Episode 4 Animal Park


Episode 4

Meet Longleat Safari Park's latest arrivals, the wild warthogs: Vlad the Impaler, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun. Plus, Ben Fogle puts out supersized cat toys for the lions.


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They can race at up to 30 miles an hour and their sharp tusks

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can shred anything or anyone they don't like to pieces.

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Yes, and Vlad, Genghis and Attila are new to Longleat and the keepers

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are hoping they'll make a good impression.

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The warthogs have arrived on Animal Park.

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Also on today's show,

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we know Trevor as the perfect dad,

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but someone's been ruffling his feathers and he's not happy.

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Don't you kick that truck.

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I'll be helping to put up new toys for the lions,

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proving they're just big pussy cats.

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And a Far East food fad

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or a fiendish plot to make the otters work harder?

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But first, a few months ago

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three brothers arrived at Longleat

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to begin a reign of terror in the East Africa reserve.

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Their names, Vlad the Impaler,

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Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan.

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They're warthogs, the first ones they've ever had here.

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The keeper in charge of them is Andy Hayton

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and he's still getting to know the brothers.

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Already he's found their names are not completely silly.

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When we got hold of them we did think,

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Oh, yes, pigs with big teeth kind of thing.

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We weren't quite that blase,

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we knew they were aggressive, we had read up on them.

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We've learnt very, very quickly that these guys go from flat calm

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to absolutely freaking and running around at a thousand miles an hour

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in the bat of an eye.

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And full speed is flying and they can be three or four feet off the ground.

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Pigs can't jump, these guys can.

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You don't get any warning when they're going to get frightened

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or going to start kicking off and running around.

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You have to treat them with kid gloves, but they are pretty aggressive.

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They're pretty scary.

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If one of these guys hit you

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it would be like being hit by a steamroller

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at 40 miles an hour, you know?

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I do not want one of these guys to get hold of me, they're scary.

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For now, Vlad, Attila and Genghis are being

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kept in a paddock by themselves

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until Andy can assess just how wild and dangerous they really are.

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We haven't got anything else here like them.

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You say warthog to somebody, they know exactly what you mean.

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You know, they're characters and three boys are something else.

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When you're in there with them in the morning and you go and check them

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and they come over the hill and are stood there looking at you,

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there's stuff going on in their heads

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and they're so ugly that they're cute.

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In Africa, where they come from, warthogs are omnivorous.

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You name it, they'll eat it.

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In turn, they're a favourite foodstuff for lions

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and because of that warthogs have evolved

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an unusual posture for grazing.

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They've thick pads, on their knees so they graze on their knees.

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Plus, if they were to bow their head down a lot to eat,

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predators would be able to take a shot at them a lot easier.

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But as they go on their knees

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they keep their head up so their vision's better.

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Come on, boys!

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They were about a year old

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when they came here from Colchester zoo.

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Keeper Ryan Hockley

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has noticed they've calmed down a lot since they first arrived.

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They're getting there, much better than they were to start with,

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but it's just been a matter of them settling in

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to their area and just giving them time to settle down.

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I don't think they'll ever be any, sort of, physical contact,

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you know, we'll never be patting them or anything like that,

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I don't think.

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They have their little squabbles in the day but, like I say, it's pretty

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good natured, but at the end of the day, they are definitely a trio.

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Ryan and Andy are still getting to know the terrible trio and later on

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we'll join them to find out what Vlad, Attila and Genghis

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get up to when no-one's looking.

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These lions may be ferocious killers

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who'd rip your throat out as soon as look at you,

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but they also like nothing more than a good play.

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So last year, we helped put up some giant cat toys

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and it was fantastic to see how much they enjoyed the apparatus.

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Unfortunately, it didn't take the lions long

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to tear the lot to shreds,

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though they might have lasted longer if they'd been a little bigger.

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Over there are some very keen lions.

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I'm out in the lion enclosure with a very unusual toy

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and I've come to catch up with keeper Bob Trollope.

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-Hi, Bob.

-Hiya, Ben.

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-A lion toy.

-Yes.

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Mark two, cos we have done this before haven't we in years past?

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We have.

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And they absolutely love this sort of stimulation.

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We've got a few new designs as you can see.

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-OK, so here, presumably this is a swing.

-Based on a swingy type thing.

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We've obviously added extras.

