Episode 10 Animal Park


Episode 10

Ben Fogle and Kate Humble explore life at Longleat Estate and Safari Park. A hidden 'carcass-cam' shows what ruthlessly efficient feeding machines the white-backed vultures are.


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-Hello, and welcome to Animal Park. I'm Ben Fogle.

-And I'm Kate Humble,

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and we're out in the East Africa reserve with Honey,

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the female ostrich.

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Now, you may think that she's not looking terribly well,

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but in fact, she's brooding her 18 eggs,

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which would be enough to make anybody exhausted, I'd have thought!

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Those eggs are expected to hatch any day now, and for all we know

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she may well be sitting on some chicks at this very moment,

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so we'll keep you posted.

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We've got lots of other stories coming up from the park,

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and the house and the estate, including...

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The vultures go into a feeding frenzy.

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We'll find out what it's like to be the victim.

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The otter pups have finally learnt to swim,

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but they still like it best in the shallow end.

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And giant cockroaches, monster scorpions and blind mutant fish.

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I'll be getting friendly with the stuff of nightmares.

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But first, we're going up to tiger territory,

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because Sona has a problem.

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He and Kadu have both now reached a grand old age.

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As two of the most elderly tigers in Britain,

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it's very important to keep a close eye on their health.

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Keeper Bob Trollope has been looking after them

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ever since they were youngsters.

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Most of the problems that they do get nowadays is age-related.

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You know, they're both in their twenties,

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Kadu's 21, and Sona's 20,

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so, you know, in tiger years, they are very old-aged pensioners.

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At the moment, Kadu is quite well,

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she's only suffering from a touch of arthritis.

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Sona, on the other hand, has a few ongoing problems,

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including a pancreatic disorder which is kept in check with medication,

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but now Bob's spotted a new problem.

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Unfortunately, Sona is limping,

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so I think it's going to have to be a case of

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asking Duncan to pop down, just to check him over.

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We're lucky, in a way, that we can get him to stand up,

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and show us his claws, so we'll be able to assess properly

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whether he needs his claws trimming,

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or whether it's something higher up in the leg.

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With the tigers, any sign of lameness is particularly worrying.

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It was only a couple of years ago that Kadu almost died

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from a problem with her feet.

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Tigers' claws never stop growing,

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and if they don't wear them down by scratching, or climbing,

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then the claw can start to grow into the pad of the foot.

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That's what happed to Kadu,

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so the keepers and the vet had to knock her out with an anaesthetic,

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and then trim back those ingrown claws.

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Oh, this is really deeply embedded, that's really nasty.

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Can you hold it up, please?

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Unfortunately, the injury had become infected,

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and that had turned to blood poisoning.

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That's going to be causing her severe bacteraemia.

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I think that's...

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-That was embedded...

-You can smell, it stinks.

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..what, three or four centimetres into her pad.

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But that wasn't the worst.

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Halfway through the operation, the anaesthetic became too much for Kadu,

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and she stopped breathing.

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-Is she breathing?

-Only slightly.

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There's always a danger in using an anaesthetic,

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and the more elderly the animal, the greater the risk.

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She isn't breathing, is she?

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-Anything there?

-Yeah, slight.

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Right, just keep doing that, every five seconds, all right?

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Luckily, that time, she did pull through,

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but you can see why Sona's limp is being taken very seriously indeed.

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We'll be back later, when the vet arrives to investigate the problem.

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The proper word for a group of vultures is a venue,

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and Longleat's new venue of ten African white-backed vultures

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are now well settled in their giant aviary.

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Despite appearances, vultures can be rather camera-shy,

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and they're particularly nervous when they're feeding.

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So, today we've set up a couple of remote cameras,

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to try to get some unique footage.

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Lunch has just been put out, it's part of a carcass,

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and we've buried a camera in a box right next to it.

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There's another bolted to the tree directly above.

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Now everything's ready,

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and the keeper in charge of the vultures, Mark Tye,

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has joined me to watch the first live pictures from carcass camp.

