Ginger the Millipede My Pet and Me


Ginger the Millipede

Series showing children what it really means to have a pet. Rory visits Sophie and her pet millipede, Ginger. They find out the sort of things a millipede eats.


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-Hello, welcome to My Pet And Me. I'm Rory.

-And I'm Ferne.

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We hoped you'd join us cos we're catching up with

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some cuddles with little Biscuit here.

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Yes, we are. She's so cute!

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Oh, I know.

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Lots of animals make brilliant pets

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-and we love meeting you and yours.

-We do. What are your plans today?

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I'm off to meet some new friends and you can come with me, too.

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-Come on, let's go.

-Have fun!

-Bye!

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Say bye-bye. "Bye!"

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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 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 in Chorley to meet Sophie

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and her very wriggly pet, a millipede.

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This is exciting. Come on, let's go and say hello.

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-Hi, Sophie.

-Hello, Rory.

-And you must be Mum. Hello.

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-Hi, Rory.

-Would you like to come in?

-Definitely!

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Who is this?

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-Ginger.

-Wow.

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Shall we get a good look at her?

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-Yes.

-Are you going to take her out?

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Wow, what sort of creature is Ginger?

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A Giant African millipede.

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She is absolutely beautiful.

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Look at her wriggling around.

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-How does it feel when she walks on your hand?

-Tickly.

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How come you're not laughing, then?

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How quickly does she move?

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-It's quite fast.

-Really fast.

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What does she feel like on the back?

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-Hard.

-Yeah.

-It's got rings.

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Yeah, it does, doesn't it? Lots of little segments.

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And her feet, do they feel soft and gentle?

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-Yeah.

-She's very gentle indeed.

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-Can I hold on to her, please?

-Yeah.

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Now, I know we're having a good look at Ginger just now, but it's

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important not to hold a millipede for too long.

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What an impressive creature.

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She looks a bit like an earthworm on top, with all those segments.

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But then you see these amazing legs wandering along.

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-Yeah.

-There are so many.

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Millipede actually means 1,000 feet,

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but Ginger doesn't have quite as many as that.

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-It'd be expensive for shoes, wouldn't it?

-Yeah.

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Look at all these feet.

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Imagine how much you'd have to spend!

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I'd like to get a closer look at Ginger underneath so we can see

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those feet moving, so let's pop her back into this viewing pot, yeah?

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That's it.

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All the way, Ginger.

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This'll let us get a good look.

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-Yeah.

-Let's hold it nice and high.

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Wow. What does that look like?

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-The sea.

-Yeah, all those legs moving like a wave.

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Show me a wave with your arm.

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A wave of legs going from the back to the front.

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That is very cool.

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What do you love most about her?

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-She's helpful and she can play with me.

-Why is she helpful?

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Because she digs around the soil.

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Like millipedes in this country. We don't have African millipedes,

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-but we've got our own.

-Yeah.

-They eat all the old food

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and recycle it back into the soil. Nature's recyclers.

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You guys are great. Well, I think she is absolutely magnificent.

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Ferne, can you give us some fun facts

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-about our multi-footed millipede friends here?

-Of course, Rory.

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One, millipedes breathe through special holes in their tummies.

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Two, millipedes have very bad eyesight

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and some types can't see at all.

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Three, the giant African millipede is so big that it has the nickname

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jungle train. Choo-choo!

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-CHILDREN:

-Care time.

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There are lots of different kinds of millipede all over the world

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and they all need warm, damp places to live.

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So, if you have them as pets,

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you need to keep them in a special tank.

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Do you know what it's called? It's a vivarium.

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That's a special home for animals

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that need to live in warmer temperatures.

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That's perfect, because it keeps Ginger

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nice and cosy while we play hide and seek.

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-Yeah.

-Did you know where she's hiding?

-Under the bark,

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where she ALWAYS hides!

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-Always? Which one? This one?

-The biggest one.

-That one?

-Yeah.

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Let's have a look and see if you're right.

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You were. There she is!

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There we go, well done. Now, we have got lots of food here.

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-What have we got?

-Strawberries,

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mushrooms, cucumber and apple core.

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Now, this apple core looks a bit brown.

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Is this what we should be feeding your pet? Why?

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Because a millipede likes rotten food and normal food.

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That's pretty cool, isn't it?

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Millipede are detritivores,

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which means they eat dead or dying plants,

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but they still need new food from time to time.

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Let's start chopping some of this stuff. What you going for?

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-Strawberry.

-OK, I'm going to do some mushrooms.

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OK. I'm going to do one of these apple cores.

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Good. Some cucumber now.

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Right, you do one more mushroom and then we'll pop all this in.

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-We don't want her having too much, do we?

-She'll get fat!

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Shall we hide the food in there, then Ginger comes and finds it?

