Peacock Palace My Pet and Me


Peacock Palace

Series showing children what it really means to have a pet. Ferne meets Usman and Cerys at a palace in Perthshire. They find lots of peafowl at the palace.


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-Welcome to My Pet And Me. I'm Ferne.

-I'm Rory.

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We're about to give Gerty her dinner.

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We have to remember to feed all the hungry animals every day.

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-Plenty of water too.

-That's true. Very important.

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Lots of animals make brilliant pets and we love

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-coming to meet you and yours.

-We do.

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What are you up to today?

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I'm about to meet new friends, and you can come along too.

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-See you later.

-See you.

-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

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# Are pets to meet

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# Some big, some small

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# 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 at a palace in Perth, Scotland,

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that's home to some beautiful peacocks and peahens,

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and I'll meet some new friends

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and we're going to find out all about them.

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Hi, guys. You must be Usman and Cerys.

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-Hi.

-Hi.

-It is lovely to meet you.

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-And you must be their mums. Hi.

-Hi, Ferne.

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I hear there are some colourful birds

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wandering around this palace. Should we try and find some?

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-Yeah.

-Come on.

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Bye.

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SQUAWK, SQUAWK!

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-Hi, Carol.

-Hi, Ferne.

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Hi!

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-How are you?

-I'm good. How are you guys?

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Good.

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-What are you doing?

-I'm tidying up the leaves,

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but normally I look after the peacocks and peahens.

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That is amazing! What a great job. How many do you have?

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We have about 11 peafowl here.

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That is great. Peafowl is a term used

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to describe both males and females.

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The males are peacocks and the females are peahens.

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What is your favourite thing about them?

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I like the colours of their feathers.

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I like their legs.

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They've got really long legs. And do they have a funny walk?

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They just do one step at a time.

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A bit of a strut, isn't it?

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The males have these magnificent colours

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to try and attract the females.

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You'll see the peahens are a bit less colourful,

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and their feathers are also shorter.

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Peacocks have an average of 150 tail feathers, and once a year

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they shed them, so there's space for more.

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Do you think we'll find some of the ones they shed?

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-Yeah!

-I hope so. Do the peafowl roam around freely?

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They do cos it's easy to get food, and when it's very heavy rain,

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they like to go under the trees for shelter.

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Peacocks are also very self-sufficient -

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they can get things easily themselves -

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so we just check up on them and give them food.

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That's really important.

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Peafowl live for around 15 years and they are social birds,

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so it's great there's a bunch so they can hang out together.

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-Do they fly?

-They can fly, but they are very, very big,

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so they can't stay in the air for long. Their flights are short,

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normally on to a branch where they sleep or to escape a sneaky fox.

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Rory, tell us more facts about these beautifully-coloured birds.

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Of course, Ferne.

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A group of peacocks is known as a muster or an ostentation.

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Male peacocks are best known for their amazing tail feathers,

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which is often called plumage.

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They like to stand them up and form a lovely big fan to show them off.

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Isn't it beautiful?

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Peacock feathers make up half of their body length

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and they're classed as one of the largest flying birds in the world.

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Peafowl need care and attention

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just like lots of other birds and animals.

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Carol and the team take care of all the peacocks and peahens,

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and there's lots of visitors every day to the estate,

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so the birds always have plenty of food.

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-Yeah.

-Yes.

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It's wonderful these birds get so much care,

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so what can we do to help?

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Right now, you can clean out this bowl for me

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and fill it full of fresh seeds for them.

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-We can do that, can't we?

-Yeah!

-Yeah.

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-I'll go turn on the water for you.

-Thank you.

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-Ready, Carol.

-OK.

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Wait, there's a peacock that's looking for food!

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-He's not going to come for a bath?

-Maybe!

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Make it nice and shiny.

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This is going to look so much better soon.

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Me and Cerys are going to wipe the rest.

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Carol, you can put the water off now.

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-OK, Ferne!

-Thank you.

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-Right, shall we give this a little wipe down?

-Yeah!

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This is looking so much better.

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-Yeah.

-I think we're super cleaners.

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Guys, what goes in here?

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Food!

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-Will you put them in?

-Yeah!

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There you go.

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Peafowl eat lots of different things like grains, nuts, seeds, fruit,

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and sometimes even insects.

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-What do we need to do now?

-Wash our hands!

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That is right.

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Do you think they'll enjoy their nice tasty seeds?

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-Yeah!

-How about we leave it here for them and let's go?

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-Yeah.

-OK, come on.

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Look, they've found the food!

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I think he enjoyed that.

