African Special: Camp Wildlife My Pet and Me


African Special: Camp Wildlife

Special edition of the factual series about pets. Ferne and Rory visit Malawi in Africa. Ferne visits Agnes at a wildlife camp.


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-Hi. I'm Rory.

-And I'm Ferne, and we are in Africa.

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In Malawi, south-east Africa, to be precise,

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and we're here to meet some local children.

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And the amazing animals that live right here on their doorstep.

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So, Ferne, what are your plans?

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I'm off to meet a new friend and, together, we're going to go

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and do a little bit of wildlife spotting around a safari camp.

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Shall we go and meet her and see what we can find?

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-Have fun bird spotting.

-Thank you. See you.

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# Down every street Are pets to meet

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# Some big, some small Some scaly, some furry

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# Some keep very still Some are always in a hurry

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# Some have four paws

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# Some have sharp claws

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-# Some quack

-Some bark

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-# Some purr

-Some moo

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-# Some grunt

-Some squawk

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# Some cock-a-doodle-doo

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# Have you met My pet and me? #

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Today, we're at a safari camp in Liwonde National Park to meet

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Agnes and her mum and find out what animals live in and around the camp.

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Let's go meet them.

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THEY SPEAK IN CHICHEWA

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Hello, Agnes.

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-Hello, Miliah.

-Hello.

-Hello.

-How are you?

-Fine, and you?

-Good.

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I'm really excited, because you're going to show me

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-some animals that live around the camp today.

-Yes.

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What animals are we going to see?

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Vervet monkeys.

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Warthog.

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-And bushbuck.

-So vervet monkeys, warthogs and bushbuck.

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-That's amazing. Miliah, what is a monkey in Chichewa?

-Pusi.

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-Pusi.

-Yes.

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Chichewa is one of the main languages spoken here in Malawi.

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What colour are vervet monkeys?

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-Is grey.

-Grey.

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-And a black face.

-OK.

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-Grey bodies, black faces.

-Yes.

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They have long tails.

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-They're good for climbing, aren't they?

-Yes.

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-And are there baby vervet monkeys here?

-Yes.

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-What colour are the babies' faces?

-Grey.

-Grey.

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So they're a different colour from the grown-ups, aren't they?

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Yes. The babies cling on the mums.

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-They cling onto them?

-Yes.

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And what else did you say?

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-Warthogs?

-Yes.

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They're some of my favourites. What's a warthog in Chichewa?

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-Njiri.

-Njiri?

-Yeah.

-I can't wait to see some.

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-They've got tusks, don't they?

-Yes.

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-What do they use their tusks for?

-They dig.

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Yeah, they love digging around for roots and things

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and they dig holes too to sleep in

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and they eat in a really funny way. What do they do?

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Warthog are some of my favourites.

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-What are yours?

-Bushbuck.

-Oh, bushbuck.

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How do say that in Chichewa?

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-Mbawala.

-Mbawala?

-Yes.

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-What do they look like?

-Reddish.

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Yeah, they're a kind of a reddy-brown colour, aren't they?

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-And do they have anything on their side?

-White circle.

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Little white spots on the side.

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-That's really good for camouflage, isn't it?

-Yes.

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You've got so many animals here, Agnes -

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right outside your home!

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Rory, can you tell us some more facts about the animals

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that we might see today?

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Of course, Ferne.

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One, vervet monkeys tend to live in groups called troops.

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They spend several hours each day grooming each other to remove

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dirt and bugs.

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Two, warthogs have long tails that end with a tuft.

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They keep their tails upright when they're running.

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It looks a bit like a flag!

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Three, hippos spend up to 16 hours a day in the water and

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although they're very big and very heavy, they're really good swimmers.

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Four, male crocodiles can be very dangerous

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and they can grow to about five or six metres long.

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That's almost three times as long as me!

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My Pet And Me!

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None of the animals here are pets, are they, Agnes?

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-No, they are wild.

-That's right.

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So we mustn't try to feed them or get too close.

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Is there anything we can do to help care for the wild animals here?

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-Protect them.

-Yeah.

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If we protect the places they live, their habitats,

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then the animals can take care of themselves more easily.

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So what can we do to protect wild animals here in the camp?

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No fishing.

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That's great, so there's plenty of fish left for the crocodiles

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and the birds. What else?

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No cutting down trees.

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That is really important, isn't it?

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That way, then there's plenty of trees left for animals to live in

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and get food from, and is there one more thing?

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-No building.

-That's really important.

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There is no building allowed in the national park

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and, that way, there's plenty of room left for the animals.

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So what are we going to do now?

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Collecting elephant poo!

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-Really?

-Yes, come on!

-OK.

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-There's some.

-Yeah. There's lots.

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Wow, it's very big.

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Agnes, why do you pick up elephant dung?

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Put it on the grass and cook with it.

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Oh, that's really clever.

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So you put it on the grass to help the grass grow

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and you use elephant dung instead of firewood for cooking,

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and that way, you don't have to chop down trees.

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It's a really brilliant idea.

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Ooh, got a lot!

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Last bit. Good job.

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-Shall we go and put it on the grass?

-Yes!

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Let's go.

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-Just here?

-Yes.

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Yeah? Tip it out. OK.

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Please break it up.

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-Break it up?

-Yes.

-Crush it.

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OK.

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With all of this elephant dung, this grass is going to grow really high.

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-Is that good?

-Yes?

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-OK. What's next?

-Water it.

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-Shall I turn on the tap?

-Yes.

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Here it comes.

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That looks great.

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The grass will grow really well now and the animals can feed on it.

