Episode 6 Animal Park


Episode 6

Kate Humble has her hands full with three royal pythons, the monkeys get a deluxe feeding post, and Ben Fogle takes one of the park's boats for a spin round gorilla island.


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Today we've got big plans for Monkey Jungle.

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A way of keeping the monkeys happy, busy and off the cars.

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It's a fun food source and a puzzle all wrapped up into one.

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Join us to find out what the monkeys make of their new treat.

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We've got a lot more than just monkey business

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on today's Animal Park.

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There's the little kid goat,

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who was rejected by her mother just hours old.

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Now it'll be a miracle if she survives.

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We're up with the giraffes

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to see the other part of their body that's very long.

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And I'll be calling on Nico the gorilla.

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To see if there's life in the old dog yet.

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Don't you even think about pinching my bum.

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But first we're going to Monkey Jungle,

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a very perilous place for cars.

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Of all the species in the park,

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the troop of over 70 Rhesus Macaque monkeys

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must be the most inquisitive.

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You could also call them cheeky, even mischievous.

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Or possibly something un-transmittable.

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So, while he's patrolling Monkey Jungle,

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keeper Ross Ellis has to stay on this toes.

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The monkeys are probably the most active animals in the safari park.

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So, we've always got to look for ideas to keep them occupied.

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Otherwise they'll just keep ripping cars apart.

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Anything that can keep them occupied,

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keep them stimulated, is a plus.

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Windscreen wipers is a popular one.

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We get them come off all the time.

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As you see here, there's a monkey on top of that one there,

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after an aerial.

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One on a wing mirror here.

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Just checking it out.

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The monkeys are always ripping stuff off,

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we're forever picking bits up. Here's a bit.

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A Ford Mondeo.

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This lot has taken Ross only about a day to collect.

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So, you see the monkeys really are right little vandals.

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The only way to curb their wicked ways is to distract them.

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And deputy head warden, Ian Turner,

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is always trying to come up with new things to keep them busy.

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The plan we want to do is to enrich the monkey's lives.

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There's 70 to 80 monkeys there plus babies.

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They're always playing on trees and stuff.

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So, I'm hoping that if I can get a nice couple of good logs,

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for them to play on, it's really gonna be good for 'em.

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They need something to keep 'em active.

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So, I'm hoping that's what's gonna happen with these logs.

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The other idea I've had is to drill holes so we can put food inside.

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What we can do is put the mix in there in the mornings,

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which should stop seagulls from pinching it.

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In the afternoon we can put fruit in there.

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Once we've found the logs, it should be no trouble getting them in here,

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just a matter of digging a hole and putting two logs in, should be easy.

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There are over a million trees on the Longleat Estate

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managed by the Forestry Department.

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Their yard is piled up with likely logs and tree trunks.

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Right then, Ross. These are two I picked out, look.

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Oh, yeah.

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Slightly different to your normal logs, look.

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-Yeah.

-And the other thing I was gonna do is drill some holes in.

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-Yeah, I see.

-So literally you can put food in.

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-All right.

-You know, bit of apple, orange or mixed food.

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Whatever, yeah.

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They can sit there, help themselves in all different areas.

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It's perfect. It's pretty good.

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And we'll do both of them. Got another one here. Got both in.

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We'll probably bury them

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that deep into the ground.

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So you've got six to seven feet out.

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-That's cool, then.

-Yeah.

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What we need know is to get John up

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with his big digger and put them on there.

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It's supposed to be soft wood.

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So, hopefully the drillings not gonna be too hard,

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and they're not too heavy.

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So, soon the monkeys will have something to distract them

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from their delinquent behaviour.

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Ian reckons building it is going to be a very straightforward job.

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After all, what could possibly go wrong?

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I'm out in the East Africa Reserve with head of section Andy Hayton.

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Who's come up with a rather interesting plan.

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Andy, what are we up to today?

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This is just a bit of environment enrichment

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that we've been playing around with.

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But we're going to rig up a camera for you as well.

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Just to see how long a giraffe's tongue is and how it actually works.

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OK. And that's what this rather unusual contraption here is?

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So, talk me through this.

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-What's, what's...

-Well, all it is obviously is a water bottle.

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We've drilled holes in, put food in the bottom

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and the giraffe will actually stick its tongue in there...

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So, the tongue is actually going to be able...

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I can't even get hand in there.

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Oh, absolutely. Their tongue is about 18 inches long.

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-Wow.

-And they'll use it

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and they'll actually curl it around brows and leaves to pull it off.

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So, it's a pretty incredible thing.

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Wow. And where are we going to put this?

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We'll put it a way up there.

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Yeah. Well, knowing your giraffes here I've brought my own little treat

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to add to your cocktail which I know are simply irresistible.

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-Spoiling them.

-We'll put a few bananas in.

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I think that's probably enough. How are we going to get this up?

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-What I'll do is I'll jump off the trunk, Ben.

-OK.

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-I'll lower this hook down with this winch.

-Right.

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-And then I can raise it right back up for you.

-Perfect.

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-Well, I'll wait here and let you do...

-That's fine.

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OK. So, we're going to put that on.

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Bev helping out there.

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So, how high are you going to take this, this water bottle, now?

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I'm not sure how tall this one is.

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It must be about 12 foot.

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-Right.

-Off the ground.

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So, it'll only the bigger giraffe that can get this out here.

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This bottle.

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Oh, that must be high enough, surely? You're making it so hard for them.

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Oh, yeah, we don't wanna make life too easy.

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That really is, that's only for the very tallest giraffes here.

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Yeah. Well, what we normally do

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is this will actually go inside the house at night,

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-to keep them occupied in the evenings.

-Right.

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-And a camel.

-And we've got camels coming in,

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they're certainly not going to reach it?

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Absolutely not. OK, Bev, you wanna pull forwards?

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We're gonna move away a little bit now

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and hopefully let the giraffes come in.

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Are they sensitive about humans being around?

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Not too bad. They're used to us. OK, Bev, lovely.

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They're used to us being around.

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So, hopefully we're actually going to see their tongues

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literally go in those holes and hoick out various bits of carrot

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and look, here we go.

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-Look, look, here we go.

-There you go.

-So, we're got a tongue going in.

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Is it actually... Oh! It was a piece of my banana that went in there.

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-The banana's winning.

-That is fantastic.

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So, their tongues...remind me how long they can be?

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About 18 inches long.

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They're huge, they can grip with their tongues as well.

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-So, they're using them almost like fingers, are they?

-Essentially, yeah.

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But you'll also notice as well, if we get a good look at it,

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-the tongue's black.

-Right.

-So it avoids sunburn.

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Because it spends so much time out of their mouth in hot African sun.

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There you go. You can actually see it's like a bluey-black colour.

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Isn't that amazing?

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And look, there it goes. Is it, it might sound like a silly question,

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is it kind of sticky or almost like sandpaper, I imagine.

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Yeah, it's roughish. A lot of saliva as well to help with digestion.

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Because they eat, the acacia that they'll eat in the wild,

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thorns are probably three, four inches long.

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Really? And they're able to get their tongues,

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eat everything around those thorns?

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That's right. Pull it off very carefully. We'll give them Hawthorne

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occasionally here cos that's got quite big spikes.

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And that mimics the nearest you're gonna get to acacia?

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They treat that with a lot of respect when they eat it. That's it.

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-Quite slowly.

-That's incredible. Did you think they'd go for it

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-as well as they have?

-I knew Imogene would.