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If we press the button so that we can see what image we've got,

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here's what we're getting, a couple of flies around there.

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So are you anticipating they're all going to come down at the same time?

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Obviously, they're very shy. We've had to move that quite a long way.

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No, what would happen is, you will get a more dominant bird,

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will come and check it out first.

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You know, they can be quite wary,

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particularly if it looks like a body of an animal,

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they want to make sure that it's actually dead.

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-Oh, look!

-There we go.

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We can't really see them eating yet. I'm sure their heads will...

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Whoa, we can sort of see bits of wing.

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Look at them all now.

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-This is what I would call a feeding frenzy.

-Yeah, definitely.

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So how long will it take them to polish off this whole carcass?

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-Probably ten minutes.

-That quickly?

-Yeah.

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They're very, very quick at clearing up.

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We've got a great perspective of the heads now,

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-these bald heads that they're so famous for.

-Yes.

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Is there a reason that they're bald?

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Yes, well, obviously, what you wouldn't want in this situation,

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where you're pushing your head into the inside of a carcass,

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is getting all the sort of blood and mess all stuck in your feathers,

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and if they had feathers on their head,

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that would happen, and it would be difficult to clean up.

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Oh! Knocking into the camera,

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but they're not too worried about it at all, are they?

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I noticed a couple of them have pecked it.

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It might look like an eyeball,

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that's one of the first things they tend to eat.

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Is it? Really? Why, is that because it's a soft part?

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It's a soft part, and it's an easy way to get in.

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And will they eat the bones as well?

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They'll eat small bones, but they won't digest these,

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they'll bring them back up in a pellet form,

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with hair and small pieces of bone, similar to an owl.

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We can't really see on this, but it looks like, from here,

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every so often one gets booted out of the back,

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and then comes in and rejoins them.

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Yes, obviously they can only fill so much into their mouth at one point,

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and, you know, a stronger bird will come in and push someone out,

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and then they just literally have to wait their turn for a spot,

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and, you know, dive in there and get some more.

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-So it's a bit like watching a game of rugby?

-Yeah.

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I'm assuming that out in the wild they have a pretty important role.

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Absolutely, I mean, you know, without animals like the scavengers,

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like vultures and jackals and hyenas,

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there'd be a lot of sort of rotting carcasses lying around,

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that would be a big sort of disease risk to the other animals.

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Vultures and that are there to clear up the mess behind everybody else.

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So absolutely vital for other animals.

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Vital for the ecosystem, yeah.

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Mark, thank you very much.

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I think we can say that carcass-cam has been a huge success,

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and thank goodness for vultures.

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Back in tiger territory, Sona the elderly male has been kept indoors for a couple of days' cage rest.

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He was seen limping on his front, right leg

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and now Duncan Williams, the vet, has arrived to find out what can be done.

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In the past, both Sona and Kadu

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have had problems with in-growing claws

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so Duncan's brought the clippers.

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But, as Head of Section Brian Kent knows, just getting a close look is not easy.

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It's very difficult really.

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The bits of meat are just, you know,

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to keep them up so we can have a look at his claws as well.

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If we keep it like that you can always check on them so there's no problem

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because it's not easy to check their claws, you know, how can you get a tiger to show their claws to you?

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The only way to do it is to get them up on the cage with a bit of meat.

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All the big cats here have been trained to take meat chunks from a stick.

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You see, that's getting close, that one's all right.

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I don't think any of them are growing in, no.

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It's not as bad but he is still lame.

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He's probably just hurt his leg out there.

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Sona's claws are not in-grown but they do need trimming.

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Duncan's going to try something crafty.

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One!

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-One!

-LAUGHTER

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How many chunks you got?

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Normally the only way to cut a tiger's nails is when they're under anaesthetic.

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That's the worst one.

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Good boy, come here.

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Has he got an eye on you and an eye on me?

