Gerbils My Pet and Me


Gerbils

Series showing children what it really means to have a pet. Rory meets Leah and her pet gerbils, Olaf and Elsa.


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-Hello and welcome to My Pet and Me, I'm Rory.

-And I'm Ferne.

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We hoped you'd join us. We were getting the barn ready.

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Lots of animals make excellent pets and we love

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meeting you and yours.

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-We do. What are your plans, Rory?

-I'm off to meet some new friends.

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-And you can come with me, too. Let's go!

-Have fun!

-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

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# Are pets to meet

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# Some big, some small, some skinny, some furry

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# Some keep very still, some 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 are in Glasgow to meet Leah and her pet gerbils.

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Let's go and find them. Come on!

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-Hi, Leah.

-Hi, Rory.

-You must be Dad, hello.

-Hi, Rory.

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Lovely to meet you, looking forward to meeting the gerbils.

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-Where are they?

-In the playroom.

-Oh, let's go, then!

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Oh, wow! This is great!

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Your gerbils must love it in here, look! What are they called?

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-Elsa and Olaf.

-Which one is which?

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Elsa is the light one and Olaf is the dark one.

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-Are they boys or girls?

-Girls.

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Female gerbils are called does and male gerbils are called bucks.

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-Do you know what baby gerbils are called?

-Pups.

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That's right, pups,

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-but these guys look a bit too big to be pups. How old are they?

-Two.

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They look very happy, but I'd like to take them out

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and say hello properly. Can we do that?

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-Yeah, they are very friendly.

-Excellent.

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It's very important to regularly handle your gerbils,

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but don't force them if they don't like it. When you handle them,

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be careful and gentle, so they don't get scared.

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What's the best way to pick them up?

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-With both hands.

-Yeah, both your hands together, underneath them.

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-Is there anything else we need to do when we're holding them?

-Sit down.

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That's right, so they feel safe and close to the ground.

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-Right, are you going to pick them up?

-Yeah.

-Let's have a look.

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Oh, wow!

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Elsa is beautiful.

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There you go, you hold on to her.

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Let's see if we can get Olaf.

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Oh, hello!

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They are gorgeous. What amazing pets! How often do you take them out?

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-Once a day.

-What do you play with them?

-I like to cuddle them.

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What do you love most about them?

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-They make a mess out of their bedding.

-Do they kick it all out?

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-Yeah.

-Who cleans it up?

-Mum and Dad.

-Not you?

-No!

-Oh!

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-So they're messy AND cuddly?

-Yeah.

-That's a fun combination!

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Leah, your gerbils are very, very cute.

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Ferne, could you give us some fun facts about our new furry friends?

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Of course, Rory.

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In the wild, there are lots of different types of gerbil and they

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come in lots of different colours, like black, brown and white.

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Wild gerbils live in burrows and dig long tunnel mazes.

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They like to build homes with lots of different rooms

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for sleeping and storing food.

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Gerbils like to forage for their food.

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They need a balanced diet of seeds, veggies, fruit and grasses.

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Gerbils are very social animals and enjoy company.

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They can make great pets, but need lots of care and attention.

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-How do you look after your gerbils?

-I feed them and give them water

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and make sure their home is nice and clean.

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Their home has a special name, doesn't it?

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-Gerbilarium.

-Isn't that a funny name?

-Yeah!

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It's a great word and this is a cool thing, isn't it?

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-It's like a tank down here and a cage up here.

-Yeah.

-Very unusual.

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-How often do you need to clean them out?

-Once a week.

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-Is today a cleaning day?

-Yeah.

-Thought you might say that!

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-What do we have to do first?

-Take the gerbils out.

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Let's do that, then.

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There's one.

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There you go, and there's two.

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Get this big bin bag...

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Let's get this bedding out.

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I wish they could kick it out to us, so we could get it.

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-That's your favourite thing, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Right, last little bit.

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We've taken all the old stuff out, what do we need to do next?

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-Put all the messy stuff in.

-OK. This is going to be fun!

-Yup.

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-Sweep it around.

-Yup, nearly done.

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-Excellent.

-Think the gerbils are having fun in there?

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I think they are! OK, guys? One more thing we need to do.

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Put some of the old bedding in, then they'll know it's home,

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because it'll smell familiar.

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Just a little bit there.

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Wild gerbils live in burrows they dig themselves,

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so if you have pet gerbils, they need to be able to do that, too.

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-I think Elsa and Olaf will love all this bedding, don't you?

-Yeah.

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I'm also pleased to see that your gerbilarium is nice and big,

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so they have lots of space to exercise.

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-Shall we put the toys back in?

-Yeah.

-OK, you pass them over to me.