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-Oh, did you?

-Imogene is definitely led by her stomach

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more than her brain, for sure.

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Andy, they're really struggling for it, but that's the point.

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You don't wanna make it easy for them, do you?

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That's the whole point.

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If we made life easy and just put food out on a plate for them

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and they never had to work to get it they would be bored.

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And a bored animal is not a happy animal.

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We have to keep them as motivated as we possibly can.

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Look at that. That is great.

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Well, Andy, thank you very much for letting me help you out.

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I think these giraffes are going to be occupied for quite some time.

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Last winter, and for the second year in a row,

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John Joe, the champion pygmy goat,

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had a busy fortnight up in the East African Reserve.

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The Longleat herd is predominantly female

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and they don't have their own Billy.

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That's why John Joe came hot foot from his home in the Welsh valleys.

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He is a jobbing stud and he soon got down to business.

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But that was five months ago and now senior warden, Bev Evans,

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has some predictable, though still exciting, news.

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Well, currently our five female goats are heavily pregnant.

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Due this week and it's their second time.

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We had births last year.

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And hopefully our, our five girls will be very successful this year

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and we should have quite a few kids hopefully.

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This is Sour and Sour's one of our friendliest goats

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and probably noisiest, actually.

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And she did incredibly well last year. She had our, our twins.

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So, hopefully she'll do just as well this year.

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Our girls are looking incredibly big.

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I would say, but obviously I can't say for certain,

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but a lot of them are carrying twins. They are that big.

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They're very round, also their udders are beginning to drop

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which shows a sign that they are very imminent.

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We're just keeping an eye on them at the moment.

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And well they might.

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Because Bev and the team remember only too well

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what happened last year.

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For most of the herd,

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it was the first time they had ever been pregnant.

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And when they began to give birth, things started to go wrong.

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Sour did all right but most of the other nannies' kids were stillborn.

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Lily had the worst time of all.

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She was in such distress that the vet, Duncan Williams,

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had to be called to carry out an emergency Caesarean.

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Bev was there along with head of section, Andy Hayton.

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For the sake of the babies,

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the operation was done just under a local anaesthetic.

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OK, just feeling in there for the uterus.

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Grab the inside of the uterus.

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It took just moments to get the first kid out.

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There were no signs of life.

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Swinging the baby is to clear fluid from the lungs.

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Massaging is to try and get their system going.

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In fact, there were two.

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Lily was carrying twins.

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But there was never any hope.

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By the time he started to do the stitches,

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Duncan had discovered what happened.

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Unfortunately the placenta was detached already.

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So, the kids had died in the uterus

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probably some time during the night.

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At least Lily did make a full recovery.

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But when birthing time was over,

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the final count for the whole herd was pretty grim.

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Out of nine kids carried to term, there was just three still alive.

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So, of course, this year right now tensions are running high.

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As Bev settles them in for the night,

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it's anyone's guess what she'll find tomorrow morning.

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And who will be the first?

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If I had to put my money on it, I'd either go for Sour or for Prawn.

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They're looking like their stomachs are starting to change shape.

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Their back end's very puffy.

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Their udders are down.

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Also they sometimes start bleating, not to me but to themselves,

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and that's a sign that, you know,

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there's possible movement and the kids are about to come.

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So, yes, we'll just have to wait and see.

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We'll be back later, when the very first babies arrive.

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And let's just hope that this year goes a little better than last.

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Two gorillas used to live on the island in Half Mile Lake,

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Nico, the silver back male and Samba, his mate.

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They were both 46 years old, which is a very great age for a gorilla.

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And they'd spent almost their entire lives together.

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But three months ago Samba passed away.

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The keepers were all pretty upset.

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After all, she was a big part of their lives.

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But perhaps the blow fell hardest on Nico.

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And since Samba died, everyone's been putting a lot of effort

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in getting him through this difficult time.

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Well, I've come up to Gorilla Island to meet head of section, Mark Tye,

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and to see how Nico is getting on. Morning, Mark.

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-Morning, Kate.

-How are you?

-I'm fine.

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-Good. Wow, he's actually looking better than I thought.

-He is.

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He's amazingly doing really well.

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-I was so worried as to how he'd cope.

-I bet you were.

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And initially, obviously, it was very distressing for him and us.

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And slowly but surely he's really picked himself up and has,

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-kind of, changed into a much lighter individual, if you like.

-Oh, really?

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Really? So, you've actually noticed changes in his character?

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Definitely. You know, as you know,

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he had his stroppy tendencies every now and again.

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-Absolutely!

-He seems much calmer now.

-Yeah.

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Much more relaxed. He doesn't eat all his food in five seconds flat.

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He actually takes time over it.

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He uses the island a lot more.

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Spends a lot more time foraging, which he never used to do.

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He used to leave that for Samba.

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Let Samba do all the work and he'd just sit and eat, wouldn't he?

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Yes, he'd go for all the easy pickings.

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And how about... I mean, you and Michelle

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have both worked with him for a very long time.

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Particularly you. Have you noticed his, sort of, relationship,

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for want of a better word, changing towards you two as well?

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Um, he's... He went right off us, initially.

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-Really?

-After she'd died.

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He was very angry with us all.

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Almost as if he thought we'd done something to her.

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And it took a long time, it took a good few months

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for him to, sort of, come back and start being nice again.

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Particularly with me,

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he's become much more relaxed and much more vocal again.

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So, what's the plan for today?

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Well, the girls particularly, have come up with lots of new ideas

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for keeping him occupied while he's outside.

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Don't you even think about pinching my bum.

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He still has to have a cheeky, a cheeky go, doesn't he?

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He does. He hasn't lost his spirit completely.

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The girls particularly have come up with a lot of ideas

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for giving him more to do while he's outside,

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-and also inside in the house.

-Yeah.

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-And one of them is this novel lump of wood with some holes in.

-OK.

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And what they've been doing is filling the holes with all sorts of different flavoured things.

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Chocolate spread, peanut butter, honey.

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Put them down in the holes and he dips his finger in.

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So, this is sort of like the gorilla equivalent of doing the crosswords

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-every afternoon, or something?

-Yup.

-Keeping his brain active.

-Yes, yes.

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Brilliant. Well, shall we start?

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I'm gonna give you the chocolate spread

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-cos I think that stuff's evil.

-Right.

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And I'll try the honey.

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Now, this doesn't look like the most low calories of snacks.

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No, this is, this is not something we give him on a regular basis.

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Right. So, it's a kind a treat?

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A treat thing, yeah, really.

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Some of the other ideas we've come up with,

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we have a small cage feeder which we put all his fruit and vegetables in,

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-in oversize pieces.

-Right.

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That he has to push out with his fingers.

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Which again takes a long time for him to do.

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But this is a bit of fun for him and a nice, nice flavours.

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-Nice flavours.

-I quite like the chocolate myself.

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And does this go into his cage, here?

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We can put it in there if we want to.

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But we've been putting it outside for him.

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-Oh, OK.

-And hanging it from one of the trees out there.

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-Shall we go hang this up?

-Yup.

-And see what he makes of it.

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-Absolutely.

-All right. Shall I, shall I grab it?

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-It's a bit hefty.

-Weighs a ton.

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Hold on, mate, we're going to send you a treat out.

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So, you're going to hang this up, are you?

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Yup, we'll hang it up over here. Off this tree.

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Brilliant.

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OK.

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Just put it down here a minute. Let's take these shackles out.

