Degus My Pet and Me


Degus

Series showing children what it really means to have a pet. Ferne visits Harry and his pet degus.


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-Hello! Welcome to My Pet and Me. I'm Ferne.

-I'm Rory.

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We've just been getting the barn ready for the animals.

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We like to make sure they have the right food and water.

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And a comfy place to sleep. Lots of different animals make

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excellent pets and we love coming to meet you and yours.

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We do. I'm off to meet some new friends now.

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-You can come with me if you like. See you later!

-See ya!

-Come on!

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-# My pet, my pet and me... #

-WOOF WOOF

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-# My pet, my pet and me... #

-MEOW

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-# Down every street... #

-QUACK MEOW

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# Are pets do 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... #

-MEOW

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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 cockledoodledoo!

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# My pet, my pet and me

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-# My pet, my pet and me... #

-QUACK QUACK

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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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WOOF HISS

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Today we're in Dorset to visit Harry and his degus.

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I love degus, so I can't wait to meet them. Let's go.

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-Hi, Ferne.

-Hi, Harry.

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-And you must be Mum, hello.

-Hi.

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-Do you want to come in and see my awesome degus?

-I would love to.

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Come on, let's go!

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-So, these are your degus?

-Yeah.

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Hi, degus.

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-How many do you have?

-Three.

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What are their names?

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Their names are Thomas, Donald and Rexy.

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-And are they boys or girls?

-Boys.

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-All of them are boys?

-Yeah.

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-How long have you had them?

-Two years.

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-I used to have degus.

-Really?

-But I used to call them flufflumps.

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So I never say degus, I always say flufflumps.

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Hello, you.

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-I like their orange teeth. They're funny, aren't they?

-Yeah.

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-Where did you get your degus?

-I got them from a rescue centre.

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Oh, that's lovely, isn't it? You're giving them a second home.

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-Do you know how old they are?

-I think they're going to be three this year.

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-Donald, the big one, he's the dad.

-Really? He's their daddy?

-Yeah, yeah.

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-Oh, that's lovely. So, you have a little degu family here?

-Yeah.

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It's great that you have a little group because degus live in groups

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in the wild, so they prefer to be around their friends.

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-What's your favourite thing about having degus?

-They're very playful.

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-They are. They're clever too.

-Yeah.

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-Should we see if any of them want to come out for a cuddle?

-Yeah.

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Make sure you don't fall out there, babies.

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Hello, you.

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You're doing a really good job, Harry, trying to pick them up.

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When you pick up a degu, you never pick them up from the top or else

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they get a fright. So you either wait for them to walk onto you,

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like what Harry's doing, or else you scoop them up very gently underneath.

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This one seems happier just to have a sniff about, doesn't he?

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They're so fast.

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Hi.

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They certainly are very interesting and funny to watch.

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Rory, can you tell us some more facts about these furry little rodents?

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Of course, Ferne.

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One.

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Male degus are called bucks and females are called does.

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Two.

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Degus don't like to be too hot,

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so they have big ears to help get rid of any extra heat

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from their bodies to cool them down.

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Three.

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Degus love working together in a team to do things like dig

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and make their homes.

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Four.

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Degus are sometimes called trumpet-tailed rats because they

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have a fluffy tuft of fur at the end of their tail.

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Toot-toot!

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-WOOF

-Care time.

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Oh, big stretch. Big stretch.

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Degus are fantastic, interesting little creatures.

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But, like all pets, they need careful looking after.

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So, Harry, what do we have to do to look after your flufflumps?

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-We have to clean them out once a week...

-Ooh.

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-..change their water once a day...

-OK.

-..and feed them once a day.

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-Right, well, shall we start with cleaning them out?

-Yes, please.

-OK.

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-Let's take the big one out first.

-OK.

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Harry's degus are nice and safe down at the bottom,

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while we clean out the top.

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They really have been chewing on that, haven't they?

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Yeah, they've gnawed into it to sharpen their teeth.

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And to keep them not growing too long because they keep growing.

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-They can actually get ill if their teeth get too big...

-Yeah.

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..so your sticks are perfect for your degus.

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Degus need a big metal cage

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with lots of space to run around and play and climb and dig.

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We take everything out

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and throw away all the old hay...

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and dirty stuff.

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Then we clean the cage.

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It's important to use a spray that's safe for small animals

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so they don't get sick.

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We put in clean woodshavings.

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-Good job, Harry.

-I think that's about enough now.

-OK.

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If they have lots of it,

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they can have a good dig around in it, can't they?

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-Yeah, and bury their food.

-Lucky degus.

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We put in fresh hay.

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-Degus like chewing their hay too, don't they?

-Yeah.

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And some new egg boxes

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and gobble boxes,

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and branches for them to chew on.