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Now Sona's got wise, but Duncan has trimmed

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the two longest claws

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and he's satisfied with how the tiger's using his leg.

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As he'd been padding around the pens here he hasn't showed too much

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lameness at all so we'll probably get a better idea when he goes out.

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He's probably just injured his leg, he's probably just twisted it. Soft-tissue injury I mean.

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I don't think... I'd be surprised if it's a long-term arthritis problem

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like we've got with Kadu, er, you know, just when you pull

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a muscle yourself, you're a bit sore for a few days and hopefully the rest he's had now will be sufficient

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to get him over it, really.

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It's a good sign that Sona is keen to get out after his few days' rest.

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We're just watching Sona walking out here and

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he's not looking too bad, he's not really showing too much lameness.

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He seemed quite tender when we...

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Just before Brian released him, with the excitement of opening the cage, he did start showing a little bit of

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tenderness and sort of collapsed on his leg but once he's got out it doesn't look too bad at all.

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Again, on the stones he's not very happy

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but on the softer ground he's fine.

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We'll get Brian to increase... He's on a sort of anti-inflammatory,

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a little bit like a sort of aspirin, every day, he's actually on quite a low-maintenance dose at the moment

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so we can put it up to a bit more of a treatment level for a few days, so that'll certainly help.

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Sona's walk is still a little stiff,

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but at his grand age that's only to be expected.

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We'll be following developments in the tiger house later in the series.

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Down by Pet's Corner,

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part of the stable block has been developed into Old Joe's Mine.

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The subterranean theme means that this is the perfect place to exhibit nocturnal animals, like bats.

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But now we've heard they've taken the idea a step further.

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Ooooh! It's all a bit dark and spooky in here.

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I'm in Old Joe's Mine with Old Jo...

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-Hawthorne...

-Thank you!

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keeper here. Now you've been doing a huge amount of work building up the exhibit, haven't you?

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-We have yes, yeah.

-And I think these are the final beasties to go in, is that right?

-They are, yep.

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-They look fearsome. What are they?

-These are imperial scorpions.

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The imperials are one of the biggest

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and you can see they've got those huge pincers at the front.

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-Huge pincers, I'm very glad there's a lid on this box.

-Yeah!

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Now, they're going to be living in this tank here, are they?

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They are, yep.

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-My worry, if I may say so, is that it is very dark in here...

-Yes.

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-It's a little bit chilly...

-Yes.

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It looks a bit sort of, well, dank and moist.

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Is that the right sort of place for keeping scorpions?

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It is, yes. These guys here like to have an area where they can go off

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-and be in the dark, and we've got a heat lamp in there so they'll have the warmth...

-Right.

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..but they also like dark areas to go off and hide into.

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-So they're perfectly adapted...

-Yeah.

-..for Old Joe's Mine.

-Definitely.

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How perfect. Right, I'm going to give these... Where's lovely John?

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John, can I give you those?

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-Present for you.

-Thanks, John.

-Can we see the rest of it?

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Course we can. We've got lots of other things adapted to these kind of conditions.

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Right. Oh, look at this!

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Yes, these guys are very adapted to...

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Every housewife's nightmare!

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Exactly, that was why we put them in a kitchen cupboard, yeah.

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Those are, I think, the biggest cockroaches I've ever seen.

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They are pretty big, yeah.

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-Would you like to see one?

-Well, I would actually.

-Yeah? OK, then.

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They're sort of fascinating in a horrendous sort of way.

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Let's get one out and have a look, then. Here, this is a nice one.

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-There's one right on the door here.

-Let's have this one.

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You are fearless, Jo. Shall I shut that just in case they all jump out?

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These come from South America. Would you like to have a go?

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-They just tickle your hand, they don't do any harm.

-They are tickly.

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And obviously they've got this reputation, cockroaches.

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The minute you say cockroach to someone, they kind of go, "Ugh."

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But it's just that they like hanging out in dark and dank places.

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-So again, perfect for Old Joe's Mine.