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Well, I guess what we need to do now is let Nico out,

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and see if he likes it.

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So, join us a little bit later to find out whether Nico goes for

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peanut butter, honey or yucky chocolate spread.

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-No way is he going to go for the chocolate spread.

-He will.

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Keeper Ross Ellis and deputy head warden Ian Turner

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have come up with a similar plan to enrich feeding time

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for their troop of Rhesus Macaque monkeys.

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The hope is the more time they spend eating,

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the less time they'll have to vandalise the visitor's cars.

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They've found a couple of tree trunks in the Forestry yard.

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And the idea is to turn them into a kind of climbing frame cafe.

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But first they have to moved.

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So, Ian's called in the professionals.

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Here's Mike Worley and his heavy mover.

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-Ian.

-All right?

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Little job for you, look.

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Yeah, little.

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According to Tommy, they're not very heavy.

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It won't be that big a job, as long as we can lift them up,

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but they shouldn't be that heavy cos they're soft wood. So, simple.

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Mike's machine clears the small logs out of the way like matchwood.

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After all, this baby can shift up to one and a half tons no problem.

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Now, for the main mission.

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To pick up Ian's tree trunks, carry them up the yard,

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and then put them on to the back of a flat bed lorry.

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I'm hoping it weighs about a ton and a half, which is what he can lift.

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If it's more than that, we'll have to think of a different machine.

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It's tricky to get a grip but when he does, there's a problem.

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Mike's machine must admit defeat.

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-Too heavy?

-Too heavy, yeah.

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I suspect it's three ton there.

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It's amazing, isn't it? What you think it is.

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And that's the hollow one. We're gonna have to go to Plan B now.

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It was too big for the JCB.

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So, what we'll do is get a Telehandler in now.

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Hopefully we don't have to go to Plan C.

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This is the Telehandler.

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When it comes to heavy loads, it's a real monster.

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Capable of lifting up to three tons.

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But even the Telehandler can't handle it!

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So, now the two machines are going to have a go together.

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Come to keep an eye on his heavy metal

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is plant hire supremo John Miles.

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And even the grounds and gardens manager is here, Tommy Parker.

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But, despite their combined efforts,

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and the fact that half the estate now seems to be involved,

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the logs still aren't shifting.

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Meanwhile, back in Monkey Jungle,

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the little delinquents are getting restless.

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Bored with the cars,

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they've started on the buffalo.

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Never easy now. Plan C.

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-When we get to...

-D, E...

-Yeah!

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When we get to 26 in the alphabet we're in trouble.

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If the trunk's just too heavy,

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the only thing to do is to chop a chunk off.

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It's a bit of a disappointment that we're going to lose a bit of tree.

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But, you've still got another ten foot of it.

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It's funny, you look at a tree and think, "I'll just get a tree up,

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"pick it up, shove it in the Monkey Jungle, monkey's will be happy,"

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turns out it weighs three and half, four ton.

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Or it did. Now it's a little lighter.

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So, much to Ian's relief,

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the truncated trunk can finally be lifted onto the lorry.

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The hardest part we thought was gonna be drilling the holes.

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So, I'm hoping that's going to be the easy part.

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Right. Well, 50% done.

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That's one on the lorry. They're just gonna finish off this one.

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I'll go and unload this one and then we'll come back for that one. Fine?

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If Ian reckons his troubles are over, he could be in for a surprise.

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We'll be back later to see

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if the monkeys ever do get their fantastic new climbing frame cafe.

0:22:480:22:52

Earlier I joined head of section Mark Tye on Gorilla Island,

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preparing a special treat for Nico.

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Now, Mark, it's hanging up ready.

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The, sort of, bit of wood with all those little sticky treats in.

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So, now's the big test time. Is he gonna like it?

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I'm sure he'll like it but whether he'll go to it straight away,

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cos obviously it's something new, he might not notice it there.

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He might just disappear round the other side of the house.

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OK. So, shall we see what happens?

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Yeah, OK. Michelle, do you want to let him out, please? Thank you.

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Now quite often he comes bolting out of this door. Does he still do that?

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Sometimes, yeah.

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See how he behaves today.

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-Here he is.

-Oh, here he is.

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-All right?

-He's looking magnificent, Mark.

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I mean, he's looking, he's looking very healthy.

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Because he had all those health problems last year.

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And he did begin to look...

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-well, really quite old man-ish, didn't he?

-Yes, yes.

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But he's looking great. Look at him.

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He is. He's looking in fantastic shape.

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-And he's spotted that straight away.

-He has, straight away.

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Not quite sure whether to go straight for it.

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It's amazing, when you see him standing in that posture,

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you see that kind of classic bent back forearms,

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or the bent, sort of, forward forearms.

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And that power.

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Yeah. He's got immense power.

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He's very strong.

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But you know luckily for us he's become quite...ha!

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-Look at that.

-Chocolate.

-I think he's gone straight...

0:24:210:24:24

-No, that looked like peanut putter to me.

-Are you sure?

0:24:240:24:27

I think he went for the peanut butter. That's great.

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Oh, look at him. He looks so content. That's brilliant.

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And that's quite good cos that'll last quite a long time, you know?

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And he'll spend a lot of time messing about with it.

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Then he'll probably get bored, walk off,

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do something different and come back to it.

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Then come back and play around with it. Now, he's an old gorilla.

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-He's mid-40's now.

-47.

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47? Wow.

0:24:480:24:50

But he's always had quite a lot of grey hair.

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The grey hair isn't just age, is it?

0:24:540:24:56

No. The majority of that is the silver...

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what's known as the silverback. Which is a mature adult male.

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-And they get that through being a sign of dominance.

-Right.

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Obviously because there's no other males around, he's top dog.

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-He got it.

-He got the silverback. But there is an awful lot,

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particularly if you notice in his arms,

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that is just old age grey hair.

0:25:150:25:17

-Oh, is it?

-Yes.

-So the arms would normally be black?

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-A lot darker, yeah.

-Yeah, yeah.

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They are incredibly powerful animals.

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They are incredibly powerful, yeah.

0:25:240:25:26

Since Samba's gone he's just become much more relaxed, I think.

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Much more chilled out, much more of a gentleman.

0:25:300:25:32

Well, if, if that's a good thing to come out of the departing of Samba

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then that is, that's, that's great.

0:25:380:25:41

-Yeah.

-I mean, he seems...as I say,

0:25:410:25:43

I was really worried about seeing him today. And he, he does seem...

0:25:430:25:46

He seems, sort of, content and happy.

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And, and as you say, quite chilled out.

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Quite relaxed with his lot.

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He is, and it's pleasing for us that that's the way it's gone, you know.

0:25:540:25:57

-Absolutely.

-It could have been a lot worse.

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And, you know, he's taken to living on his own quite well.

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And we do our best to pamper him in every way we can.

0:26:030:26:06

And obviously he's still got his television that he loves to bits.

0:26:060:26:09

Well, Mark, thank you very, very much and keep up the good work.

0:26:090:26:14

-Keep him happy.

-Thank you.

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Cos he's very special, I know you think so too.

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And he's still definitely going for the peanut butter over there.

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Chocolate!

0:26:210:26:23

Back up in the goat house, there's been some exciting news.

0:26:310:26:35

Early this morning, the nanny called Sour

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gave birth to three little kids.

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But there's a problem, pygmy goats have only two teats.

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Which makes it hard for them to care for three babies.

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So, the mother will often reject and abandon one of them.

