William D the Donkey My Pet and Me


William D the Donkey

Series showing children what it really means to have a pet. Ferne visits a donkey sanctuary and meets Darcey, who sponsors one of the donkeys called William D.


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Hello! Welcome to My Pet And Me.

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-I'm Ferne.

-And I'm Rory.

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-We've just been walking D'Artagnan here.

-Isn't he gorgeous?

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We like to make sure that all the animals get plenty of fresh air and

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-exercise.

-And lots of water, too.

-Yes, very important.

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Lots of animals make excellent pets, and we love meeting you and yours.

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And, on that note, I'm off to meet some new friends now.

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You can come too if you like.

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-Bye, guys.

-Bye.

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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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Today, I'm just outside Leeds

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to meet Darcy and a very special donkey.

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Come on, let's go say hello.

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Hello. You must be Darcy.

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-Yeah.

-And you must be Mum.

-Hello, Ferne.

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And who is this?

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That's William D.

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Oh, hello, William D.

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He's a beautiful donkey.

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Lovely to meet you.

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-And what's your favourite thing about William D?

-Brushing him.

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Brushing him. Why do you like brushing him?

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-He's so soft.

-He is very, very soft.

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I love big cuddles.

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Super-cuddly donkey!

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I see lots of other donkeys.

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Yes. It's a donkey centre.

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A donkey centre?

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A donkey centre, or sanctuary, is a place where donkeys come if they

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don't have a home any more or if they haven't been looked after very

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-well. So how often do you come to the visit William D?

-Once a month.

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-That is great. And you help to look after him, don't you?

-Yeah.

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He's gorgeous. I love him.

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And what are these big things?

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His ears.

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-They are massive, aren't they?

-Yeah.

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Sometimes donkeys spread out very far away from each other, but they

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can always hear the other donkeys by using their nice big ears.

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-It's very clever.

-Yes.

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Donkeys love company and often they have other donkey best friends.

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-Does William D have a best friend?

-Yes. Tinker.

-Tinker.

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Oh, this is Tinker, here.

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-Hello, Tinker.

-He is lovely.

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-And are you William D's friend, too?

-Yes.

-That is great.

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Donkeys are very gentle animals that make special friendships with

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people as well as other donkeys. Rory, can you tell us some facts

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about donkeys like William D here?

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Of course, Ferne.

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A male donkey is called a Jack,

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a female donkey is called a Jenny,

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and a baby donkey is called a foal.

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They are very social animals and usually like to live in

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a group called a herd.

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All donkeys make a sound called a bray,

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and this is how they communicate with each other.

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Donkeys are very strong and they are often used to help pull

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or carry heavy things.

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William D is one of many donkeys here at the sanctuary,

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and each and every one of them need lots of love and care.

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Darcy, what do you do to help look after William D?

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-Brush him.

-OK.

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And why do we need to brush him so much?

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-He'll get messy.

-Does he get a bit dirty?

-Yeah.

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-And brushing helps to get the dirt out?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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-Well, should I hand you a brush and we can start?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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So, if you brush him along there...

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This is great.

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-We have to make him nice and fluffy.

-Nice and fluffy.

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Brushing is also good for a donkey's skin, and it helps

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keep their coat nice and shiny. Do you like brushing William D?

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He has to be nice and shiny.

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He likes that. Don't you?

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He definitely does.

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I can see patches of brown on his white coat.

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-Can you tell me what that's called?

-Skewbald.

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That's right, it's called skewbald. There are lots of different

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coloured donkeys here. We have some skewbald ones, we've got

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chestnut brown, we've got white and we've got grey. There's lots!

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Well, I think we're done brushing. What else do we need to do to

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-look after William D?

-Check his hooves.

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Yes, that's really important.

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How's that looking, Darcy?

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Good.

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There we go.

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-Very mucky, Ferne!

-Yeah.

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Well done, William D.

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Darcy, what else do we need to do?

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-Drinking water.

-That's right. We need to get him some water.

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-Should we go?

-Yeah.

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-Right. There's good, isn't it?

-Yes. Let's put it on.

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And turn it off.

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Go!

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Here you go, William D.

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So William D has been munching on straw all morning,

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he's got lots of yummy grass to graze on

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and now he's got some water.

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But one more thing, Darcy, where does he sleep?

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-Come on, I'll show you.

-OK. Come on.

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He sleeps here.

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Sometimes he sleeps here, in this grassy paddock?

