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-Hello, welcome to My Pet And Me. I'm Fern.
-And I'm Rory.
We've been getting the barn ready for the animals.
We like to make sure they have the right food and water.
And a nice comfy place to sleep.
Lots of different animals make excellent pets
and we love meeting you and yours.
We definitely do and I'm off to meet some new friends, now.
-You can come with me, if you like. See you later.
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# Down every street Are pets to meet
# Some big, some small Some scaly, some furry
# Some keep very still Some are always in a hurry
# Some have four paws
# Some have sharp claws
-# Some quack
-# Some purr
-# Some grunt
# Some cock-a-doodle-doo
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Today, we're here on the beautiful Isle of Skye to meet Katie
and her Highland cows.
I cannot wait to see them. Come on.
-And you must be Katie's mum. Hello.
-Nice to meet you.
So, are these your Highland cows?
-They are beautiful, aren't they?
-Do you know where Highland cows come from?
That's right, they come from Scotland.
Originally, they came from the Highlands
and the Islands of Scotland, but nowadays,
they can be found all over the world, even in Australia.
-How many do you have?
-Wow, that's a nice amount of cows.
-Do you have any favourites?
Come on, I'll show you the other two.
Show me the other two, your favourite ones, let's go.
Hello. Who are these, Katie? They are beautiful.
Riona and Isla.
They're my favourite Highland cow.
So, the big one is Isla, the little one is Riona.
You've got two amazing white Highland cows. They're gorgeous.
I can see why they're your favourite. What age is Riona?
-Five weeks old.
-She's tiny. That's really young, isn't it?
Isla's the mummy and Riona is her calf.
Wonderful. Hello. They're really hairy, aren't they?
-Katie, do you think Isla can see with all that hair on her face?
-Sometime my daddy brushes her.
-Brushes the cows? Do they like it?
-What a lucky cow. And they've got nice long hairy coats, too.
They're very good because it keeps them nice and warm, but in the
summer, the hair gets a bit shorter, too, so they don't get too hot.
-Do you know why they've got such big horns?
-To protect themselves.
That's right. Just in case any other animals want to hurt them.
Do you know what they do in winter?
They dig around in the snow with their big horns and they try
-and find grass. It's pretty clever.
Their horns can be very dangerous,
so it's important not to get too close to a Highland cow.
Where are you going?
Is she going to go and try and find more food?
Why are they your favourites?
Because they're very calm and Riona is very, very cute.
She's so cute, with her little curly hair.
And I hear someone special is going to visit Riona.
-The vet is coming later on.
-Just to make sure she's nice and healthy?
That's exciting. I can't wait for that.
Isla and Riona are two beautiful Highland cows.
Rory, can you give us some more facts about our hairy friends, here?
They're coming to say hello. Hi.
Of course, Fern.
Male Highland cows are called bulls.
Females are called cows and baby Highland cows are called calves.
Highland cows come in lots of different colours, like red,
black and white.
Highland cows can spend up to eight hours a day eating.
That's a lot of food.
The long fringe between a Highland cow's horns is
called a dossan.
That's a funny word.
Highland cows have very long tongues that help them to eat
tasty grass or lick their nose.
Highland cows are used to living in all sorts of weather conditions
and they're pretty good at looking after themselves.
If it gets a little bit wet, they can take shelter under some nearby trees.
Katie, what do you do to look after your cows?
Every morning, we always go up the hill and check them.
That's a good idea, in case any of them are sick or need help.
-That's nice. Do you give them any special food?
-What do you give them?
-These cow nuts.
These cow nuts are perfect.
They're full of lovely vitamins for them to keep them nice and healthy.
-Shall we give her some now? She looks hungry.
-Are you ready, Isla?
-Here's your food. Whoa!
-Whoa, they're very hungry.
She is, isn't she? She likes those.
-What do cows drink, Katie?
-Shall we get them some?
OK, come on.
-Shall we go?
-Where shall we put it, Katie?
-This is where we put it.