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Already it looks like Sour has decided

0:27:020:27:05

to just ignore the smallest kid.

0:27:050:27:07

It may seem hard but it is the natural way.

0:27:070:27:11

Bev Evans, who looks after the goats,

0:27:110:27:14

is giving Sour one last chance to recognise her most needy baby.

0:27:140:27:19

Sadly she just doesn't want to know.

0:27:240:27:28

So, now it's up to Bev to try to save its life.

0:27:280:27:32

She's brought the kid into the staff room where it's warmer.

0:27:340:27:37

Of course, nobody ever wants to take a baby from its mother.

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But this is a matter of life and death.

0:27:410:27:43

The kid is a little girl and her body temperature is dangerously low.

0:27:450:27:50

We're just taking over Sour's job.

0:27:500:27:53

Stimulate her, get her cleaned up, get her dry.

0:27:530:27:56

And we're just trying to...

0:27:560:27:58

see how she's gonna do, really.

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It's been a little bit touch and go.

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It's hard to say if she's going to survive or not.

0:28:040:28:07

She won't survive long without milk.

0:28:090:28:11

And the best place to get that is from Mum.

0:28:110:28:13

So, head of section, Andy Hayton,

0:28:150:28:17

is trying to get some from Sour.

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So, this will give the baby the best head start

0:28:200:28:23

it can possibly wish for.

0:28:230:28:25

You're a star. Lovely.

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Let's try a little bit more into you.

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This special first milk is called colostrum.

0:28:340:28:37

It's full of antibodies to help protect newborn babies

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from disease and infection,

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in the first few days of their precarious lives.

0:28:430:28:46

But if she's to survive, she'll need a lot more milk than this.

0:28:460:28:50

She swallowed there.

0:28:520:28:53

-Swallowed, did she?

-Yeah, just some.

0:28:530:28:56

She's too weak to take any more milk right now.

0:28:570:29:00

In fact, she doesn't look too good.

0:29:000:29:03

Sour's only had twins before.

0:29:050:29:06

She never had triplets.

0:29:060:29:09

So, she's probably quite occupied with giving birth to the second one

0:29:090:29:13

and then the third, and by that time this little one had got a bit cold

0:29:130:29:18

and wasn't bleating as much and wasn't really standing as much.

0:29:180:29:22

So, you know, once the other two were up and about,

0:29:220:29:25

Sour's attention kind of turned to them.

0:29:250:29:27

Maybe she knows something that we don't.

0:29:270:29:29

Maybe she thinks this little one's a bit of a lost cause.

0:29:290:29:32

But we can't really tell that until later on, really.

0:29:320:29:37

Is that better?

0:29:370:29:39

She's perked up a little bit

0:29:430:29:44

and then she's gone a little bit sleepy again, you know.

0:29:440:29:47

We'll just keep carrying on with this,

0:29:470:29:50

just trying to give her just a bit more energy really.

0:29:500:29:53

As I said, she's still very weak.

0:29:530:29:55

Clearly she's fading fast.

0:29:560:29:59

Maybe we'll give her a bit more of that kick start in a minute.

0:29:590:30:03

Is she taking it?

0:30:030:30:06

As a last resort, Andy is trying an emergency treatment.

0:30:060:30:09

A kind of pick me up medicine that's used by farmers on struggling newborn lambs.

0:30:090:30:15

It's like a vitamin mineral type supplement type thing

0:30:180:30:22

and it just gives them a real boost.

0:30:220:30:24

It's kind of kill or cure almost.

0:30:260:30:28

But it's not looking good.

0:30:300:30:33

She's not as perky as she was.

0:30:330:30:35

Sometimes they just quit.

0:30:350:30:37

It's what happens.

0:30:400:30:41

She's not, she's not gone yet.

0:30:430:30:46

She's not gone yet, no.

0:30:460:30:48

But Andy and Bev know there's really not much hope

0:30:510:30:55

and it may only be a matter of time.

0:30:550:30:57

Later on we'll find out what happens to the poor little kid.

0:30:570:31:02

I'm out in the new area with keeper Adrian Lanfear

0:31:090:31:12

and some of his Bactrian camels.

0:31:120:31:14

Now, Adrian, I heard a fascinating fact that there aren't actually

0:31:140:31:17

very many wild Bactrian's left in the world.

0:31:170:31:20

No. There's only about 1000 left wild in the world now.

0:31:200:31:23

Most of them are domesticated.

0:31:230:31:25

Around about two million.

0:31:250:31:27

So, basically there's two million Bactrian camels in the world.

0:31:270:31:30

But only 1,000 of those live wild.

0:31:300:31:32

-All the rest have kind of been harnessed by man.

-Yes, that's right.

0:31:320:31:35

Isn't that incredible? So, what do we use camels for?

0:31:350:31:38

Well, obviously they have many uses in the desert.

0:31:380:31:41

To carry goods across the desert.

0:31:410:31:43

Their fur can be used for coats and lining tents.

0:31:430:31:48

And also they use the milk.

0:31:480:31:51

It's the only form of nourishment for the camel herder.

0:31:510:31:55

-Wow. Have you ever tried camel milk?

-I haven't myself.

0:31:550:31:57

You haven't. Something tells me it might be a bit rich.

0:31:570:32:00

No. I'm quite happy buying mine from the supermarket.

0:32:000:32:03

Adrian, thank you very much.

0:32:030:32:05

Here's what's still to come on today's programme.

0:32:050:32:08

We'll find out if the tiny kid goat pulls through.

0:32:090:32:13

Helping out in the snake house, Kate gets three pythons to cuddle.

0:32:130:32:19

Rather her than me.

0:32:190:32:20

And shipwreck and catastrophe are only a whisker away

0:32:200:32:24

when Ben takes control of one of the big boats.

0:32:240:32:28

Hard over to me in forward gear. Forward gear. You're out of gear!

0:32:280:32:31

Don't have it out of gear. Because otherwise you're gonna go...

0:32:310:32:35

now try and keep it straight. Don't panic.

0:32:350:32:37

But now we're going to catch up

0:32:430:32:45

with deputy head warden Ian Turner and keeper Ross Ellis.

0:32:450:32:48

They've finally managed to get their tree trunks moved.

0:32:480:32:52

But they've still got a lot to do

0:32:530:32:55

before the monkeys can get their paws on them.

0:32:550:32:58

Right, tree's here.

0:33:010:33:03

-Finally.

-I don't know whether it's going to be hard to drill

0:33:030:33:07

or not hard to drill. But after the morning we've had,

0:33:070:33:10

It can't get any worse, I would have thought, than it has.

0:33:100:33:13

In the wild, Rhesus Macaque monkeys spend most of their days foraging

0:33:130:33:18

for fruit or hunting for bugs.

0:33:180:33:21

In order to make feeding more interesting here at Longleat,

0:33:210:33:24

the plan is to drill holes all over the trunks

0:33:240:33:27

and stuff their food inside.

0:33:270:33:29

Fishing it out should keep the monkeys busy for ages.

0:33:290:33:33

All right, Ross, what do you reckon? Is that deep enough, you reckon?

0:33:390:33:43

Yeah, she seems deep enough.

0:33:430:33:44

It's not the adults so much, it's the young ones.

0:33:440:33:47

We don't it so deep that they can't get all the way in.

0:33:470:33:49

-Do you know what I mean?

-Yeah.

-Because it's the young ones.

0:33:490:33:52

Because the adults it wouldn't matter so much. But the young ones.

