Episode 17 Dick 'N' Dom Go Wild


Episode 17

Wildlife show. Amelia and Crista are on red fox alert and Heba and Michelle fix an itchy hound and sort a stinky staffie.


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This show features highly skilled professionals,

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working with potentially dangerous and unpredictable animals.

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-So do not, I repeat, do not try this at home.

-Hmm.

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Did you know that now, right now, there's people all around the country

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who are working their socks off

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to help wounded wildlife and poorly pets?

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And we've managed to get VIP passes for some willing helpers

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who are going to get stuck in at the busiest vets, wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres.

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On today's show:

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Amelia and Crista are on a red fox alert, and get some giddy gulls ready for their return to the wild.

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Have you got a hold of it? Whoa, it's having a go at his camera!

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Heba and Michelle turn vet assistants and fix an itchy hound,

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sort a stinky Staffie

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and ogle a giant owl.

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-This is Einstein, the European eagle owl.

-Whoa!

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That's big.

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And Dom does his best to get frantic ferrets flying through his very special assault course.

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Bye, Mark. Get in the tube.

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In the drain pipe. Go and have some fun.

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It's tough and dirty work...

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but someone's got to do it.

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Today on Dick and Dom Go Wild I'm at The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre in Northumberland.

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This is a place where they like to keep animal welfare in the family.

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It's owned by Kim Alton, who, with husband Alan, has spent

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the last 17 years rescuing and caring for domestic animals and wildlife

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in need of helping hands.

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That's a long time looking after animals. I bet they can do with extra help - we can fix that.

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Amelia and Crista are two chums from Leeds, who, as you can see,

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are very, very excited about their chance to work with wildlife.

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Amelia would love a pet of her own.

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I want a pet, but my mum won't let me have one.

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We're so frightened of them, dogs, anything, really, to be honest.

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-I don't like big dogs.

-Crista has a house full of pets.

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She's got a pet snake, a hamster, and a friendly dog, Biff.

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But she's less wowed by wildlife.

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I really do like animals,

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but some of them I'm just a bit scared of.

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I'm pretty certain the animal sanctuary can sort all of that wildlife worry out.

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Watch, I'll prove it.

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-Amelia.

-Hi.

-How you doing? Crista, you all right?

-Yeah.

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-Now, got your wellies?

-Yeah.

-Got your waterproofs?

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-Yeah.

-Got your weird rubber gloves?

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-Yeah.

-Ha-ha-ha! Let's do it.

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We are off to the wildfowl pen, where one of the ducks

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seems to be suffering from a real sinking feeling.

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He's lost the knack of staying afloat and now isn't keen on having a bath.

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Oh, I can see why!

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You wouldn't catch me in there. I'd go in it, you just wouldn't catch me!

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You see that pond there?

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You see it's full of brown, really muddy,

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very dirty water, full of poo.

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-I need help cleaning it out.

-BOTH: Urgh!

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Can you do that?

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If the girls can get the bath scrubbed up clean,

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-they might be able to convince the dawdling duck to take the plunge again.

-It's a bit smelly.

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-I officially don't like these birds!

-I'm stuck, Amelia!

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-Careful!

-I have to confess I'm a little surprised to see a duck that can't stay afloat.

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-What's that about, then, eh?

-Not all ducks can manage in the water.

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So what they do is, in the wild, they've got lots of glands underneath their feathers,

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and they preen their feathers and they put all of this waxy oil

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on their feathers, and that's what stops them drowning.

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We need to put this Eider duck in the water and see if she can actually float.

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-Will she sink, though?

-Well, that's the problem.

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If we actually release this duck and she's not waterproof, she would sink and she would drown.

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So it's sink or swim time later.

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Will our girls be able to get that mucky bath all lovely and clean?

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But first my old mate Dick is about to enjoy a vet's life just down the road from here.

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In this series, we're meeting some amazing animals

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and the amazing people who dedicate their lives to looking after them.

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And today, is no exception.

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Eden Hill vets. This place is always on the go,

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patching up pets from in and around the North East and beyond.

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Top dog here is Jason Atherton, and he's up for taking on two animal assistants today.

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-Jason.

-How you doing?

-Nice to meet you. So, why did you become a vet?

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My father bought me some hens when I was eight, and since then that's all I ever wanted to do,

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-work with animals.

-Oh, what a lovely story.