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You wouldn't find that on your normal playground.

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I've noticed the rope here is solid. That is a thick rope, isn't it?

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This is thicker than we have used in the past.

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-OK.

-Several reasons for that.

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Because lions have got sharp teeth and they do tend to eat it, so yes.

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OK. So where are we going to put this enormous ball?

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-We're going to hang it round this log over here.

-OK.

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So it can swing and they can dangle on it and pull it about.

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-This is basically, genuinely to keep them busy and occupied.

-Yeah.

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And it's not just for show, is it?

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No. This is... They've got each other to play with.

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But we do try to stimulate them with other things

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-and this, toys are...

-Yeah, perfect.

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-..Something that we can...

-Craig's helping us.

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-Morning.

-Morning, Ben.

-Pass that up and over.

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I think we're going to have to wrap this round a few times.

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Shall we put that through there?

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-Through there and pull that back tight.

-Yeah.

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If we let that down we can probably tighten that up around.

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So, just remind me which pride this is.

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-This is Kabir's pride.

-Right.

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One of the reasons we do it in this pride

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is because there's a lot of youngsters.

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And they do, if we go over that way a little bit.

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We'll have to send this over, Craig, if you get that.

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We'll have to send it round a few times

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until we get it to the to the right sort of height.

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So this is Kabir's pride and, of course,

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there's some youngsters in with them now.

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Who, last year, could barely even reach.

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They were too small last year to play with

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some of the toys that we had so this is

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-going to be really new to them.

-Yeah.

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-You know, they played with the remains.

-Yeah.

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Because lions, as we know, are...

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Now, let's see this, if we go round.

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-I reckon that, will that swing?

-I think...

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I think they can do a lot with that.

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If we go up any higher it'll be too close to it.

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I think that's a pretty good level.

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-Looks just right.

-Do you think?

-Brilliant.

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Will those youngsters come out here first of all

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and just jump on it?

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Cos walking in, they were all looking at me from behind the...

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They're quite keen.

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You can see them.

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Youngsters will definitely play with this.

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I like to think Kabir will come over and investigate.

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OK. Well, shall we get in?

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Yes.

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Join us later in the programme

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when we'll find out what Kabir's pride make of their new toys.

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OK, take her away, Craig.

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Earlier in the series

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we saw what happened when Sour, the nanny goat, had triplets.

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Unfortunately, she just couldn't cope with three

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and so rejected the smallest one.

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The kid would certainly have died if senior warden Bev Evans

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hadn't intervened and for a while there it was still touch and go.

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But the baby did survive,

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was named Bubble and has been bottle-fed ever since.

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But that was just the start of this years Pygmy goat birthing season

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so Kate's gone to meet Bev and catch up with developments.

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There seems, Bev, suddenly to be thousands of them.

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Yes, we've got quite a lot at the moment. We've got about 21.

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-Right.

-We had a prosperous year on breeding, we had nine kids born.

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Oh, that's fantastic because although you would think that

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goats could breed easily Pygmy goats are quite difficult to breed,

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-is that right?

-They can be.

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Obviously, they conceive quite well,

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but they do have, the breed does have quite a high still born

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and immortality rate with the youngsters,

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so it can be quite a difficult birth for them cos they are so small.

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And all of them doing well?

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All the parents doing the things that they should do?

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Kind of. We do have two hand reared females.

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-Right.

-Basically, two of our girls had triplets.

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One didn't have enough milk so we took one of the females off

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and the other one abandoned one of the little ones.

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Oh, really? So thought that, because quite often with sheep

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they'll take a third away and give it to another mother.

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-Yeah.

-So why did you hand rear?

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Why didn't you give it to one of the other adults?

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We didn't have one really who could take one on.

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-They all had enough of their own.

-Right.

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So we were able to have to hand rear from powdered milk instead.

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So which two need feeding

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and how on Earth do you manage to feed them and not all the others?

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-There are two as you can see that...

-These two.

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..the two keenest. This is Dora.

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And this is Bubble.

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Bubble was the one who was kind of abandoned by her mum Sour.

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We don't really know why,

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she just was, so we had to intervene quite dramatically.

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Well, now I heard that really you were key in saving Bubble's life.

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I mean she wasn't going to make it.

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Yes, Andy and I kept an eye on her

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throughout the day, but she went downhill.