0:33:520:33:56

-I'd say that's about right, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:33:560:33:58

-Well, I can't feel the bottom. Cool. One down.

-20 odd to go.

0:33:580:34:03

With so many holes to drill,

0:34:050:34:07

Ross and Ian are going to be here for quite a while.

0:34:070:34:11

The next morning, everything's ready for the trunks to be put in place.

0:34:190:34:24

Ian's picked the spot.

0:34:240:34:25

The main reason why we're doing the holes here

0:34:250:34:27

is we've done a lot of work on the other side.

0:34:270:34:29

So, we thought for a change we'd do something over this side.

0:34:290:34:33

We've done it in this position so it's in the sun.

0:34:330:34:35

So they've got plenty of sunshine to go in.

0:34:350:34:37

We're doing it in two different places,

0:34:370:34:39

so it's not all in one place.

0:34:390:34:41

They've got a bit of interaction between the two logs.

0:34:410:34:44

I may even put a log on top of the two, to do a bit in between.

0:34:440:34:47

But it's going quite good, after yesterday's disaster.

0:34:470:34:50

Driving the digger is heavy metal supremo John Miles.

0:34:500:34:54

He and Ian both have a good idea of how deep the hole should be.

0:34:540:34:58

Unfortunately, it's not the same idea.

0:34:580:35:01

How deep do you reckon that is, four foot?

0:35:010:35:03

It's twice as deep as half way.

0:35:030:35:05

Yeah.

0:35:050:35:08

Trust me, I'm a digger driver.

0:35:080:35:09

THEY LAUGH

0:35:090:35:11

Ha!

0:35:190:35:21

Yeah. That way, then that way.

0:35:270:35:30

So, the trunk is finally upright but Ian's still not happy.

0:35:420:35:47

-What do you reckon?

-Well, in an ideal world I'd like it to be...

0:35:470:35:50

-I'd like a little bit round that way.

-Yeah?

-If possible.

0:35:500:35:53

-What, just tweak it round that way?

-Yeah.

0:35:530:35:55

So visitors, when they come down, have the view from this bit.

0:35:550:35:59

Whereas here there's quite a few of them dotted round there.

0:35:590:36:02

If you could just hold that side, Mike.

0:36:020:36:04

You push it that way and I'll pull it that way, yeah?

0:36:040:36:07

That's straight.

0:36:220:36:23

I'm really, really pleased how it's looking.

0:36:230:36:26

I reckon if you have the other a bit further down.

0:36:260:36:29

And maybe a big log in between, it'll look really good.

0:36:290:36:31

Yeah. So, this has worked out really well. Really pleased with it.

0:36:310:36:35

Ian may be delighted

0:36:350:36:36

but it's up to the monkeys to pass the final verdict.

0:36:360:36:40

We'll be back in Monkey Jungle at feeding time.

0:36:400:36:43

To see if they also think their new trunks are tree-mendous.

0:36:430:36:47

I'm down by Half Mile Lake

0:36:540:36:56

with Kim Tucker from Pet's Corner who's put me to work.

0:36:560:36:59

-This not easy, Kim.

-No.

-I can see why you gave me the fork!

0:36:590:37:03

-It's quite stony. So, I'm digging up these plants here.

-Yup.

0:37:030:37:07

-What for?

-For the Royal Python tank back in Pet's Corner.

0:37:070:37:11

-Really?

-Yeah.

-But pythons don't eat grass, do they?

0:37:110:37:14

No, they don't. They use it for lots of other different reasons.

0:37:140:37:17

Things like hiding and it can help with the shedding of their skin,

0:37:170:37:21

-give them different things to rub through.

-Oh, OK.

0:37:210:37:23

So, they would literally sort of coil their way through it.

0:37:230:37:26

And any dead skin that they had hanging off would be pulled off?

0:37:260:37:30

It would help. This and the rocks and everything that we put in there.

0:37:300:37:33

There's also enrichment. To give them something else. Different smells.

0:37:330:37:37

OK. So, you said you want a few bigger ones?

0:37:370:37:40

Yup. There's a few back further up that way.

0:37:400:37:42

OK. Stick that in there. Right, I'll carry the fork.

0:37:420:37:45

You can do the barrow since you've been standing there doing nothing!

0:37:450:37:49

-So, I gather that pythons are the thing that you love the most?

-Yes.

0:37:490:37:53

I find them very therapeutic. It's quite nice to sit there with a python

0:37:530:37:56

and let it move through your hands. They're not quick.

0:37:560:37:59

They're very slow and very patient. Just, just lovely, lovely creatures.

0:37:590:38:03

I do quite enjoy being around them, I must say.

0:38:030:38:06

-So, these are the bigger ones that you want here?

-Perfect, yup.

0:38:060:38:09

-OK. So, what, dig up a whole plant like that?

-Yeah.

0:38:090:38:12

If we can get some quite big clumps.

0:38:120:38:15

-OK.

-Because there's quite a lot of space in the tank.

0:38:150:38:17

All right. Well, I'm going to carry on doing this with Kim...

0:38:170:38:21

if I don't break the fork, which I think I might have just done.

0:38:210:38:24

And we will join you up in Pet's Corner in just a little bit.

0:38:240:38:27

To see how much the pythons appreciate their grass.

0:38:270:38:33

Back up in the staff room,

0:38:400:38:41

it's been an hour since the newborn kid was brought inside.

0:38:410:38:45

She had to be rescued after being rejected by her mother,

0:38:450:38:48

the nanny goat called Sour.

0:38:480:38:50

Bev Evans is trying to keep the baby alive with body massage

0:38:500:38:53

and tiny feeds of mother's milk.

0:38:530:38:55

But clearly the kid's life is hanging in the balance.

0:38:550:38:59

Right now, Bev's desperately trying to keep the baby warm.

0:38:590:39:04

Brought in a hot water bottle

0:39:040:39:05

just to try and warm it up from all angles, really.

0:39:050:39:08

And starting to perk up a little bit.

0:39:080:39:11

Starting to lift its head but only in like fits and starts.

0:39:110:39:15

It's not really... jumping for joy yet.

0:39:150:39:19

The kid was rejected because Sour must have felt

0:39:190:39:22

she couldn't look after three babies at once.

0:39:220:39:25

But now head of section Andy Hayton has spotted a problem

0:39:250:39:28

with one of the other kids.

0:39:280:39:30

So, he's called in vet Paul Higgs to take a look.

0:39:300:39:34

Five hours after being born, one of them still can't stand up properly.

0:39:340:39:39

No, there was no strength in it whatsoever.

0:39:400:39:42

Whenever he was putting weight on it,

0:39:420:39:44

his back legs were just both splaying completely.

0:39:440:39:47

He's quite weak, isn't he? I think his main problem

0:39:470:39:50

is that his toes aren't... If you put his toes flat,

0:39:500:39:52

he can't actually stand on the bottoms of his feet at the moment.

0:39:520:39:56

Because he's tendons are all contracted down.

0:39:560:39:59

The problem was caused by having three babies in the womb.

0:40:000:40:03

They were squashed together with no room to stretch.

0:40:030:40:06

So, the tendons in his back legs haven't developed properly.

0:40:060:40:10

Generally they come right within 24 hours, you know.

0:40:100:40:14

Otherwise we could...

0:40:140:40:16

if he's still not right sort of tomorrow afternoon or whenever...

0:40:160:40:20

then we can stick a splint on them. That's the other thing.