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Well, today we've got two volunteers that are a bit unsure about animals. Take a look at this.

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Meet Heba and Michelle, two canny lasses from Newcastle,

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with very different interests.

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Michelle loves to break a move or two.

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Heba is more into books than boogieing.

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One thing they both have in common, they're not too fussed about animals. Dogs definitely don't move them.

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I've always wanted to, like, stroke them, but when I get close,

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kind of close to them I get really scared.

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-I just don't like them.

-THEY SCREAM

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I don't like them.

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They bite, and if they don't have an owner start chasing you.

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So two girls who'd rather pass on pets, but I reckon

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we could be on a winner if we drop in at a busy vets' practice.

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Girls, all kitted out, certainly looking the part.

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Jason, please, tell them what they'll be doing today.

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We've got a very busy ops list today.

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-The first case is a dog with an itch, and we aim to try and find out why.

-Enjoy your day. Off you go.

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Rocco, the big pup with a mystery itch, is patient number one.

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Right, girls, here we are. Here's Rocco.

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He is a big dog, but he's really soft.

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Remember, they're not doggie lovers so not doing a runner from big Rocco is a great start!

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Who's a lovely dog?

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Rocco is a Dogue de Bordeaux, and believe it or not, he's not even fully grown yet.

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-He's only nine months old.

-How big will he be when he's fully grown?

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He'll be a bit bigger than this, maybe couple of stone heavier.

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I think he's going to be really big.

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In fact, when he grows up Rocco could easily weigh over eight stone,

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which is roughly the equivalent of 18 fully grown chihuahuas.

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It seems the girls appear to have forgotten their dog doubting ways,

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and are more than happy to stroke Rocco.

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Do you feel a bit more at ease with him now you've stroked him?

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-Yeah.

-ROCCO BARKS

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Now they're comfortable in Rocco's company,

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they can help Jason get to the bottom of what's making this dog so itchy.

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That's if we can get his bottom on top of this examination area.

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-So you've got to try and get that up there?

-We're going to try.

-OK!

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Looks like a tall order to me.

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And the tasks get tougher later - will our girls scrub up to be top vet volunteers?

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At the sanctuary, Amelia and Crista are "quacking" on with the job

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of filling a pond for a poorly duck that's having a bit of a wobble.

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This one's struggling to stay afloat, and the girls have been preparing

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a safe place for her to try and swim again.

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We hope she stays in the pond, and we hope she preens herself, and we hope she floats.

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If she doesn't, it means we can't release her back to the wild.

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If a duck's feathers get waterlogged, they can get that sinking feeling.

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-Well, actually they just sink, to be honest.

-Will she sink, though?

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Well, she could, so it's really, really important that we make sure she's waterproofed.

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This one's been springing a few leaks and it's time for the girls to find out where.

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Gently, drip some water on her back, and let's see if they form into droplets.

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-There. Did you see that?

-Yeah!

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Just perfect droplets. Look at that.

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Do you see how the water is literally off a duck's back?

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You see, she can't get wet now because the water's just falling off, isn't it?

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The problem is it's not just the back that's got to be waterproofed, it's the chest, too.

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Try and put some drops of water on its chest and see what happens.

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Put lots of water on her chest. What's happening now?

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-It's soaking in.

-It's soaking in. Exactly.

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If I put her in the water, she would get soaked on her chest

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and the feathers would get heavier and heavier, and they would pull her drown and she would drown.

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Thanks to Amelia and Crista,

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this duck has somewhere safe to practise swimming again,

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without fear of drowning, and hopefully she'll soon have waterproofed her feathers all over.

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And there's more ducking and diving later, as Sasha the cagey fox needs her toilet cleaning.

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It's stuck!

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Urgh, there's white worms!

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-It's maybe maggots.

-Urgh!

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Heba and Michelle are doting on dogs at this North East vet's practice.

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First up is Rocco, the big pup with a mystery itch, and

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vet Jason thinks he's might know what's wrong with the big lad.

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I suspect he's probably got a mite that young puppies get,

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that make him very itchy.

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Because these mites live in burrows in the skin,

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we have to scrape the skin until we get blood.

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What would help me is if you could just talk to him and stroke him,

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-and that'll put him at ease and make it a lot less stressful for him.

-They're handling this job like pros.

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Jason takes some tiny skin samples to study under the microscope.

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-And Rocco's free to go and have a lie down, and dream about chasing cats.