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She got a little bit cold and generally she was

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on death's door to be perfectly blunt.

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But we just kept rubbing her with a towel, things like that,

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syringed some colostrum which we milked off Sour,

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and just tried to keep her spirits up.

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It didn't take too long, a few hours, until she was stood up on her own.

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Shall we try giving them some food now and see what they want to do?

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I haven't hand fed a goat before.

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-Lambs, yes, goats, no.

-This is Bubble.

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Bubble has a less milk - she's a bit smaller.

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OK, so is there a knack to it?

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If you just head it towards her mouth and then just lift up slightly,

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she, kind of, does the rest but she's incredibly strong for her size.

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-Look at her.

-As you can see.

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Crikey, it must be quite hard being a mother goat, actually.

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They really do, sort of, push to get the milk out don't they?

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Yeah, and as you see

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it doesn't take very long for them to actually drink most of the milk.

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They're absolutely adorable.

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It must be very rewarding for you to get them to this stage,

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get them to the stage where they can almost go off

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and be independent.

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They've done very well. We haven't had any problems with them at all,

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so it's been really, really good.

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You're getting all over your head.

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That's it. Crikey.

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Absolutely done and dusted, Bubble.

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You can keep sucking on that,

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but I don't think you're going to find any more.

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Well, Bev, they're a complete credit to you. Very, very well done.

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You're not going to give up, are you, little one?

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And we look forward to seeing her out and grazing on the grass

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very, very soon. Well done you two.

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Aren't you brilliant? Yes.

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Vlad the Impaler, Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan

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are the first ever warthogs to grace the grounds of the park.

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In the early days, they charged around like monsters,

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but in recent weeks they seem to have calmed down a bit.

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The keepers are still getting to know them and Andy Hayton is keen

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to find out what they co

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when no-one's looking, after dark in the warthog house.

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Can you turn that infrared lamp on, mate.

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This is the camera

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that's wired up to a hard drive infrared camera so we should

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be able to see when they come in, how many come in,

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where they lie down.

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The more we learn about the animals we look after,

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the better we can do for them.

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Some mornings you come in and this place is absolutely trashed

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so, yeah, I think there are a few parties now and again. Must be.

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In the wild, warthogs sleep in burrows.

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Usually, it's one they've taken over from whoever actually dug it,

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often some poor aardvark.

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But for Vlad, Attila and Genghis does sundown mean party time?

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Early next morning,

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the brothers are outside in their paddock as usual

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while Andy and keeper Ryan Hockley rendezvous at the house

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to see what the spy camera has recorded.

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There's only one at the moment,

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but I think this is about ten o'clock.

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We put their food actually in the pen next door

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so they may have come in and eaten.

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We hadn't seen that and this is when

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they're coming in and settling down for the night.

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You tell in the morning, if the bed's been laid in or not

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because they're normally, I think, we've heard they

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actually huddle together to keep warm.

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So that will be quite interesting if we can see this,

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see if they do do it at night.

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Spinning on an hour it looks like bedtime.

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This guy down here is really pulling it around.

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-Pulling hay?

-Yeah, yeah.

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-It's almost like they're nestling.

-Yeah.

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Nice to see all three of them in there.

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-Mmm.

-So that we know that nobody gets pushed out or anything.

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There settling down there.

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See them going backwards a lot into these corners.

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It's almost like they're backing into a...

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A burrow. Yeah, yeah.

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They're eating a lot of straw.

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Really filling up on the straw.

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But if they eat their bedding how are they going to keep warm?

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They'll huddle together like this to keep warm,

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because they find it hard to regulate their body temperature.

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But there is only two here.

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-Mmm, yeah.

-Unless the other one is tucked right down in the corner

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or they're laid on top of him. I don't know where he is.

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Possibly one of them is out there, staying awake, standing guard.

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-Yeah. Sort of like a sentry almost.

-Lots of animals will do it.

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One will stay awake watching the rest of the group sleep

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and so maybe these guys do it too.

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It's always fascinating, really, to see your animals at night.

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Things you've worked with for donkeys years during the day,

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they seem completely different at night.

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It's a very strange thing.

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It's hard to put your finger on it, but it's quite weird.

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They look quite cute when they're asleep.

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Like most things.

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I wouldn't like to go and wake them up.