0:40:200:40:23

But considering it's both of them,

0:40:230:40:25

we don't really want to be splinting both his legs.

0:40:250:40:28

And usually they just come right all by themselves.

0:40:280:40:31

And in terms of her, I mean,

0:40:310:40:32

she looks fantastic for having just given birth to three.

0:40:320:40:35

So...I think they'll do fine.

0:40:350:40:38

While the vet's been in the barn,

0:40:380:40:40

Bev's been waiting in the staff room with the poor little kid.

0:40:400:40:44

She was fading away but now there's been a minor miracle.

0:40:440:40:48

About an hour ago she was still wrapped up in a towel,

0:41:050:41:08

hardly lifting her head and then just took the towel off her.

0:41:080:41:11

And she just stood straight up, had a wee

0:41:110:41:13

and she's been like this ever since. Just won't even sit down.

0:41:130:41:16

Yeah.

0:41:160:41:18

With little young ones, like lambs and kids,

0:41:180:41:20

when they've got very little energy when they come out,

0:41:200:41:24

very little reserves.

0:41:240:41:25

So, if they get cold they rapidly use those up, you know.

0:41:250:41:29

Once they've warmed up, they tend to come back to life quite quickly.

0:41:290:41:33

She's, she's quite good. If you stick your finger in her mouth,

0:41:330:41:36

she sucks really nice and strong now.

0:41:360:41:38

So, she should be quite happy to go onto the bottle now.

0:41:380:41:41

Rather than just squirting it into her mouth.

0:41:410:41:45

And she's got loads of energy.

0:41:450:41:47

She looks as good as the other two now, doesn't she, really?

0:41:470:41:50

Yeah, she does, yeah. Bless her.

0:41:500:41:52

It's turned out pretty well, as you can see.

0:41:520:41:55

Bit of a shock actually taking off the towel

0:41:550:41:58

and she just stood straight up.

0:41:580:41:59

So, from nearly death's door to up and about and quite lively.

0:41:590:42:04

Yeah, really pleased.

0:42:040:42:06

Long day but yeah, very good day in the end.

0:42:060:42:10

So far so good. But now Bev and Andy will have to raise her by hand,

0:42:100:42:14

bottle feeding her day and night.

0:42:140:42:17

And with four other pregnant nannies due to give birth any day now,

0:42:170:42:21

they could be in for a very busy time.

0:42:210:42:24

Amongst his many adventures and courageous exploits,

0:42:300:42:33

you may remember that our Ben once rode across the Atlantic,

0:42:330:42:37

along with Olympic oarsman James Cracknell.

0:42:370:42:39

For someone to take on such a serious piece of water

0:42:390:42:43

in such a tiny craft, they'd have to be pretty keen on boating.

0:42:430:42:47

So, when Ben heard that Longleat has got two new tour boats,

0:42:470:42:50

we couldn't keep him away.

0:42:500:42:52

Though this time he has agreed to keep his clothes on.

0:42:520:42:56

I love messing around in boats.

0:42:560:42:59

And today there's a real treat in store for me.

0:42:590:43:01

Because I'm going to learn to drive a boat in a lake filled with hippos,

0:43:010:43:07

sea lions and an island with gorillas.

0:43:070:43:10

Now, up here, is head of boats... morning, Bill.

0:43:100:43:14

-Hello, Ben. Nice to see you.

-How are you?

-Fine.

0:43:140:43:17

You're going to teach me how to drive the Lady Lenka.

0:43:170:43:19

This is one of the new boats on Half Mile Lake, isn't it?

0:43:190:43:22

I'm going to do my best. I know you've ridden row boats

0:43:220:43:25

-but I'm not sure how you are with power boats.

-Very different sort.

0:43:250:43:28

I am itching to get on the water.

0:43:280:43:30

-Shall we?

-OK.

-What's the first thing to do?

0:43:300:43:32

-I'd like to show you the controls of the boat for a start.

-OK.

0:43:320:43:36

Up for forward, down for reverse, wheel for port and starboard.

0:43:360:43:41

Throttle for however many revs you want.

0:43:410:43:44

-We're waiting to cast away?

-Yup. He released the back strap.

0:43:440:43:47

When I'm clear of the other bit, I'm going to pass this over to you, Ben.

0:43:470:43:50

Now, we're clear of everything. Do you want to take over?

0:43:530:43:56

-If you trust me.

-I do.

-Right.

0:43:560:43:58

Obviously just want to avoid this island. But this is where Nico lives.

0:44:020:44:05

Yeah, Nico's on here. Try and keep it straight.

0:44:050:44:08

Push the throttle down to just give it a bit more power.

0:44:100:44:14

No, keep it down. Don't take it off. No, you've taken all the revs off.

0:44:140:44:18

-We've got no power at all.

-I'm not doing well, am I?

-You're doing OK.

0:44:180:44:21

Watch your back, you've got to keep at least 30 feet from the island.

0:44:210:44:25

There's so many things to think about! I've got the radio going,

0:44:250:44:28

-I'm worried about... Oh, is that OK? Is it still turning?

-Yeah.

0:44:280:44:31

Cos I want to turn the other way.

0:44:310:44:33

The boat goes in the direction you turn the wheel,

0:44:330:44:36

whether it's going forward or backward.

0:44:360:44:38

There's so much to think about!

0:44:380:44:39

Now, next thing is you've got Jo-Jo standing up on the tree there.

0:44:410:44:44

That's a... we call it a tree lion at Longleat.

0:44:440:44:48

-A tree lion!

-Now I want you concentrate a bit here.

0:44:480:44:51

Here is the tricky part.

0:44:510:44:53

With any vessel, the most challenging manoeuvre is landing the boat.

0:44:530:44:58

Just take a few revs off. Take it down one notch there.

0:44:580:45:01

That's it, lovely.

0:45:010:45:03

I imagine this is the hardest part.

0:45:030:45:06

Very hard and you don't do anything

0:45:060:45:08

other than follow precisely what I tell you, please.

0:45:080:45:11

Start your turn as if you're going doing the cut.

0:45:110:45:13

Keep turning but keep going in that direction first.

0:45:130:45:16

Come further down, otherwise you'll land too high up the key.

0:45:160:45:19

Push the revs on it because you're not coming round fast enough.

0:45:190:45:23

That's it, watch, watch it. OK?

0:45:230:45:25

-Yup, very good.

-That's fine. That's fine.

0:45:250:45:28

-This is quite nerve-wrecking.

-Yup.

0:45:280:45:30

-More.

-More revs?

-More revs, yeah. Right, take the revs off.

0:45:300:45:34

-Put it into reverse now.

-Have I put it into reverse?

0:45:340:45:36

Yeah and that has the same affect. Hold it in reverse.

0:45:360:45:39

Wheel right over. Now, forward gear.

0:45:390:45:42

Hard over to me in forward gear. Forward gear! You're out of gear.

0:45:420:45:45

Don't have it out of gear cos otherwise you're going to...

0:45:450:45:48

Don't panic! Just go slowly.

0:45:480:45:50

-Hard over to you?

-Yeah. Take it out... Yeah. Take the revs off.

0:45:500:45:54

Now, right up the key.

0:45:540:45:56

ALARM BEEPS

0:45:560:45:57

-Oh, you've stopped the engine.

-Oh, dear.

0:45:570:46:01

-You took the revs right off.

-I took the revs right off.

0:46:010:46:04

Right, keep the wheel hard up to the left.

