Arctic Animals My Pet and Me


Arctic Animals

In this winter special, Ferne travels to Norway to find out about animals that live in extremely cold climates. She meets up with Joar and his herd of reindeer.


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-Hiya, I'm Fern.

-And I'm Rory.

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A welcome to a very special wintry My Pet And Me.

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As you can see, we've travelled a long way from home.

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In fact, we are in Norway, which is a beautiful country,

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with lovely warm summers but very, very cold winters.

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And it's famous for lots of reasons. There's the fjords -

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beautiful places where the sea meets the mountains.

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There are the Sami people, which we'll learn about later,

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and there are awesome Arctic animals.

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I'm off to explore and take some photos.

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I'm going to meet some new friends and Arctic animals.

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-See you later.

-See you.

-Come on!

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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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I'm in northern Norway, to meet a boy and his family's reindeer.

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It is going to be fantastic. Let's go find them.

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Hiya.

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THEY GREET EACH OTHER IN HIS LANGUAGE

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-That's how we say "hi" in our language.

-That is beautiful.

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And you must be Mum. THEY GREET EACH OTHER

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-Would you like to come in?

-I would love to.

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What an incredible place to live!

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Who is this little guy?

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That's our pet dog.

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He's beautiful, and so soft!

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But I hear that you have other animals.

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-We have reindeer, because we are Sami people.

-That is fantastic.

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Sami people have lived in this part of Norway for a very long time,

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and they were some of the first people to settle

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in this part of the world.

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They have their own language and style of clothing.

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They are traditionally reindeer herders,

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and used to move all around the country with their reindeer,

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but nowadays many of them have settled in communities.

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Some still keep reindeer.

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-So, where are your reindeer?

-They are up in the mountains.

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-They're in the mountains? In the snow?

-Mmm-hmm.

-That is wonderful.

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What's your favourite thing about having reindeer?

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-Helping my family herd them.

-Amazing. How do you do that?

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We go after them with snowmobiles.

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-You get to drive around on snowmobiles?

-Yeah.

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That sounds like so much fun!

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My dad is going to visit the reindeer, if you want to go.

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I would love to go! Rory, while we get ready,

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could you please tell us some more fascinating facts

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about these remarkable reindeer?

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Of course, Fern.

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Reindeer are also known as "caribou" in North America.

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They can grow a new set of antlers every year.

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Reindeer travel very far to look for food.

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They move up and down mountains and across the land,

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and this movement is called migration.

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DOG BARKS

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That was awesome!

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What a brilliant way to come up the mountain!

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Yeah, I know.

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It's great!

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-Look, Fern, there they are!

-I can see.

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It's absolutely amazing.

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Look at all of them!

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There are some that are even just pure white, like the snow.

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These are incredible!

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And their lovely big antlers!

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Do the reindeer roam all over these mountains?

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Yeah, but our family goes and checks on them to see if they're healthy.

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The reindeer that they tend to are definitely not pets,

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but the family do keep a close eye on them, and every year

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they bring them a bit closer to the house, just to make sure they're OK.

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-Yeah, that's right.

-I love them.

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They're beautiful.

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My grandad has some we could get closer to, if you like.

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I would love to go. How exciting!

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Let's go!

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-Hello.

-Hello!

-You must be Grandad.

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-That's right.

-Lovely to meet you.

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I love your clothing, it's beautiful.

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Yeah, that's the traditional Sami clothes from this area.

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I really, really love the colours.

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-These are his reindeer.

-They are fantastic.

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-Would you help me look after them?

-I'd love to. What do we need to do?

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-We could feed them.

-That sounds like so much fun.

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-And here you have the food.

-Fantastic. Thank you.

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-Ready?

-Yeah.

-Come on, reindeer.

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So, what is this that we're feeding them?

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Reindeer moss.

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Reindeer moss is a type of lichen that grows on the ground,

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and they just love it.

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-How do they find the reindeer moss in the wild?

-They sniff it.

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That is right. Reindeer have a fantastic sense of smell.

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And their clever noses can sniff up their food

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even when it's buried deep beneath the snow.

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Come on!

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-Why do some of them have bells?

-Because grandad finds them easier.

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It's easier for your grandad to find them if it's snowy, isn't it?

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That reindeer there, with the big antlers, is beautiful.