-Good boy.

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There's no time to rest for Heba and Michelle, though.

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They've got to see if they can spot the mites that are causing the itchiness.

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And Professor Heba soon sees the culprits.

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It looks like a sausage with legs.

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-That's it. Well done. See the little legs?

-Yeah.

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So we have a diagnosis, but what's next for Rocco the dog?

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We're going to give him a medicated shampoo.

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-So rinse and a shine. Ready, girls?

-Yeah.

-Come on, this way.

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Rocco!

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Does the dog enjoy being shampooed?

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Every dog's different. I suspect this dog will be a bit of a fidget.

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It's a big dog, and he's still a puppy, so I don't think he'll let us shampoo him.

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There's only one way to find out. Time to give Rocco a rub down and a rinse.

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If you just talk to him that'll put him at ease.

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With Heba and Michelle on hand to keep him calm,

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he's quite pleased to have a poochy pampering.

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Ooh, er, you have got a little something on your chin there, Rocco.

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-It's a bit of... Never mind.

-Good boy.

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Hopefully after a few more canine cleansing sessions like this, Rocco's itching will be a thing of the past.

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-Do you think you like dogs more now?

-Yeah.

-You think you have helped him out?

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-Yeah.

-You've been a great help. Thank you.

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Iit's to the operating theatre later, when the girls attempt to remove the stink from

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a pongy pooch's whiffy ear, but will the keyhole surgery get them bolting for the door?

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I don't want to see the blood, but except from that, I'm excited.

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Before all of that, Dom lifts the lid on rescued ferrets - and regrets it.

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Where have you been? It's your turn to help the animals.

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I've just been to collect the mustard lid that you told me to get.

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I said mustelids. Mustelids, as in weasels, pole cats, ferrets, otters.

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-Right.

-Mustelids.

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Now these poor fellows were dumped by a river bank,

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so they've not had much human contact.

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So today it is your challenge to get them to socialise with each other, have a bit of exercise, bit of fun.

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-So you could build them an obstacle course.

-You mean like the one I've already built over there?

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-Yes!

-Good.

-Important job, this, believe it or not.

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Ferrets love nothing more than adventure and exploration - they get all miserable without it.

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This is Mark. That's Mark.

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Hello, Mark. All right? Do you want to go in this tube?

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It's OK. It's all to do with socialising. Bye!

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Get in the tube. In the drain pipe. That's it, go and have some fun.

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There he is, there's Mark.

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Quick, let's put the rest in before he comes out the other end.

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Here's Jason. Get in.

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Here's Gary. Come on, Gary.

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And there's Howard.

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Go on, Howard, in you get.

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Ferrets aren't wild animals, they were domesticated by humans thousands of years ago.

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The Romans used them to catch rats and rabbits, and you can see why.

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They're usually crepuscular, which means they're only busy at dawn and dusk.

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They sleep the rest of the time - up to 18 hours a day.

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Talking of which, Dom looks shattered.

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Right then, I think I've completed this challenge.

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I think I've socialised all these ferrets.

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Very good. Let's go. Bye-bye.

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We're off for tea and cake at Auntie Maureen's.

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Heba and Michelle have been helping out hounds at a seriously busy County Durham vet's.

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Hello, girls.

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They're now with vet Nick, who has a Staffordshire bull terrier with a right pongy problem.

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This is Tammy and she's had a sore ear for quite a number of months.

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Tammy's ear is badly infected and to be blunt, it stinks.

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So she's going to need an operation to get rid of the problem.

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First Tammy is given a sedative and within minutes she's out for the count.

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Heba prepares the dozing dog by carefully shaving the side of her head with clippers.

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Then Michelle removes some of the yucky pus-like substance that's been making Tammy such a pongy pooch.

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Please don't go poking around in pets' ears or using hair clippers yourselves. We're with experts here.

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Over to the operating theatre now to fix that awful ear for good.

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How smelly can the ear get?

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It's quite common that people come in with their dogs

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and say, "I don't know what's wrong with the dog, but it smells."

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You just lift the ear up and you can see all the horrible stuff you were cleaning out of the ear.

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It smells absolutely horrible.

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Nick must remove the infected section inside Tammy's ear canal and carefully seal up the wound.

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I don't want to see the blood, but except for that, I'm excited.

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As the op kicks off,

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Heba and Michelle watch from the observation room.