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We knew they were coming in because, like I said,

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the bed has been disturbed

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and food disappears.

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But it's nice to see animals, when we're not here it's their place

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in the middle of the night and very rarely do we see

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what's going on here then so it's quite intriguing.

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With Vlad, Attila and Genghis looking peaceful

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you almost wonder if they got the names wrong.

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How about Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail?

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Or maybe not.

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Earlier on, I helped keeper Bob Trollope

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put out some cat toys for the lions and now it's time to release them.

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-So, Bob, we've got all of the rope out there.

-Yeah.

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It's all looking good. So are we ready to let the lions out?

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Yeah, I'll just give Craig a shout.

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Can you let them out now, Craig, please.

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And any idea which... here they come.

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Which one might come first?

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So who is that?

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-That is Jazeera.

-Right.

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And then you got the small ones.

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-Yeah.

-Last year's youngsters.

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So they like the swing, look, straight away.

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Straight away. That's it.

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Wow, look at the power of that.

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So they're not nervous about new things, are they?

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No, there's curiosity

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and straight away one of them gets on the top and starts chewing.

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And it's almost like it's coordinated,

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that a few have gone up to the top and the rest are down at the bottom.

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And using their mouths and claws,

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are they feeling it or are they playing with it still?

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That's, everything that they would use if that with a prey animal.

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-Biting, clawing.

-Here they go for the middle one.

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-That's it.

-Who's that playing now?

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-That is Jazeera again.

-Jazeera? OK.

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She seems to be the one that investigates them first. Then...

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And there's a lot of weight on that so obviously...

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She's weighing in the region of about 150lbs and that's taking that easily.

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Look at those teeth going into it and the claws.

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Hopefully they haven't spotted the ball yet.

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They haven't, it's my favourite.

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But as soon as they do, well,

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you see a lot of them want to go up the top and play.

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Is that partly because,

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there's smell from us when we were putting them up?

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Yeah, we've been clambering all over the top of them and there's,

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actually there's vegetable oil soaked into the rope as well.

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-OK.

-So that will be wafting around as well.

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And they put that on there to actually keep the rope supple.

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-Yeah.

-So it's easier to work.

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Well, it's such a fantastic sight

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just seeing them all playing like little household cats.

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Yeah, and that will keep them going for hours and hours and hours

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-and it's only when they chew through the rope that...

-Yeah.

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You know, they become defunct.

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And that's the big debate, you know,

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how long are these realistically going to last.

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What will be the first thing to give way?

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Probably that one that Jazzie's playing on.

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But the thing is, you know, you've got to use rope that is degradable.

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-Yes.

-You know?

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If they're biting it then they'll get bits off them.

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If that was nylon rope then that could do all sorts of damage.

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-Now we've got going over to the ball, who is that?

-Luna.

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So Luna's going over to test out.

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-Oh, it's moving.

-Not really quite sure what to make of that.

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She might need a bit of backup.

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I was going to say, all the others are busy with the swing.

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Look, look, look! That's so cool.

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That's so cool!

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Look, then we've got a little bit more confidence

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with the ball with Luna although she would like some backup perhaps.

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-I think, as soon as they realise there's another toy...

-Yeah.

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Then they'll play with that as well.

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They get hours of enjoyment with that swing.

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It's almost as if they're trying to take them down.

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Look on top of the tree stump there,

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they're tearing at the rope that we tied around the top.

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It doesn't take that long. They remember from last time

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that if I chew this then that falls off and we can run around with it.

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-And they loved running around with the rope.

-They did.

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That's not a worry for you because it's all safe, it's biodegradable.

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It's all safe, yeah. That will break down,

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and any little bits that are left on the ground will rot and, you know,

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that's ultimately what we want. If you were using nylon,

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that would stay there for years and years and years, you know,

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but this all rots down to nothing.

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Fantastic.

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Well, Bob, thank you for letting me help you,

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and I think we have some very, very contented lions.

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Up in the East Africa reserve, there's a new project under way.

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Andy Hayton came up with a great plan to build a water hole

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for all the animals to enjoy,

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and he persuaded construction worker John Myles to help out.

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But there's one major problem that neither of them anticipated.

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He's over seven foot tall, can run over 40 miles per hour

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and, at over 100 kilos, could trample you to death in seconds.

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And we know him as Trevor.