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He looks a bit fluffy, doesn't he?

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Reindeer fur is very good at trapping air,

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and it keeps them nice and cosy.

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-And you've got special boots to keep your feet warm, don't you?

-Yeah.

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Yeah, they're lovely Sami boots.

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Let's go.

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-Wow, it gets dark very quickly here, doesn't it?

-Mmm-hmm.

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That's because, in northern Norway, in winter, the sun only shines for

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about three hours a day.

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If your reindeer could do absolutely anything, what would they do?

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If the reindeer could do anything,

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it would walk to the North Pole

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and meet the other Arctic animals there.

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They would have a winter party around the pole,

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and lick giant ice lollies.

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And they would catch snowflakes on their antlers.

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There are lots of different Arctic animals in this part of Norway,

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so we've come to a special park to get a bit closer to some

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and see how they've adapted to live in these really cold conditions,

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just like the reindeer.

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-We're going to explore. We'll see you later.

-OK, then. Bye.

-Bye.

-Bye.

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-Hiya.

-Hi.

-Hi, Cathrine.

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Welcome to our park. I'm Cathrine and I'm an animal keeper here.

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Lovely to meet you.

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-So, who have we got in here?

-In here, we have our two musk oxen.

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They're fantastic.

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Musk oxen have a very shaggy coat, and underneath this

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is a shorter coat that's close to their body,

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that helps keep them warm.

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-Look at their big horns!

-Yeah, they're huge.

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-Are they strong, too?

-They are. And they run really fast.

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Oh, wow!

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The park has a lot of other animals.

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-Would you like to go and see them?

-Yeah!

-Yes, please.

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Cathrine has given us special permission

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to do something awesome with these lynx.

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You're going to feed the lynx

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and I'm going to stay here and tell you where to put it.

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-That sounds good. Shall we go?

-Let's go.

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Lunch is ready!

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-Now we're going to have to hide it. Where do we go?

-Throw some up there.

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-Up on the tree?

-Yeah.

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Lynx are very good at climbing.

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Their paws are nice and soft and it helps them to run and walk on snow,

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but underneath they've got these really big claws

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that help them to climb up trees.

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He's going to do it!

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Go on, Frost.

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Wow!

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FERN LAUGHS

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Did you see that?

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SHE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE

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Cathrine is going to let us see their climbing in action

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by hiding that meat high up on that tree.

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Wow!

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Look at that!

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You can see the beautiful black tufts on the very top of their ears,

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and this helps them to hear and keep their ears warm in the snow.

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Cathrine has one last big surprise for us.

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Wolves!

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And we get to see them up close from in Wolf Lodge -

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a very special building right in their enclosure.

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WOLVES HOWLING

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I can't believe there are wolves just outside.

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-It's incredible, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Do you know what a group of wolves

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-is called?

-Pack.

-That is right. And they are very social animals,

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so they tend to hang out in groups. Do you know how they mark

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-their territory?

-Poo and pee.

-That's right.

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They mark it with their own poo and pee but also with their paws,

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cos their paws have nice little smells, too.

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-They look very warm and cosy.

-Yes, they do.

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Their fur is lovely and thick. What is the noise wolves make?

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-They howl.

-That's right. They howl. WOLVES HOWLING

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THEY ALL HOWL

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That was brilliant.

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-Good job.

-Thank you.

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I think they heard us.

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I have had the best time meeting you and your family's reindeer,

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and seeing loads of Arctic animals.

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It's been fantastic.

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Thank you so much.

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You're welcome.

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HE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE Cheers!

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-CHILDREN:

-My Pet And Me!

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-Hiya, Rory.

-Hi, Fern.

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-Bures, everyone. ALL:

-Bures!

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So, Fern, what have you been up to?

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Oh, I had a great time, and we saw lots of Arctic animals.

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What about yourselves?

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We've been looking after our lovely reindeer friends, just outside.

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-I saw them - they're lovely. Was it fun?

-Yes.

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-Now we're getting nice and warm.

-Great idea.

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What a wonderful time we've had in Norway.

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We love sharing our animal adventures with you.

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# Today we met

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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 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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In this winter special, Ferne travels to Norway to find out about animals that live in very cold climates. She meets Joar and his herd of reindeer, and together they visit a polar park. They find out how animals adapt to live in cold winter conditions.


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