0:46:040:46:06

-Hard to the left.

-And just keep going.

0:46:060:46:08

Little bit of forward motion.

0:46:080:46:10

Now then, I want you to put the wheel hard over to the left.

0:46:100:46:13

Hard over to the left, yeah?

0:46:130:46:15

-And put it into reverse.

-Into reverse?

-Just very gently.

0:46:150:46:18

That's it. That's it. Hold it.

0:46:180:46:20

-Out of gear.

-Out of gear.

0:46:200:46:22

That's it, take the revs off.

0:46:220:46:24

You've landed the boat.

0:46:240:46:26

That's it, leave it like that.

0:46:280:46:30

Now, what you've done, you've brought it to the point.

0:46:300:46:33

-But when she's tied the boat up, we can open this gate.

-Right.

0:46:330:46:36

-And we're right opposite the entrance. Just like that.

-Ta-da!

0:46:360:46:41

Now, not everybody can do what you've just done.

0:46:410:46:44

They sometimes bang the key, panic.

0:46:440:46:46

So, how do you rate me, out of ten?

0:46:460:46:48

-Oh, I'd give that a nine out of ten instantly.

-Nine out of ten.

0:46:480:46:51

For your first go at landing it.

0:46:510:46:53

So, so I could, I could have a job here one day?

0:46:530:46:55

-Oh, absolutely. Oh, yeah.

-Fantastic. Bill, thank you very much. Thank you.

0:46:550:47:00

There's hope for me yet, even if I do have to wipe my brow.

0:47:000:47:04

That was pretty scary.

0:47:040:47:07

When Sour the nanny goat gave birth to three kids,

0:47:160:47:19

no-one really thought that the tiny weak one was going to survive.

0:47:190:47:24

But that didn't stop Bev Evans and Andy Hayton doing all they could.

0:47:240:47:29

And now here we are one week later.

0:47:290:47:34

And here she is, the comeback kid.

0:47:360:47:40

Pretty amazing... comeback of all comebacks,

0:47:440:47:46

I think this one, isn't it?

0:47:460:47:48

I mean, there was points when we actually thought it was dead.

0:47:480:47:51

So, it's nice when things like this happen.

0:47:510:47:53

She came home with me on the first night.

0:47:530:47:57

And she stayed at my house probably a good five, five or six days.

0:47:570:48:02

Because she was just so incredibly weak.

0:48:020:48:05

She's special in lots of ways.

0:48:050:48:07

She's called Bubble.

0:48:070:48:09

Because she sits, after she's had her milk

0:48:090:48:12

and blows big bubbles out the side of her mouth.

0:48:120:48:14

So, yeah - a special character.

0:48:140:48:16

You may have noticed that Bubble isn't the only new kid on the block.

0:48:180:48:22

In fact since Sour gave birth,

0:48:220:48:24

four of the other nanny goats have also had theirs.

0:48:240:48:27

There are baby goats everywhere.

0:48:270:48:31

Male, male...male.

0:48:330:48:37

Five... Yeah, five males. Four females.

0:48:400:48:44

Bubble still needs to be bottle fed

0:48:450:48:47

and now she's not the only one Bev's got to take special care of.

0:48:470:48:52

I couldn't believe it. Two sets of triplets. Oh, my God!

0:48:520:48:55

That was just a shock.

0:48:550:48:56

Obviously we've got two which we're hand rearing on the bottle.

0:48:560:49:00

As you can see, very healthy and hungry. You know, all together

0:49:000:49:03

and all playing around in the sunshine doing really well.

0:49:030:49:06

When I was growing up, I just wanted to be working with animals.

0:49:130:49:17

I grew up on a farm and I've always wanted,

0:49:170:49:19

you know, a job that's outside and involves a lot of animals.

0:49:190:49:23

Cuddly, non-cuddly, whatever shape, big or small.

0:49:230:49:26

So, hanging around with goats which are coming out of your ears...

0:49:260:49:29

yeah, it's brilliant. Very nice.

0:49:290:49:32

At the moment they're not staying in this paddock.

0:49:320:49:35

We move them up to the top goat barn at night.

0:49:350:49:37

Just because it's warmer and cosier.

0:49:370:49:39

And that in itself is a feat.

0:49:390:49:41

Organising four mums and many babies is certainly a feat to be seen.

0:49:410:49:47

The pygmy goats may be smaller than most of the other residents

0:49:480:49:52

of the East African Reserve,

0:49:520:49:53

but at round-up time they can be a lot more trouble.

0:49:530:49:57

Come on, goats!

0:50:060:50:09

We'll be checking back on the pygmy goats

0:50:090:50:12

and all their kids later in the series.

0:50:120:50:14

Earlier I helped Kim Tucker collect a load of grass,

0:50:210:50:24

which we have down here, for the pythons.

0:50:240:50:26

-And now I suppose it's a question of giving this to them.

-Yep.

-OK.

0:50:260:50:30

What we're going to do first is take all the old stuff out

0:50:300:50:33

cos it all looks a bit grotty.

0:50:330:50:35

-Yup.

-So, they've obviously had good use of it.

-Lovely.

0:50:350:50:38

-All right. Well, I've got the muck bucket.

-Lovely job.

0:50:380:50:41

Just open up the door.

0:50:410:50:42

So, they're not all going to make a dash for it, presumably?

0:50:440:50:49

No, no. They shouldn't do. They're not particularly quick.

0:50:490:50:52

We've got a few up here. We'll get them out the way first.

0:50:520:50:55

-We've got...

-OK. Who's this one?

0:50:550:50:56

-That one is Khan.

-Oh, Khan. Now, Khan's the male, isn't he?

0:50:560:51:01

-One of the males.

-Yup. These are all the males in here.

0:51:010:51:04

-OK.

-So, that one's Kalif.

0:51:040:51:06

Do they mind being kind of held in a great big kind of bundle, like this?

0:51:060:51:10

Not particularly, no.

0:51:100:51:11

As long as they're lovely and warm, they don't really mind.

0:51:110:51:14

OK. So, I'll keep them close to me. Hello, guys.

0:51:140:51:16

Gosh, they are absolutely beautiful.

0:51:160:51:18

This is Sir Hiss. This is our newest one.

0:51:180:51:21

-Sir Hiss?

-Yes.

0:51:210:51:23

-He's gorgeous.

-He is lovely.

0:51:230:51:25

Now, these are relatively small snakes.

0:51:250:51:28

Are they... Have they still got some growing to do?

0:51:280:51:31

Sir Hiss has. He's quite a small one. Khan's actually fully grown.

0:51:310:51:35

-Oh, OK.

-For a male.

0:51:350:51:36

The one underneath, that's Kalif. Khan, under here. He's fully grown.

0:51:360:51:41

Boy Royal Pythons generally don't get very big.

0:51:410:51:44

Sort of maximum of about three or four foot.

0:51:440:51:47

The girls have been known to get up to about six foot.

0:51:470:51:49

-Really?

-Yup.

-All right. Well, I've got hold of these guys.

0:51:490:51:52

Do you want me to hold the bucket?

0:51:520:51:54

Just pop that on the floor for the minute.

0:51:540:51:56

Don't want to give you too much to do. Dropping everything.

0:51:560:51:59

Ha! Arm full of snakes and a bad bucket.

0:51:590:52:02

So, we're going to clear all this lot out?

0:52:020:52:04

Yup. I don't know if you want to just have a look, just down here.