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These are great.

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-These are from my apple tree.

-Oh, lovely. Do we have enough?

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-Yeah.

-OK.

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Yeah, that looks good.

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-Shall we get started on the bottom?

-No, I did that one yesterday.

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-Brilliant! Well, shall we get these gloves off?

-Yeah.

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Rah! OK, what's next?

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-We need to give them food and water.

-OK, shall we start with food?

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-Yeah.

-Lovely.

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-This is great degu food, isn't it?

-Mhm.

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We've got bits of corn in here for treats.

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We've got some degu pellets. We've got some grass,

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which is great for their teeth, and some seeds and even some dried fruit.

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-Shall we fill up their bottle?

-Yeah.

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They've even chewed this. Is there anything they don't chew?

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-Um, I don't think so.

-No. Come on.

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Good.

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Here you go, degus.

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-Shall we let them in, Harry?

-Yeah.

-See what they think?

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Go on, degus.

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Look at your house.

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Yes!

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Yes, he's up there and he's got the corn.

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-Go on, Thomas.

-Over here!

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-Here we go, come on.

-He's smelling stuff.

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Hello.

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Look at your nice clean house.

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He's found his food.

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What do you think the degus think of their nice clean house?

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They're thinking, "Ooh, I must run about in this, I must explore,

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-I must find new bowls of food."

-I think they love it.

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My pet and me!

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-What degu is this, Harry?

-It's Rexy.

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Why did you name him Rexy?

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Because he's kind of like a T-Rex.

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-How?

-Because he just stomps around

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and he's really adventurous, like a T-Rex.

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-Oh, OK. Degus are very curious, aren't they?

-Yeah.

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-And they're super clever.

-Yeah.

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If your super fast degus could get up to anything...

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what do you think they would do?

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DRUMROLL

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If my pets could do anything, they would swim across the ocean.

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They would meet a giant squid...

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an electric eel...

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and a sea snake.

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And they would swim all the way to Chile,

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which is where degus come from.

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And they would build a giant burrow in the sand.

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Harry, what is your favourite thing to do with your degus?

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-Them having their sand bath.

-Shall we give them one now?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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Sand bath's coming.

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Ooh.

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Whoa!

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Degus love sand baths.

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It helps to keep their fur from getting too oily

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and keeps them healthy.

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If you could take your degus anywhere, where would you take them?

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-To the beach.

-Why?

-Because they love having sand baths.

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-They do, don't they?

-Yeah.

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-Why don't we make a beach here?

-Exactly, we can make one here.

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-Shall we do that?

-Yeah.

-OK. Hang on, degus.

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Degus need to have special sand called degu dust.

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-How about some deckchairs?

-That's good.

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We've got three.

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Just enough for the degus.

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I know what's going to make this really special...

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-beach huts!

-Cool!

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-Do you think they'll like them?

-Yeah.

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Right, Harry, we need to make this safe.

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Yeah, let's get their run.

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Shall we hide some bits of broccoli around the beach?

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That's a nice idea.

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In the umbrella garden. What about in a deckchair?

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-Yeah. In a house?

-Yep, I'll get that.

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-Now let's get the degus.

-Yeah, come on.

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Ready, degus? It's your holiday.

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Wow!

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Go on.

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They're loving it.

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THEY LAUGH

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I think they really like this, Harry.

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I do.

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You're in the sea!

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Scuba-degus!

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Wee!

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Oh, he's having a bit of a bath now.

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They love the sand.

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Oh, he's in his house.

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He's in the house.

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Whoa! THEY LAUGH

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Ooh, we've got some broccoli chewing.

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Found his treat.

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-Hey, he ate it out of the house.

-Oh!

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Good find.

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I think your degus have really enjoyed their day at the beach

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and so have I. Thank you very much for introducing me to them.

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-I have loved it.

-That's OK.

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-MEOW

-My pet and me!

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-Hi, Rory. Hi, Roxy.

-Hi, Ferne. How was your day?

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Oh, it was great. I had a brilliant time with my friends.

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-That sounds excellent.

-Pets are great, but you shouldn't touch

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an animal unless the owner says it's OK first.

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Two pets you definitely can 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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What a fantastic time we've had. We just love meeting you and your pets.

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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 play with your pet

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-ALL:

-# Wash your hands, don't forget!

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

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# You might have one

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# 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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-ALL:

-# 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

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# My pet and me. #

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-ALL:

-Bye!

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HISS

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WOOF

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HISS

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Ferne visits Harry and his pet degus. Harry knows a lot about his pets, and together they clean out the cage and give them fresh sticks to gnaw on. They watch the degus enjoying a sand bath in their cage and decide to create a beach in Harry's living room just for the degus to enjoy.


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