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-Is that enough?

-Yes.

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-What's next?

-Fill the bucket.

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-Do we have another job to do?

-Yes.

-OK.

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We'll wash it out.

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Here we go. It's nice and clean. Fill it up now.

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-I think that's enough now.

-Yes.

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Shall we go?

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Another way we can help the local wildlife is by making sure

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the birdbath is nice and full,

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and we're going to do that now, aren't we, Agnes?

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-Shall we take some leaves out?

-Yes.

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Birds don't want to have baths with leaves in them.

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-Let's fill it up.

-Yeah.

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That's perfect. Shall we go and see what birds come to visit?

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-Yes!

-Come on.

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What kinds of birds do you think we're going to see?

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-Weaver birds.

-Are they the little yellow ones?

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-Yes.

-Oh, lovely.

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What are they doing, Agnes?

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-Drinking.

-Yeah, they must be thirsty.

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How did you know there were going to be weaver birds?

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They come here all the time.

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Look, they're having a bath!

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All the birds have had a nice little drink. Good job!

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My Pet And Me!

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Agnes, there are so many incredible animals here, aren't there?

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-Hello, mvuwu!

-Yeah, hello, mvuwu!

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We've got a hippo in the background.

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If hippos could do anything, what do you think they would do?

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If hippos could do anything,

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they would make an elephant-poo fire.

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They would cook leaf pie

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with grass

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and invite all their friends for tea -

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the warthogs, the monkeys,

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the bushbuck and the elephants,

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and they all dance all night.

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Agnes and I are going to do a little bit of wildlife spotting

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around the camp.

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-Agnes, how many animals do you think we're going to see today?

-Lots.

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This is the best place to see the monkeys.

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-This is the best place to see the monkeys.

-Yes.

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Oh, I hope we get to see some.

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Look, Agnes. There's some coming along the footpath.

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-There, in the tree.

-Right up there.

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So what's that one doing all the way up there?

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-It's eating.

-Yes.

-Yeah?

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And what do they eat?

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-Leaves.

-Leaves. OK.

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Vervet monkeys are mainly vegetarians,

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which means they like to eat things that come from plants.

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And they like playing, don't they?

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I love the baby one. I love them, too.

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And I can see the different-coloured faces on the babies.

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-And their long tails, too, for climbing.

-Yes.

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-They're cleaning each other.

-Yes.

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It's lovely, isn't it,

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because it's a monkey's way of saying "I like you"!

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It's very exciting that you have them right here.

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-Yes.

-Right inside the camp.

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Look, there. A kingfisher.

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Oh! A giant kingfisher. With a huge fish in his mouth!

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It's a big fish.

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-That big fish is his breakfast.

-Yes.

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That is a pretty big breakfast!

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-He's gorgeous, and his little red tummy.

-Yes.

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Shall we go see what other animals we can find around the camp?

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-Let's go.

-Come on.

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We have to be quiet.

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Look at that one there.

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Hi, warthogs!

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I can't believe there are so many warthogs around the pool, Agnes.

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Yes.

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-What are they doing?

-Looking for food.

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-What are they eating?

-Grasses.

-Grass.

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Wow! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

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I love all these little hairs as well.

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-It's a bit like a beard.

-Yes.

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They're fantastic.

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-Come on, come on.

-OK. Bye, warthogs.

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Look, Agnes. Elephant!

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-What is an elephant in Chichewa?

-Njobvu.

-Njobvu.

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Oh, they are so beautiful. What are the elephants doing?

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Elephant drink. He's looking food.

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Looking for food. They look hungry.

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Do you think it's elephant breakfast time?

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Yes.

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This is my favourite place.

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Oh, Agnes, it is incredible.

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Look at all of these animals.

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Look at those baboons!

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There's lots of them.

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What are those at the very, very back there?

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-Crocodiles.

-Yeah, they're crocodiles.

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And look at their big open mouths, which helps to keep them cool.

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-Are they waiting for some food?

-Yes.

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And what do they do when they get their food?

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You can see some hippos too. Some mvuwu.

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-Look, there. Bushbuck.

-Oh, wow!

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-They're your favourites, aren't they?

-Yes.

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I'm so glad I got to see them.

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They're gorgeous.

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-I like their little white spots.

-Yes.

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I can't believe they're so close.

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There's a warthog right there. It's amazing.

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Agnes, this place is incredible.

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I've never been anywhere like it before.

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There are so many animals that live around the camp.

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It's wonderful. Thank you very much.

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Zikomo kwambiri. Was that right?

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Yes!

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-Hiya, Rory.

-Oh, hi, Ferne. How was it?

-It was awesome.

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We saw loads of amazing wild animals that live around the camp.

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It's so exciting getting close to animals

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we never get to see at home.

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It really is, and Agnes taught me so much about them.

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Thanks for coming. Malawi and its animals are incredible.

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-# Today we met

-OINK OINK

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# A lovely pet

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# We see how much you care for them

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# Thank you so much for sharing them

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# Time for us to

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# Just remind you

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# After you've played with your pet

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# Wash your hands

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# Don't forget

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# It doesn't matter what pets you've got

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# You might have one You might not

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# It's still fun finding out

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# What having a pet is all about

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# My pet, my pet and me My pet, my pet and me

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# My pet, my pet and me Come back and see

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# My pet and me. #

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-ALL:

-Bye!

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Ferne visits Agnes at a wildlife camp to see all of the animals that live there, including warthogs, monkeys and lots of different birds. Agnes shows Ferne how they can help look after and care for these animals in the wild.


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