-Perfect.

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And in the exhibit here you've got all these sort of

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bits of fruit and things, presumably that's what they're feeding on?

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They will go around and eat...

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In the rainforest, where these come from, they'll actually go around doing a good tidy-up job.

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They'll eat all the old mulchy leaves, old bits of fruit, things that no other animals want to eat.

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-There we are.

-There we go.

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That's it. Nice and closed up. Right, what next?

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Right, these next things are actually adapted to living, over the years, in the dark, complete dark,

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-and these are the cave fish, blind cave fish.

-They're blind?

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They are, yep. If you look at them, you can see that...

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-These come from caves in Mexico.

-Right.

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And what's happened is obviously, over millions of years, these have actually, because they live in

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such dark conditions, they've never had to have any use for eyes.

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-So they've just lost their eyes altogether?

-Can you see there's a place where the eye should be.

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Yeah, you can see that it's almost like the shadow of the eye.

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-That's it, and...

-But no actual eyes.

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Lack of pigmentation. You can see right through their bodies there.

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What's so amazing is you've got, you know, obstacles and things in here, rocks and stuff

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and, I mean, you'd think that if they were totally blind

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they'd just swim into them and end up kind of concussed at the bottom.

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Well, that's why we've partly got them in here

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because if you know the workings of the bats, as you do, they're very similar.

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What they do is they actually bounce sound waves off the objects to find their way around.

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-Wow. So exactly the same as bats?

-Yeah, exactly the same.

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How amazing. Did I see someone wiggle there?

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Yeah, I've got someone behind there. Can we have the rock in, please?

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What we're going to do now is lower a rock in and they'll come up to it.

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They know instantly where it is, although they have no eyesight,

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and from the sound waves they are receiving off that rock they'll avoid the rock completely.

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-That's incredible, let's just see... Ooh!

-Ooh!

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-Oh, yeah, it is...

-They'll go up to it, they know it's there, but...

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You watch, they'll actually go away to avoid it now, they'll swim around it, very well adapted.

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Jo, I think you've done the most amazing job, it's great in here now.

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A really, really good, interesting exhibit. Thank you very much.

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-That's all right, thank you.

-These guys are great!

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There's a baby boom on amongst Longleat's heard of Pygmy goats.

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All seven of the nannies were pregnant and so far

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three little kids have been born and are already running around.

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But it hasn't all been good news.

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For two of the mums things went very wrong.

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Both Gee and Sunflower had stillborn twins.

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Sunflower was put back out into the enclosure

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but now she's got another problem.

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This morning, Senior Keeper Bev Evans spotted that she's limping on her front left leg.

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She's called in Duncan Williams, the vet, to come and take a look.

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That's the problem there, look,

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-she's had a bash.

-Oh, dear!

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They seem to be pitching into her, you know, hitting her a bit.

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I think she's been caught

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probably by the other one's horn or something.

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I think we'd better get her in, get her away from these others.

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We'd better clean this up and give her antibiotics, but that's quite...

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-That's quite nasty.

-Quite a severe wound actually.

-Right, OK.

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Although the goats spend most of the time out in the enclosure,

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they do have their own pens next door to the giraffe house.

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While Duncan fetches his veterinary kit, Bev keeps an eye on Sunflower.

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Sunflower's had a bit of a hard week unfortunately.

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Yeah, she's obviously lost her twins on Monday and it's now Wednesday

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and she's quite severely lame as well on her front left,

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from what we think is a play fight gone wrong, as such.

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They play all the time and we've got some with horns, some without,

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and we've never had any problems at all ever with that

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but I suppose if she's in a bit of a weakened state

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and someone's just caught her wrong with their horns,

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possibly her sister, Daisy, actually.

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Yeah, it's just one of those things, it's just caught her badly.

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They're going to need more light so Sunflower's brought right out into the yard.

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For an operating table they've got a bale of straw,

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which also gives Sunflower something to chew.

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Yeah, she still eats.