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Like most ostriches, Trevor would fight to the death

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to protect his territory,

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so when John started invading Trevor's patch,

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it really ruffled his feathers...

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and Andy's seen the tensions rise.

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Every time John arrives, it's absolute mayhem.

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Trev can be extremely aggressive. We just all ignore him.

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John can't possibly ignore Trev when Trev starts.

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Trev can spot John a mile off.

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John could be walking along a perimeter fence,

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and Trevor will spot him and run up there and try and get him.

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Now Trev has fixed his beady eye on John,

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it's made his work down at the water hole almost impossible.

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Whether it's me or the truck I don't know,

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but...he certainly doesn't like it when we arrive...

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-or when

-I

-arrive, actually -

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not any of the other guys, it's only me, really.

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When he's sort of throwing his wobbly, it can be quite scary,

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cos when you get close to him, he is quite a big bird.

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Unfortunately for John,

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today he has to head into Trevor's territory for a site survey.

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Since ostriches have eyeballs measuring a full two inches across,

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it's no surprise that within seconds, Trevor's spotted his prey.

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'First his little war dance to warn us off that...

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-HE LAUGHS:

-'..we're on his patch - I think that's what it is.'

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"Don't you kick that truck!"

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"Trev, we can talk about this."

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I think it makes us all love Trev just actually a little bit more,

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cos he really winds John up.

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It doesn't take long for Trevor to show just who's lord of this manor.

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But with John seen off for another day,

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will this water hole ever get finished?

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Well, that depends on Trevor.

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I'm up at Pet's Corner with keeper Rob Savin and, of course,

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the otter family, who are looking extremely hungry.

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-Have you been starving them?

-I don't think we've been starving them.

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They always look like they're starving.

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They like to make people believe that they've never been fed before,

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-a bit like my family cat.

-We've got Romeo and Rosie right here.

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They're the brave ones, they're coming right up.

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They're not too bothered about all the equipment,

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they're just looking at our selection of goodies here.

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I'm going to lift this up, cos it's rather impressive, Rob.

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It looks like some sort of rather elaborate Japanese dinner.

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Yes, I'm sure they don't mind what extravagance we've gone to here,

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they just want the bit in the middle,

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but we've got a couple here already...

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These king prawns we're gonna stuff into these bamboo tubes here.

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-Right.

-And the idea is, because the otters are so excellent

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at getting things out of holes and gaps,

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we're just trying to use their noses and get their paws into here,

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and the trickier it is for them to get these out of the middle,

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the better. So they can smell it but can't quite get to it -

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-gives them enrichment.

-You're making them work for their food.

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-It's a real treat for them.

-OK. I have a horrible feeling...

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They're desperate to go for it, so if you want to...

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I knew you were going to make me do some. Is there a technique to this?

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Fold it out a little bit and stuff it in there.

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OK. In it goes. So I mean...

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Obviously, otters aren't going to get

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beautifully presented king prawns in bamboo tubes in the wild.

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-No.

-So what does this mimic?

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It mimics them getting things out... They would eat a lot of shelled food.

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-Right.

-So they'd eat crayfish, they'd eat crabs, they'd eat...

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They'd also eat things like frogs and all sorts of weird and bizarre stuff.

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They're not particularly big fish eaters, but some of their food,

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they prefer shallow, marshy grasses, logs and rocks

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-where they can get their paws in...

-Can I just point out...

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the prawn's too big for the bamboo.

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I'd stuff that one the other way round.

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Maybe I'll have better luck,

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but if you want to throw one in to see if they'll catch directly.

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-So throw it onto the rocks?

-See if one will take it, actually.

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-See if mum or dad there will just catch it.

-There we go.

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-Oh, not too bad.

-Not too bad. There we go.

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They'll probably both try, there might be bickering.

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-They might share it. No.

-The paws are straight in there.

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-Here we are, Romeo.

-Romeo's given up to Rosie there,

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he's gonna try it there.

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You can see the paw's in, and it can make it very, very tricky.

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It's not always the easiest thing to get,

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so it will keep them busy for a long time.

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It might take them a while, but they'll find a way to get it out...

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It looks like Rosie has been successful.

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-It didn't taken her too long.

-Romeo is being a bit thick.

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Come on, let's see if any of the young ones will do this.

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-See? It wasn't me.

-No, it wasn't you.

