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-Hello. Welcome to My Pet And Me. I'm Ferne.
-And I'm Rory.
We've been getting ready for the animals.
We make sure they have food and water.
And a comfy place to sleep.
Lots of different animals make excellent pets,
-and we love meeting you and yours.
-We certainly do.
I'm off to meet some new friends. You can come, if you like?
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# Down every street
# Are pets to meet
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# 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 bark, some purr
# Some moo, some grunt, some squawk
# Some cock-a-doodle-do!
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We're in Chesham, to meet Leah and her pet lovebirds.
Let's go find them.
-You must be Leah. Lovely to meet you.
-And hi, Mum.
-What is that noise I hear?
-It's my lovebirds.
Ah, they're very loud, aren't they? Can we go see them?
-CHILDREN: Yes. OK.
-Come on, Ferne.
Leah, they are beautiful.
That one's Marigold.
That one's Peter.
-Shall we let them out?
-I would love to. Will they come and say hello?
I think so.
-Do you like letting them out to fly around?
It's important to have a safe area where they can
-fly around - they need lots of exercise, don't they?
-How often do you let your birds fly around the room?
-It's good for them, isn't it?
Do you think they'll come and say hello in a minute?
They're gorgeous. Hello. Hi.
I can't see what colour they are. What colours are they?
Marigold's yellow with a reddy peachy coloured head,
and Peter's head is a bit darker.
-That's how you tell the difference?
-Do you know what kind they are?
A perfect name for them! They've got lovely big peachy faces.
-Do you think that Peter and Marigold are best friends?
-How do you know?
-They snuggle up together.
-And do they get all fluffy?
Lovebirds are very sociable,
and they form really strong bonds and friendships.
And they can get really close to people, too.
Leah, what is your favourite thing about having lovebirds?
Because they land on your head.
-They do, don't they?
-And nibble your hair.
Do you know what type of bird a lovebird is?
-The smallest parrots.
-Yeah, that's right.
Peach-faced lovebirds are some of the smallest types of parrots,
and you can get nine different types of lovebirds.
The peach-faced, like these, are some of the most colourful.
And noisy, I reckon. And how old are your lovebirds?
Just over two.
-That's still quite young, isn't it?
Leah, your lovebirds are fantastic. They're so friendly and curious.
Rory, can you tell us more facts about our feathery friends?
BIRDS CHEEP AND CHATTER
Of course, Ferne.
One. There are lots of different types of lovebirds,
and they all have different patterns and colours.
Two. As lovebirds grow up,
they like to find a friend who they will stay with for ever.
Isn't that lovely?
Three. Lovebirds like to feed each other
by putting pieces of food into their friends' beaks.
It looks like they're kissing!
Four. Adult lovebirds are very colourful,
but baby lovebirds tend to be born grey,
and they don't get their colours till they're a bit older.
Like lots of pets, lovebirds need careful looking after.
So what do we have to do to look after Marigold and Peter?
-You have to clean their cage.
-Wow. That sounds like hard work.
-Shall we get started?
-Can your mum help me?
It's important to have an adult to help you,
because bird poo can be harmful.
-What we have to do now?
-You clean the bars.
-How often do you clean out their cage?
-Once a week.
Make it nice and shiny.
-Do you think they like getting their cage clean?
I think these bars are looking good. What do we have to do now?
You take out the perch and the trays and then take them outside.
To give them a good clean?
-OK, and these trays too, Leah?
Can you take out the bottom trays?
I'll do the squirting, you do the scrubbing.
-I think that looks good.
-How's this looking, Leah?
-This looks nice and shiny. What next, Leah?
-Shall we leave them to dry and get some food and water for them?
-I'll do the food, you do the water.
-Good to go?
Leah, how often do you change their food and water?
-That's very good, isn't it?
-And what do we do next?
-We go and put the cage together.
Yeah, let's go and get the trays.
Let's pop the cage back.
Are we done?
One more thing. Let's put the...
the bath in.
-Do your lovebirds like taking baths?
-What do they do?
They get themselves inside of it.
-Do they splash around?
I think your lovebirds really like their clean home.
-They are very happy.
They're lovely. So curious.
-They really fun, aren't they?
If your lovebirds could do anything, what do you think they would do?
If my pets could do anything, they would go on a treasure hunt.
A big eagle would come along and drop a map for them.
Then they would follow the trail of feathers on the map,
and meet loads of their birdy friends on the way.
And search for the treasure.
And when they found the treasure, at the bottom of our garden,
it would be a huge sunflower, and they could eat all of the seeds.
Leah, your lovebirds have loads of toys.
They need them because they're very playful.
They are, they're VERY playful, and they're very intelligent.
So they have lots of toys to stop them being bored.
-Which is their favourite?
-I think it might be their swing.
-This one here?
Yeah. Because I think they sleep on it.
-Do they cuddle together and sleep on their swing?
I have an idea. Let's make them a new toy.
That is such a good idea, and they sound excited.
Let's make it outside, so it's a surprise.
That is a really good idea. Let's go.
Leah, this looks great. Where shall we get started?
-A coconut shell.
-Are we going to do a ladder?
-Yeah, let's make a long ladder.
-Do you think your lovebirds will like it?
We need things that are nice and safe and clean for your lovebirds. Why?
Otherwise they'll chew them and get sick.
-Yeah, they nibble everything, your lovebirds.
-That's looking good. What else shall we put on?
-Let's put on this.
-Will they chew that?
-I think so.
-A pine cone?
-Why don't we put some fruit on as a treat?
-Let's put some pepper on.
Some sweet potato.
Do you want to put that on? Yum, yum, yum.
-These are nice healthy treats for your lovebirds.
-We can't forget the millet.
-Let's sprinkle some in the nest.
-OK. You sprinkle.
-Put this through here.
-That is perfect.
-I think Marigold and Peter will love it.
-So do I.
-Let's go and give it to them.
Do you want to open it? Make sure they can't see!
-Is that all right?
-Yes! But just shut it.
Ooh, look, Marigold's coming to have a look at it.
I think she likes it. She's nibbling!
And it's funny, isn't it -
-when they look at things, they turn their heads sideways.
What do you think they're saying? "What is that?"
I think they're saying, "I like this. I'll have a nibble."
Having another nibble.
Peter's turn for a nibble.
-It's a tasty toy.
I think your lovebirds really like their new toy.
Thank you very much for inviting me to meet them. They're fantastic.
I've had such an amazing time.
My pet and me!
-Hi, Ferne. 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?
It's looking tidy, and the goats are happy.
-Pets are great,
but you shouldn't touch any animals unless the owner says it's OK.
Two pets you definitely CAN play with are ours.
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We just love meeting you and your pets.
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Ferne meets Leah and her lovebirds. Leah lets the lovebirds out of their cage to fly around the room and they land on Ferne's head! Together, they clean out the cage and then decide to make the lovebirds a new toy for their cage made from sticks and millet seeds. The lovebirds love it!