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It's a stress reaction, isn't it?

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The injection is a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the wound.

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It's a massive wound, you can see. I mean, it's that sort of size and

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it's actually fairly fresh, I think.

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You know, Bev's only found her lame this morning, and I think...

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..it's obviously happened not that long ago, hasn't it?

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But because it's so fresh I'm a little bit concerned about

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this flap here because it is... it may have lost its blood supply,

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in which case that'll die,

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but we've got this massive sort of thing going up here.

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We can probably bring that back down.

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Luckily you can see the skin's so elastic, even though we've

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got a huge defect there it will come together quite nicely.

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But before Duncan can try to sew it up he must make sure it's all perfectly clean.

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I've got to try and get all that hair off from the inside of the wound.

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It's not going to be 100% sterile, clean, but it won't be bad.

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Just going to put a bit of this aloe cream on...

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to try and help the healing process.

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It's a tricky job to sew up such an irregularly shaped wound

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and it's going to take a while.

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And, when the stitches are finished, that's all the vet can do for now.

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We'll find out really if it heals. We'll have to wait and see really.

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In the next sort of week, ten days, we'll know really.

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So it's just down to quiet rest and time.

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We'll be back later to find out what happens to Sunflower.

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Earlier this year there was great excitement in Pet's Corner

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when Rosie and Romeo, the Asian short-clawed otters, had two little babies.

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They were the first otter pups to be born at Longleat in thirty years

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so, needless to say, we've been following their progress pretty closely.

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I'm down at Pet's Corner with keeper Rob Savan

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to catch up with Longleat's four resident Asian short-clawed otters.

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Rob, how are they getting on? They look fantastic in the sun.

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They're doing really well. The little ones actually look the same size as Mum and Dad now.

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It's almost impossible to tell the difference.

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-Yeah, very hard.

-What's this hose?

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We're doing a bit of a clean-out.

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Once or twice a week we clean the pond out,

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it gives them some nice fresh water, obviously makes it nice and visible for the visitors,

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but I was noticing when I was filling up the last couple of times,

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they're all playing, when it got to this level, just in the water.

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-In the shallows?

-Yeah, we fill it up a lot higher than this

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and otters obviously you associate with swimming and being agile

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and they are very agile swimmers

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but they do prefer, and they confirm that this particular type of otter,

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the Asian otter, prefers shallower water.

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Shall we see if we can entice them into the water?

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We've got some otter's favourite here.

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Some shrimps and what we've also got down hidden in the water is a little camera

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so we might just get a slightly different sort of perspective.

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-Who's that gobbling them all up, being greedy?

-That's Mum and Dad.

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I think the two little ones are just holding back,

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I got a feeling they are a bit scared of the camera.

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-Are they a bit shy of it?

-I saw them in here a bit earlier on.

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They're hiding back, and Mum and Dad are used to it actually.

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I wonder if I can entice them out?

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Now, the youngsters, how old are they now?

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-They are just over nine months now.

-Have we got names for them?

-We have indeed, yes.

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We got a local school to name them, we went for some Asian names.

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They had a big list of Asian names to choose from because they are Asian short-clawed otters

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so I dug up some names off the internet

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and they were all really cracking names, but they chose Emico...

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-Emico.

-And Arun. Now, Arun means "Of the Dawn".

-OK.

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And Emico means "Beautiful". I think we should call them all Beautiful.

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-Very appropriate names. Rob, thank you very much.

-My pleasure.

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I think you are onto a winner with the shallow water in here.

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They are good swimmers in the deep but they prefer the shallows.

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They love the shallow water, especially on a hot day like this.

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Back in the goat pens, it's been a couple of days

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since Sunflower suffered a large wound in a play fight.

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Head of Section Andy Hayton has been keeping an eye on her and making sure she gets her medication.

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She's been locked in, away from the others so...

