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This is quite important, hold it tight down here,

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but keep your fingers right back down here, OK?

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Now, Fraser really needs to keep his cool,

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because it's vital that he holds the tongs steady.

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Snakes strike with awesome speed,

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the fastest species can strike their prey at over 100mph.

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Wow, let's see that again.

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I still jump every time and I know exactly when they're going to do it.

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You never get used to it, it's fast, isn't it?

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-Yeah!

-Did you think it would be that fast?

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-Not really.

-No!

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Very quick, because in the wild if they miss,

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or they don't get it fast enough, that mouse will be gone.

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They won't eat until the next one comes along.

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That could be weeks, if not months.

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That's why it's so important that they're so fast.

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She was so fast.

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It was just looking at it, it didn't blink,

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then it was like "woosh", just like that.

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Snakes swallow their food whole,

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though it takes them quite a while to get it all in.

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So, do they have loads of teeth in their mouth?

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They do have quite a few teeth, they're quite small teeth

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but they're very sharp. Once they get hold of food, they don't let go.

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How long does it take them to digest a mouse?

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That will probably take her about two to three days to digest.

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Louis and Fraser's day in the Reptile Room is coming to an end,

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but they still can't get over that snake strike.

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-It was like a lightening bolt.

-So fast.

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They've done really well,

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I don't think a lot of people would have done that.

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They're incredibly fast when feeding.

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-Super.

-Skin.

-Shedding.

-Snakes.

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THEY HISS

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If you've started to play the Roar online game,

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you'll know what to do with this.

0:24:510:24:54

Coral1, that's today's cheat code

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to make your animal park bigger and better.

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If you haven't tried the game yet, you should.

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It's on the CBBC website, and it's great fun. See you there!

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Across the park, there are a number of new animals this season.

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Here's one of the oddest. Ever seen one of these before?

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It's a coati.

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They're a member of the raccoon family,

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and they come from America.

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

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we've popped over to meet Michaela for a catch up with the coatis.

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-Hi, Michaela.

-Hello.

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Those coatis are looking peckish, who have we got up there?

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That's Ringo, my favourite.

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You can't say that. Why is he your favourite?

0:25:440:25:48

-He's just handsome.

-Is this Ringo coming over now, then?

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He's looking for banana, his favourite.

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-Are these guys safe?

-Yeah.

-They're not going to bite?

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They're very gentle, you can hand-feed them if you want to.

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Oh, he's ran away, cos he doesn't know us. Here you go, Ringo.

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Oh! Sharp claws!

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Which is just one reason why we're only allowed to feed the coatis

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because we're with a trained keeper.

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How many females and how many males are in here?

0:26:120:26:15

We've got three females, Big Mamma, Zoe and Kilela,

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and we've got Ringo.

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So, this isn't how you'd normally feed them, just bring out a bucket?

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What do you normally do?

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We normally dig it under all the mud here, or hide it in the trees,

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we stick it in the bushes.

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Make it hard work for them,

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make them look for their food, like they would in the wild.

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So, this is a treat,

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"Here's a platter of fruit, come and help yourself."

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I won't get you to only feed them from the bowl,

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I'll get you to scatter it on the floor.

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-OK.

-Right, she's got some work for you to do, Johny.

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On that note, I should probably go.

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While Rani skives off, why don't you lot check out what's coming up

0:26:490:26:52

on the next episode of Roar? I always get left with all the work.

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We'll be getting up close with the scariest claws in the business.

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With that huge claw they'd make short work of you and me.

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They're cute but smelly, we'll be meeting the parping pigs.

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Phwoar!

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And, will the chipmunks go nuts for our berry treats?

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Or are they too busy just looking cute?

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The lions have had four cubs and Roar has exclusive close-up footage. Rani and Johny meet some very strange creatures - the mara and the coati. Meanwhile the Roar Rangers find out if they've got what it takes to tackle the killer snakes.


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