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I'll tell you what, we'll give them an easy one. We'll bung that in.

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I'm not sure the other ones... We've got a few more interested.

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They've realised that food's coming in, so let's chuck them a few more

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-and see how they go.

-Now, as a family,

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would they hunt together? Would they...

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Yeah, they basically work as a group.

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These otters are one of the few social otters in the world.

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Most of the otters are solitary. But these ones will work as a team,

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and... I mean, I've seen programmes

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with them chasing off crocodiles as a unit, you know.

0:25:420:25:45

-Really?

-This croc's trying to have a go at them,

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and as a unit, they're protecting the whole family by working together.

0:25:470:25:51

This thing gives up and runs away, d'you know what I mean?

0:25:510:25:54

-That's amazing!

-They always work as a team.

-Come on!

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Come and see these. Come on.

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Well, I think it's been a huge success, Rob.

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Certainly with the more experienced otters,

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they're the ones that hang about.

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The young ones would learn from the older ones, presumably?

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They'd get the idea eventually,

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and certainly our two oldest children are already getting a lot more brave

0:26:090:26:14

and a lot more adventurous as it is.

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Well, we'll chuck these last two in. Here you go, guys.

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Enjoy those lovely prawns, and...

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-Rob, thank you very much indeed.

-You're very welcome. Thank you.

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A fascinating view of how dextrous an otter can be. Thank you.

0:26:250:26:29

Kate and I have come out to the new area

0:26:350:26:37

with deputy head of section Kevin Nibbs

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to see how the Bactrian camels are doing.

0:26:400:26:42

Judging by this... Not too disturbed

0:26:420:26:45

by this particularly cold weather we've got right now.

0:26:450:26:47

No, not at all, not at all.

0:26:470:26:49

Usually, you see him with a big chuggy jacket on.

0:26:490:26:52

-This is the summer coat, presumably?

-Exactly, yeah,

0:26:520:26:55

they've lost all their hair now sort of for summer.

0:26:550:26:58

I was just going to say, this is not a summer coat.

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No, exactly. I mean, we know that they're tough animals.

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In the wild, they live in really difficult conditions, don't they?

0:27:040:27:07

You can find them in the Gobi desert where it gets really cold at night,

0:27:070:27:11

-minus 40 sometimes.

-Wow.

0:27:110:27:12

They can withstand really cold temperatures.

0:27:120:27:14

-Presumably that's with their coats.

-With the coat.

0:27:140:27:17

So how are they coping now with summer coats

0:27:170:27:19

-in quite cold and very wet weather?

-It's not very nice for them.

0:27:190:27:22

Occasionally, if it's really wet,

0:27:220:27:25

we'll put them indoors for the evening.

0:27:250:27:27

It's the wet they don't like. They don't like getting wet,

0:27:270:27:30

cos they don't dry out very well. It's like a big soggy towel on them.

0:27:300:27:34

-They're wet and miserable.

-The cold winds are not a problem

0:27:340:27:37

cos they deal with much chillier conditions?

0:27:370:27:39

No, and they've got the third eyelid as well to block anything

0:27:390:27:42

-blowing into their eyes.

-You need third eyelids.

-We do!

0:27:420:27:45

We're being sprayed by straw from Khan here.

0:27:450:27:48

Well, Kev, I hope that they manage to survive

0:27:480:27:51

this very inclement summer we're having.

0:27:510:27:53

-Thank you very much indeed.

-I don't know if we are.

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Or we're going to get eaten by camels - one or the other.

0:27:550:27:58

Sadly, that's all we've got time for on today's programme,

0:27:580:28:01

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

0:28:010:28:04

'I go picking for probably

0:28:040:28:07

'the world's most dangerous tortoise food.'

0:28:070:28:09

We find out if Andy Hayton's African watering hole

0:28:090:28:14

is a hit with the giraffes.

0:28:140:28:15

Plus there's a life and death drama when babies are born

0:28:170:28:20

on Meerkat Mountain.

0:28:200:28:22

So don't miss the next Animal Park.

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Kate Humble and Ben Fogle look behind the scenes at Longleat Safari Park. Meet Longleat's latest arrivals, the wild warthogs: Vlad the Impaler, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun. Plus Ben puts out super-sized toys for the lions and Kate offers up tricky, tasty tubes to the otters.


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