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they're a herd animal, they always spend all their time together

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so I think she is, yeah, a little bit depressed, you know,

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she's had her leg slashed open by something or someone, you know, had a lot of trauma and stress,

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taken away from her mates,

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so it's not really a good week for the goat.

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Duncan's going to assess it next Wednesday but we want to keep her away...

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If it was one of the other goats that clipped her, she's got a load of stitches in her leg now.

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If it happens again, that's the kind of luck that you get sometimes,

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it's going to tear the wound open so we want to leave her away for a good while,

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let that wound start knitting together,

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and hopefully it won't happen again but we need to give her...

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It's weighing up her being on her own and a little bit miserable

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and the chances of her tearing the stitches out, and then you've got to go through that whole rigmarole

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of stitching her up again,

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which she doesn't need and we don't really want to do either.

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A week after Sunflower's original injury,

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Duncan Williams, the vet, is back to see how she's doing.

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Yeah.

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All right.

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That seems great,

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really pleased with that, see you put your cream on.

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Sunflower's doing really well, she's...

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Skin flap's healed up lovely,

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which, considering it was a bit contaminated at the time

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and there was horrible sort of... bits here, bits there, you know, flaps of it, we thought

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it might have damaged the... compromised the blood supply

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and cause it to sort of die off and slough off but, no, it's doing really well, so that's good,

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and I think really, you know, stick her out, I think, let her go down the bottom, fine.

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Come on, Sunflower.

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Now the best therapy for Sunflower is to be back with the herd

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so a little later on Senior Keeper Bev Evans has brought her out.

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She's been brilliant all the way through.

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Through the stitching she had a local anaesthetic and she was just lying down and she hardly struggled.

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She's been putting weight on it near enough straightaway and, you know, exercising it, keeping it clean,

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she's done everything we've wanted her to do and she's looking fine now.

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We've come up to the rhino house to help with the end-of-day feed.

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We're here with Deputy Head of Section Kevin Nibbs

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and we seem to be feeding outside, Kevin, which is unusual. I thought the rhinos were shut inside at night.

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Normally, but now we've got a new facility for the rhinos it seems a shame to lock them away at night

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They've got access to it all night, it's really good for them,

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it's a bit of a stimulus, they get to stay out during the night and...

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-So who's out here now?

-We've got the two girls out today, this is Rosina, the closest to us, and Marashi.

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-OK, so shall I just stick this...?

-Yeah, if we have two piles...

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I'll do Rosina's pile. Here you are, Rosina.

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And I'm going to pop this just through here, Kevin?

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-That's brilliant.

-Just through that.

-There's Rosina's food, her tea.

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-And just tip that over the hay?

-Yeah.

-What have we got in the bucket?

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It's just the night food, just a few horse pellets and a little bit

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-of additives for them, a few vitamins and minerals.

-OK, perfect.

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And they're quite content and happy staying out here overnight?

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-Presumably the weather's nice and warm...

-They're very happy.

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They get sun on their backs for almost 24 hours a day now so it's really good for them.

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And obviously at night-time this is a controlled environment here and they're safe and happy?

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Yeah, it's a pretty solid barrier, there's steel everywhere, so it's pretty solid and they can't get out.

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Fantastic! I don't think the two piles worked.

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I think my feeding obviously went down rather better than yours, Ben.

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We can start on that one in a moment, Kate.

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Kevin, thank you very much. Sadly that's all we've got time for today

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but here's what's coming up on the next Animal Park.

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Winky the one-wheeled tortoise has been in a bash.

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Now she needs roadside assistance.

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We set up a special spy-cam to find out what the wolves make of an unusual pong.

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And we'll be there to greet the park's newest arrival on the very first morning of her life.

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So don't miss the next Animal Park.

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It's feeding time for the ten new African white-backed vultures - a hidden 'carcass-cam' shows what a ruthlessly efficient feeding machine these birds are. The otter pups have finally learned to swim - but they still prefer the shallow end. Kate gets friendly with the stuff of nightmares - giant cockroaches, monster scorpions and blind mutant fish.


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