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That is a brilliant idea.

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Let's see where we can hide it. Where shall we put them, here?

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In the soil. One can go on top...

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of a piece of bark.

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One under.

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Then one in a corner.

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What should I do with these mushrooms? Treat it like a pizza

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and sprinkle them on top?

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-Yeah.

-Sprinkle, sprinkle.

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-What is this here?

-Cuttlefish.

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Why do you have that in the tank?

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-So it can give the millipede calcium.

-Yes, excellent.

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Millipedes have a hard outside shell, called an exoskeleton,

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a bit like the bones of our body, but on the outside, and the calcium

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from cuttlefish bones help keep that strong. How often do you feed her?

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-Once a week.

-OK.

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Right, that looks good. Anything else we need to do?

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Go outside and get some moss and bark and stuff to play on.

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Oh, great, let's go and get it.

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Some bark. These are good, aren't they?

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Right, let's take them back.

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Oh, look. Some nice damp moss.

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That's ideal. Right, come on, let's go this way.

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Dead leaves - perfect.

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Right. Let's pop all this stuff in.

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-Where will I put it?

-Put the bark over this corner, because we're

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making a playground for the floor.

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OK, now...leaves or moss?

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Leaves. So the leaves go over this area.

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Then you put the moss around that.

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-On top of this one?

-Yeah.

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-Well, I think that looks fantastic. What do you think?

-It's good.

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-Will Ginger like it?

-Yeah.

-Shall we let her have a look?

-Yes.

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Let's lift this up and see if she wants to come and have a look see?

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I think Ginger loves her new play park.

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Good job!

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-CHILDREN:

-Wash your hands!

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-I think Ginger will enjoy those apple cores, don't you?

-Yes.

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If you had as many legs as Ginger, what would you do?

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-I'd play football.

-That sounds like fun!

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If Ginger could do anything, what do you think she would do?

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DRUMROLL

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If my pet could do anything,

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she would play basketball,

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with a giant ball.

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And pass it along all her legs...

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..keeping it up in the air.

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Then she'd do a handstand,

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with all her legs waving in the air.

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Sophie, I love your idea of playing football if you had as many legs as

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-Ginger but I still don't know what I'D do.

-I've got an idea.

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-Oh, what is it?

-Follow me.

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-Look at all these people! Hi, everyone. ALL:

-Hi, Rory!

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-What are they all doing here?

-We're playing millipede football

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-on the football pitch.

-Oh, that sounds like fun.

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Let's get started!

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Sophie and her school friends need to get their team bibs on first.

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OK, guys, it's millipede time.

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We need the head up here - that's you, Sophie.

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We've got to pop the antennae on.

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Looks marvellous. There's one ball and you all have to act as one

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millipede. You need to try and get this ball in that goal.

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-Are you ready? ALL:

-Yeah!

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Let's do this!

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Go! Go, millipede, go on!

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Go.

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Goal!

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Next one, I'm going to header it out. Go, millipede!

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Another goal!

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Let's go, the goal is up here.

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The millipede's running down the pitch. That's it, stay together,

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stay together, millipede.

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Oh, goal!

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Yes!

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Right, guys, everybody line up.

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That's good. What we'll try now is to make a big spiral.

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When a millipede is frightened, it curls up into a tight spiral.

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-Think you can do that? ALL:

-Yeah!

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Team leader, go - let's make a spiral!

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Slowly, slowly, slowly.

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Well done, perfect - just like a millipede

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when it's curled up into a tight spiral,

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with its head in the middle and its hard shell on the outside.

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Nice and safe. Well done.

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-Have you had fun being a millipede today? ALL:

-Yeah!

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I've had great fun being a millipede today.

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-I can't wait to tell Ginger all about it. ALL:

-Yeah!

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Oh, Ginger,

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you should have seen how much fun we had this afternoon.

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Sophie, thank you for introducing me

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to your millipede, Ginger. She's brilliant.

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Thank you for coming, Rory.

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You are welcome.

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-Hi, Ferne. Hi, Bagel.

-Hi, Rory. Looks like you've had a great day.

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-What have you been up to?

-It was awesome. I had so much fun

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-with my new friends.

-Fantastic. I've been giving Bagel a brush.

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-She looks great.

-Thanks!

-Pets are brilliant, but remember,

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don't touch an animal unless the owner says it's OK.

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But two pets you CAN play with are ours.

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Go on the CBeebies website and play the My Pet And Me game.

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Thanks for joining us. We hope you've had fun, too.

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# Today we met

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# A lovely pet

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# We seen 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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-ALL:

-Bye!

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Rory visits Sophie and her pet millipede, Ginger. They clean out the vivarium and find out the sort of things a millipede eats. Later they go to Sophie's school and meet her classmates, who all join together to look like a millipede!


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