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What a lucky donkey! Come on.

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He sleeps here.

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He sleeps here as well?

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In this sandy bit?

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I bet he rolls around in here too.

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Let's go this way.

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OK. Come on, come on.

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And he sleeps here.

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He sleeps here too? Wow!

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Lots of places for him to choose from.

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-And there's lots of shelter for him.

-Yes.

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It's very important that donkeys have access to shelter

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in case it's cold and wet outside. One last question, Darcy -

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-what do we need to do?

-Wash our hands.

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It's important to exercise your pet, and William D is lucky because

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there's a huge field here for him to walk around.

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But what else can we do to make sure he gets exercise?

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-Ride him.

-That's a great idea.

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What do we have to say to get William D to walk?

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-Walk on.

-OK. Walk on, William D.

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Darcy, what other commands does William D know?

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-Whoa!

-Whoa!

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-That means to stop, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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Donkeys have very wide backs so they need their own special saddles and

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bridles if you want to ride them.

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-William D has a blue one.

-Yes.

-How do we get him to move again?

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Say walk on.

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Walk on, William D.

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Good boy. He's great!

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Yes.

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Donkeys have very good memories and they often remember places

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that they've been before.

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Do you think William D remembers this walk?

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Yes.

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You are one smart donkey, William D.

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-I had a lovely time out on our donkey ride. Did you?

-Yeah.

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It's fantastic that William D can remember all the places he's been.

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If William D could do absolutely anything, what would he do?

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If William D could do anything

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he'd make a cake.

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First, he would wash his hooves...

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and put on an apron.

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He'd make lovely carrot cake -

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his favourite -

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and help with the washing up.

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Myself and Darcy have a big secret to tell you.

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Come here! Come here!

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What's the secret?

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-It's William D's birthday.

-Yeah.

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It's William D's birthday so, to celebrate,

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-we're going to have a surprise party for him. Aren't we?

-Yeah.

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-But shhh!

-Shhh!

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-It's a big secret.

-Big secret.

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-Shall we get ready?

-Yeah.

-Come on.

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I'm going to check your tummy.

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Donkey tummy!

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And what about your tail?

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-Tail.

-Looks good.

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Can't forget your...

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Ears!

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Yeah. Here we go.

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Party, party! Ee-aw!

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Ee-aw!

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Let's go decorate.

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Come on.

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Let's fix the balloons on.

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-How's it looking?

-Good.

-Yeah?

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What do you think? Hmmm...

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Come on, Ferne.

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Come on!

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FERNE SIGHS

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Good.

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Happy birthday!

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CHEERING

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This is a special donkey cake that the sanctuary made, and it's

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got high-fibre chaff, some pony nuts and their favourite biscuits on top.

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It's going to be yummy.

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-Hi, Billy.

-Hi, Billy.

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Welcome to the party.

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Hi, Tinker.

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Hi, Cloud.

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Welcome to the party.

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Wow! This looks great!

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-We are definitely ready for a donkey party, aren't we?

-Yes.

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But who are we missing?

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-William D!

-The birthday boy! Shall we call him in?

-Yeah.

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Come on, William D!

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There he comes.

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-Surprise!

-Surprise!

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Here's your cake. Enjoy it.

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We hope you like your party.

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-Shall we leave them to enjoy their cake?

-Yeah.

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-Yeah, OK. Have fun!

-Have fun!

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I think they're having fun.

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They're eating the hay.

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Yeah, they're eating everything.

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Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

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I think Cloud's coming to say thank you.

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Thanks for coming!

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Good job. High five.

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This has been such a great donkey party.

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I've had a really fun day.

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Thank you very much for inviting me.

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You're welcome.

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Ooh!

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-Hi, Rory.

-Hi, Ferne.

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Hiya, Hector.

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-How was your day?

-Oh, it was fantastic.

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-I had a great time with my friends. It was really fun.

-Great.

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I've been catching up on some cuddle time with Hector.

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I can see that. He's loving it. Pets are great but, remember,

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you shouldn't touch an animal unless the owner says it's OK first.

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Two pets you CAN play with though are ours - go to the CBeebies

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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 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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-Bye...

-Bye!

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Ferne visits a donkey sanctuary and meets Darcey, who sponsors one of the donkeys called William D. Darcey shows Ferne his stable and what he likes to eat and drink. As a treat for all the donkeys, Ferne and Darcey make a donkey cake and have a party!