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Bury them in here, hide them, so they get excited when they find them.

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-Now, this isn't a toy, what's this for?

-To cut their claws.

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Their claws keep growing all their lives,

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just like our nails, and a rough stone like this

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means they can rub them down so they're not too long, perfect!

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-Is that everything done?

-No.

-What do we need to do?

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We need new food and water.

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-Good thinking, we should do that now, shouldn't we?

-Yeah.

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OK, put the water bottles in.

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Right, old food.

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Clear the old stuff.

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And let's get the new food.

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There you go. What we've got here is gerbil muesli.

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It's special gerbil food made up of different seeds and nuts.

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-All the food's in now, there's one thing missing.

-The gerbils?

-Yeah!

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-Think they like it?

-Yeah.

-Straight in to explore!

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Olaf, always thinking with your stomach!

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RORY CHUCKLES

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-Oh, look, Elsa's eating as well. What do we need to do now?

-Wash our hands.

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Let's go!

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Elsa and Olaf are munching on some sunflower seeds

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and I think we deserve a treat, too. What have we got here?

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-Sunflower seed cakes.

-They look delicious.

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-We'll enjoy these as much as Elsa and Olaf enjoy their seeds!

-Yeah.

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Now, if Elsa and Olaf could do anything,

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what do you think they'd do?

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If my pets could do anything, they'd be magic gymnasts.

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They would wear blue leotards and blue tutus,

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and they could hang upside down by their tails.

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And they could pull a rabbit out of a hat.

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Then they would take a bow and everybody would clap and cheer.

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-Oh!

-We are like big gerbils in these tunnels!

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We are, aren't we? It's loads of fun, but why are we

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playing outside in the garden? The gerbils are inside.

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It's a clue to what we are going to do.

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What are we going to do? Not let them out in the garden?

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-We're going to make a special playpark for them.

-Great idea!

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Let's go!

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LEAH GIGGLES

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We've got all our toys, but we should put down some bedding and set up

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-the pen so they're safe, right?

-Yeah.

-Right, let's pop that out.

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There we go. Looks cool.

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If I pour this bedding in, will you spread it all around?

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Right, you start spreading it around.

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OK, that's looking nice and safe.

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Which of the toys do you want to put in first?

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-The wheel.

-You pop it in first, then.

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If you're making your own gerbil playpark at home,

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it's really important that all the toys are gerbil safe,

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so make sure everything they have is OK for them to chew on.

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-What next?

-The hut.

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-The seesaw.

-And then you're going to put the swing in?

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-Yeah.

-Right, I'll put the climbing frame in.

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-And we've got a few tubes left, don't we?

-Yeah.

-We'll put all these in.

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They'll love running through these and hiding in them!

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-Anything else they like to do with these?

-Chew them!

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-Good for their teeth, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Right, what do we need to do then?

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-Put the gerbils in.

-I'll go and get them.

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Come on. Ch-ch-ch!

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Right, are you going to pop Elsa in and I'll go and get Olaf?

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Here comes Olaf! You pop Olaf in now.

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Having a good run around first! Through the tube.

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-Having a good explore, aren't they?

-Yeah.

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Will somebody climb up the climbing frame?

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-Who's braver?

-Olaf.

-Yeah?

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Olaf's come to say hello!

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Hello, Olaf. Hello. Oh, the climbing frame, look, you were right!

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Olaf was the first on. You're very adventurous! You are!

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They really like chewing tubes.

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-I think they are really enjoying their playpark.

-Yeah, me, too.

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-I like seeing them play together.

-It's fun, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Thank you for introducing me them, I've loved learning about gerbils.

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-Thank you for having me.

-Thanks for coming, Rory.

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'My Pet and Me!'

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GUINEA PIG SQUEAKS

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-Hi, Ferne. Hi, wee Jellybean!

-Hi, Rory.

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You look happy, what have you been up to?

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I had such a great time with my new friends,

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-we had so much fun together!

-That is amazing!

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Jellybean's just having a bit of a cuddle.

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Aww, he looks very happy. Pets are brilliant, but remember,

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don't touch an animal unless the owner says it's OK.

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Two pets you can definitely play with are ours.

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Go to the CBeebies website and play the My Pet And Me game.

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Thanks for spending time with us, we hope you had fun, too.

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# Today we met

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# Our lovely pets

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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, 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

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# My pet, my pet and me

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# Come back and see my pet and me. #

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-ALL:

-Bye!

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Rory meets Leah and her pet gerbils, Olaf and Elsa. They take the gerbils out of their cage for a play, as they love to run over Leah's hands! As a final treat for the gerbils, Rory and Leah make a special gerbil play park for them. Great fun!


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