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Now we've finished feeding the peafowl,

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local vet Fiona has arrived to give them a checkup.

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-Look at those.

-They're beautiful, aren't they?

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And look at Alexander, he's a bit different -

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he's a white peacock.

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Fiona, what are you looking for with these peafowl?

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I'm looking at the behaviour of the peacocks,

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the condition of their feathers and the skin on their legs.

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The way they're naturally preening is good.

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They do that to remove dirt and keep their feathers healthy.

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Why aren't you picking them up to look over?

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If we felt one had a problem with its feet or feathers

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we'd have to catch them, but we try to avoid stress.

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It's just a general check to see they're looking healthy.

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We can get a rough idea of if they get enough food...

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-They're looking good?

-Great, yes.

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Fantastic. They've got shiny feathers,

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the skin on their legs is healthy - we've got some happy peacocks.

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My Pet And Me!

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I think the peacocks and peahens here are very lucky

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because there's so much space. What do you think they get up to?

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Running around.

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Play hide and seek.

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That sounds like so much fun.

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But if the peacocks and peahens could do absolutely anything,

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what would they do?

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If they could do anything...

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..they would be ballroom dancers.

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They would twirl around and around...

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..and their colourful tails would twinkle in the lights.

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Now the peacocks and peahens are happy, fed and roaming around,

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we should play a game.

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-Yeah!

-But we're going to need some friends first.

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Come on, friends.

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-Hi, Ferne!

-Hi, Ferne.

-Hi.

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You must be Paris and Greg. I'm so glad you guys could join us.

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Now, I've found lots of peacock feathers

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and I've hidden them in a maze.

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Shall we see how many we can find?

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-Yeah!

-Shall we do that?

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-Yeah!

-OK, let's go, quick!

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This maze is fun!

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I wonder how many peacock feathers they'll find.

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There's one!

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They can't find a way to go!

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Keep your eyes peeled.

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Have a look. Have a look.

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Well done, everyone.

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Whoo! Well spotted.

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Go, go, go, go, go!

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Yeah, we made it through the maze!

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-Well, that was amazing.

-Yeah.

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Wasn't it? It was so much fun. We've got lots and lots of feathers.

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-Do you know what I was thinking that we could make?

-What?

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Peacock masks!

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Yeah!

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-Shall we go and do that?

-Yeah!

-Come on.

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We've got all of the outlines of our masks nice and ready.

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-Do you think they look good?

-Yeah.

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-Shall we cut them out?

-Yeah.

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-I'm keeping the lines.

-You're doing really, really well.

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Just a little bit in there.

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Remember to always get help from an adult when using scissors.

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-Shall we start decorating them?

-Yeah!

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-I'm putting glitter on the cheeks.

-That's lovely.

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That's a really nice idea.

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Are you putting a crown on?

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Pompoms on.

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One for there, one for there.

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So the next thing that we need to do, and we cannot forget it...

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-Peacock feathers!

-Shall we stick some of these on?

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-Yeah!

-Can you tell me what these are called?

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-Eyes.

-That's right, they're called eyes.

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They're at the top of the male peacock's feathers.

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-What do you think they do with them?

-They show them off to the peahens.

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That is exactly right.

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They can have 150 of these and they just wave them around like that.

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It's like a big hello, isn't it? Look at me!

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Make sure that they're properly stuck down.

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These are looking fantastic.

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-Shall we try them on?

-Yeah!

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-Do you think the peacocks will be impressed with these?

-Yeah!

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Definitely.

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What do you think of our masks?

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Hello!

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Are you doing peacock walks?

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He's coming to have a look as well. THEY LAUGH

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Hi. What do you think of our masks?

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I bet they think our masks look fantastic.

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I had so much fun meeting all of you.

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It was brilliant, and we learnt so much about the beautiful birds,

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-didn't we?

-Yeah.

-Thank you very, very much.

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Oh, hug!

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Oh, no!

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SQUAWK, SQUAWK!

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My Pet And Me!

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-Hi, Rory.

-Hi, Ferne. How was your day?

-It was fantastic.

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I made some really great friends and had such a fun day.

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I've been busy cleaning out the stables.

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-It's looking great, well done.

-Thank you.

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Remember not to touch an animal unless the owner says it's OK first.

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Two pets you definitely can play with, though, are ours.

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Go to the CBeebies website and play the game.

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What a fantastic time we've had. We 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've played with your pet

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# 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, 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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Bye!

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Ferne meets Usman and Cerys at a palace in Perthshire. They find lots of peafowl at the palace and meet a lady called Carol, who looks after them all. They help Carol to feed the peafowl and then collect some beautiful peacock feathers!


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