In there? OK.
You let me know if I'm doing it right.
-Do you think that's enough water, Katie?
It's important that when you approach Highland cows, you don't
make too much noise or wave your arms about, in case you give them
a fright and they run away.
-Riona is so small and cute, Katie.
-Getting big and starting to nibble on some grass.
-Oh, is she?
-Does she lick the grass?
-Well, what if we make her something special.
-A cow cake!
-A cow cake.
That sounds nice.
What should we put in this cow cake?
-Pink flowers, buttercups and daisies.
-Yes. And hay.
-And hay. That sounds yummy. Shall we go?
-See you soon, Isla.
-They are getting really long.
-It's so pretty.
What about these little feathery feather grass?
-A bumblebee. Getting the pollen.
-Wow, look at it.
-It's got pollen.
-Very big bee, isn't she?
Is this one of your favourite colours, Katie?
-Yeah, and pink.
-And pink. There's some big daisies there.
Yeah. And to finish this yummy cake, we'll have a sprinkle of...
Yummy cow nuts. Let's go.
Katie, you are so lucky to have such beautiful animals.
Now, we all know that Highland cows are very good at looking after
themselves, but if your Highland cows could get up to anything,
what do you think they would do?
If my pet could do anything, he will get on a plane
and go to town.
He will go into a shop and buy a pink handbag.
Then he'll go to a hairdressers and he'll get a pink bow on her tail.
Then he'll get the bus home.
Just like all animals, it's important to get them checked over by a vet,
just to make sure that they're nice and healthy.
Isla and Riona are a bit too big to take to the vets,
so the local vet, Rhona, has come to check if they're OK. Hi, Rhona.
-Hi, Fern. Hi, Katie.
I heard that Isla had had a calf, so I've come to see her.
-What's her name?
-When did Isla have Riona?
Five weeks ago.
-You have to be careful when a cow has a calf, don't you?
It's very important not to go too close,
because they can be very protective of their calves
and it's important not to go between the cow and her calf,
otherwise mummy will be worried.
-She's keeping a good eye on Riona now, isn't she?
I think she's very fond of her calf.
I'm not surprised. She's beautiful.
Katie, we'll stay here while Rhona goes to check on Isla and Riona.
-What a lovely calf. Did you choose her name?
-No, Daddy did.
-It's a beautiful name, isn't it?
And I can see that Isla has lots of creamy milk there for Riona,
and Riona has a lovely full tummy.
I can see that there, and she's got a lovely moist nose.
That shows that she's nice and healthy.
-Is that her beginning to nibble some grass, too?
-She's got lots of lovely clover to eat.
-Is Isla's nose OK?
Isla's nose is lovely and wet, yes. She's a happy girl.
-That's great, isn't it, Katie? Thank you very much, Rhona.
Now, I think Isla and Riona were really good for that checkup,
do you? They were nice and still, so shall we give them a treat?
-Yeah. Cow cake.
-Yeah, let's go get it.
Isla, Riona! We've got your cake.
Here we go. I hope she likes it.
Riona might have a sniff.
-Go on, Riona. That's your cake.
-Oh, she eats it.
-I think she likes the blossoms.
You can't eat the bucket, Riona. Isla!
What a greedy guts!
I think they like their cow cake. Do you think it was a success?
Best cow bakers in the world.
Katie, thank you so much for introducing me to your cows.
They are fantastic. I've really loved it. Thank you, cows.
My pet and me.
-Hi, Fern. How was your day?
-Oh, it was great.
I had such a brilliant time with my new friends.
What do you think of my work here?
I think it's looking really tidy and the goats are happy. Good job.
-Thank you very much.
-Pets are great, but you shouldn't touch any animals
unless the owner says its OK.
Two pets you definitely can play with, are ours.
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Ferne visits Katy and her highland cows at her croft. They see her favourite cow and calf, Isla and Riona. They give them food and fresh water, before making Riona a cow cake - yum! Then the local vet comes to check how Riona the calf is doing.