0:52:040:52:07

-If I can just show you... in the grass here.

-Yeah.

0:52:070:52:11

Is actually...

0:52:110:52:12

Negotiate the pond.

0:52:130:52:15

Oh, look at that.

0:52:150:52:18

-Amazing.

-So, they've used this one.

0:52:180:52:20

So, this just goes to prove...

0:52:200:52:22

That they use it.

0:52:220:52:23

..That they use it to shed... help shed their skin.

0:52:230:52:27

That's incredible. And it's basically because

0:52:270:52:29

the skin doesn't grow at the same rate as them. Is that right?

0:52:290:52:32

Kind of, yeah. It rejuvenates.

0:52:320:52:34

Same way our skin comes off all the time, their's comes off all at once.

0:52:340:52:38

When they get injured and stuff like that,

0:52:380:52:40

-it takes a long time for reptile skin to heal.

-Right.

0:52:400:52:43

So, any reptiles really. Their skin's not very rejuvenative.

0:52:430:52:46

OK. I'm going to stick that down.

0:52:460:52:48

So, these all need to go in the muck bucket?

0:52:480:52:51

-Yup. There's some quite large ones down here.

-Right. Whoops.

0:52:510:52:55

There we go. Look, boys, at all this work we're doing for you.

0:52:550:52:59

How do you think their new greenery is looking? Shall we see if we...

0:52:590:53:03

I will pop a few little bits down here.

0:53:030:53:05

OK, shall I put these guys back and see if they approve.

0:53:050:53:09

Now, look at you lot. You've got yourselves all tangled up.

0:53:090:53:12

I don't know which one's which.

0:53:120:53:13

They're absolutely beautiful. There you are, I'll give you this one.

0:53:130:53:17

Thank you very much.

0:53:170:53:18

And we'll make sure that they enjoy their nice new enclosure.

0:53:180:53:22

Kim, thank you very much for letting me help you today.

0:53:220:53:25

-No worries.

-And right, you gorgeous boys,

0:53:250:53:28

I shall put you back to enjoy your new grass. There you go.

0:53:280:53:33

There you are. See what you make of that.

0:53:330:53:35

After 36 hours of hard work, deputy head warden Ian Turner

0:53:450:53:50

and keeper Ross Ellis's new tree trunk climbing-frame cafe

0:53:500:53:54

is finally ready for the hungry monkeys.

0:53:540:53:56

It's all finished now. All ready to trial.

0:53:560:53:59

It's going to take a little bit of a while to feed this morning.

0:53:590:54:04

But the longer we take, it means that the more time

0:54:040:54:08

the monkeys have got to take to get it all out.

0:54:080:54:11

And normally we just scatter this all over the floor.

0:54:110:54:15

And a lot of it goes to birds, which hopefully will cut that out a bit.

0:54:170:54:21

But they're very inquisitive. They're already looking, look.

0:54:210:54:25

As soon as we walk away they'll be here.

0:54:250:54:27

In fact, they'll probably be here before we've finished

0:54:270:54:30

at the rate we're going.

0:54:300:54:31

They're going to wonder what it is.

0:54:310:54:33

As soon as we're gone they'll be over here to check it out.

0:54:330:54:36

Hopefully they will enjoy it. Fingers crossed.

0:54:360:54:39

Yeah, well, I'm looking forward to seeing it in action.

0:54:420:54:45

Obviously we've put a lot of effort into this.

0:54:450:54:48

More than we thought we should have!

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But it should keep them occupied for a little while at least.

0:54:500:54:54

Right. Want to step back and see what happens?

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I don't think they're going to be very long.

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No, they'll be here straight away.

0:55:000:55:02

-Normally is takes about five minutes to eat this, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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Hopefully with this new apparatus, it'll take a bit longer.

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Normally, that one there, that'd be finished.

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And, look, he's sat perched on there and taking it a bit at a time.

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Normally when we do a scatter feed,

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the buffalo come in and pinch their food.

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This way, hopefully the buffalo won't get so much.

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And the monkeys are just literally using them as springboards.

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Once the food's gone, the young ones might use this as a play thing.

0:55:410:55:45

-Yeah.

-You might find this turns into the juvenile kids corner.

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They'll all hang around this side more.

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So, was all the effort worth it?

0:55:510:55:53

-Considering how much effort it did take.

-Oh, yeah.

0:55:530:55:56

To get it all here and get all the work in, I'm pleased.

0:55:560:55:59

-Yeah. I'm more than pleased.

-More than pleased.

-Yeah, definitely.

0:55:590:56:03

Only time will tell if this is going to keep the monkeys off the cars.

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And curb their vandalistic tendencies.

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But certainly monkey meal times will never be quite the same again.

0:56:110:56:15

They're up there with Romeo and Juliet

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or even Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler.

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But unlike those star-crossed lovers,

0:56:330:56:36

Trevor and Honey are still living their happy ever after ending.

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Because after three years together,

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it looks like she hasn't lost that loving feeling.

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And frankly, my dear, he does give a damn.

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Kate and I are out in the East Africa Reserve

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with head of section Andy Hayton and Honey the ostrich.

0:56:520:56:55

Now, Andy, she's obviously sitting on a nest here, isn't she?

0:56:550:56:59

-Yup.

-Any idea how many eggs there are under there?

0:56:590:57:01

-There's about 17, 18 eggs under there at the last count.

-Wow.

0:57:010:57:04

That sounds like an amazing number.

0:57:040:57:06

We have done really well. And it's all down to those two.

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They, like a I say, they're just such dedicated parents.

0:57:090:57:12

-They're really good.

-Now, Andy, we've got just over here,

0:57:120:57:16

Trevor has taken an even more active interest in us.

0:57:160:57:18

Is this something to be aware of? We don't want to stress them out.

0:57:180:57:22

Yeah. I mean, it's just that dedicated parent thing.

0:57:220:57:25

Trev sees us over here.

0:57:250:57:26

She's vulnerable at the moment laid there on the nest.

0:57:260:57:29

So, Trev's here to protect her and his interests, which are his eggs.

0:57:290:57:34

It seems very strange, that she's lying there with her head so flat.

0:57:340:57:37

You'd think that she would have her head up

0:57:370:57:39

and be looking around for potential predators.

0:57:390:57:42

That's an ostrich burying its head in the sand.

0:57:420:57:44

-That's where it came from.

-Oh, wow. Of course.

-She makes a low profile.

0:57:440:57:48

You see all the long grass, I've cut some of the grass short.

0:57:480:57:52

But if she was in the longish grass...

0:57:520:57:54

-You wouldn't see her.

-She sits like that, nobody can see her.

0:57:540:57:57

She's less vulnerable. It does look like a pile of feathers.

0:57:570:58:00

Absolutely, yeah. A good defence mechanism is stay still.

0:58:000:58:03

Thanks, Andy. I know you'll keep us up to date with any developments

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as they happen. That's all we've got time for on today's programme.

0:58:070:58:10

Here's what's coming up on the next Animal Park.

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

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To prove they're just big pussy cats.

0:58:160:58:20

We go in search of the world's most dangerous tortoise food.

0:58:200:58:25

And there's a life and death drama,

0:58:250:58:28

when babies are born on Meerkat Mountain.

0:58:280:58:31

So, don't miss the next Animal Park.

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Kate has her hands full with three royal pythons, the monkeys get a deluxe feeding post, Ben takes one of the park's boats for a spin round gorilla island and a newborn pygmy goat has to fight to survive.


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