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But there's no stopping these two. Within minutes they're up close and keen to get nearer to the action.

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I think you two are brilliant.

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You weren't even going to come in and look at you now, having a good look.

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Proper access all areas, this.

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Tammy needs intricate keyhole surgery

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to remove the infected part of the ear canal.

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Nick has to make sure he does this without damaging the nerves which can cause more serious problems.

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So, having been in our vet's, do you think you'd like to come and work with animals when you're older?

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I would like to,

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but I wouldn't like to be doing the surgeries.

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Nearly there.

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-So this is the last stitch going in and then we're done. That's going to make a lot of difference.

-Yes.

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It will get rid of the horrible smell and hopefully

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she'll be as right as rain.

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When I first heard she was going to get surgery, I thought it would be

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really bad, but it's actually not as bad.

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It's interesting to watch, but I still wouldn't want to be a vet.

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Fair play. You can't knock a bit of honesty.

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And 1.5 hours later, Tammy's wide awake.

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There she is, looking just fine and she no longer pongs.

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-It's good to see her back, isn't it?

-Yes, definitely.

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As for Heba and Michelle, when it comes to getting closer to canines, they're doing brilliantly.

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You'd have to be barking to disagree with that.

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TAMMY BARKS

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And the close-up experiences get bigger and better later as a giant of a problem arrives at the vet's.

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Urgh! That stinks, and that is a lot.

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Amelia and Crista have been making a big splash at the Sanctuary Wildlife Centre in Northumberland.

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Now it's time to help out a red fox that's kicked up a bit of a stink.

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-Do you see where the fox was lying?

-Yeah.

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Do you see that big mound on top of that shelf? Do you know what it is?

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What?

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-Poo. It's poo.

-We've got to go up there?

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That's right, girls, you're on poop patrol!

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-You need the right tools for this job.

-She's having a look now. Can you see her?

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Straight over there. See her?

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Four-year-old Sasha has been here since

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she was two weeks old after being found trapped under a railway line.

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She's one of nine resident foxes here who have become too tame or too unwell to survive in the wild.

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The girls have to lure Sacha out before they can start spring-cleaning.

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Those tasty morsels should work.

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Sasha doesn't seem too keen on shifting.

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But the meaty morsels eventually do the trick and while Sasha

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is distracted, time to slip in and sort out her messy living area.

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There you go. Plastic bag for you. Plastic bag for you. Ready, girls?

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Going in there? Poo patrol.

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-And when it comes to bathroom business, foxes go about things in a highly unusual way.

-It's stuck.

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You're probably wondering, girls, why all the poo is in one place.

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It's because foxes always do their business high up.

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Foxes find the highest place they can get and that's where they do their toilet.

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-It's called marking its territory.

-Not as bad as I thought.

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-Poo fell on me!

-LAUGHTER

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Urgh, there's white worms!

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Oh, it's maybe maggots.

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Urgh!

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Nice. Now it's time to feed the big fella next door.

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-This one's not too shy, is he?

-Good girl.

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-Never been that close to a fox, have you?

-No.

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Ten-year-old Sam's jaw was smashed after being hit by a car and he can't hunt for himself.

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He gets well looked after here, as you can see.

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Sam?

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He was operated on, but the vet said he can't be released back to the wild

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because he's not strong enough to kill rabbits. You see his jaw? It's actually quite squint, isn't it?

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Sam wouldn't survive without help like this, but feeding wild foxes is a definite no-no.

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The more you feed wild foxes, the tamer they get.

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The tamer they get, the less frightened they are of people.

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That's when you get problems with foxes going into people's houses.

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The girls have a go at gull getting later. But can they box them up and get them flapping to freedom?

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Don't let it fly away!

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Before all of that, Dick homes in on a wiggly and rather batty snack.

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Are you OK?

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OK, Steve the long-eared bat, I'll tell him to shut up.

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-We are listening out for his din-dins.

-Oh.

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Anyway, how can anything HEAR dinner?

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Well, he uses his echo location.

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-Echo location?

-Echo location.

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Yes, bats send out sonar squeaks which are high-pitched little noises to find their way round

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-and to find their din-dins.

-How does that work?

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The sonar squeaks bounce off things and the bat

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hears the returning of the bouncy-off-things sound.

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Oh, so that's how he can HEAR for his din-dins and he doesn't bang into walls in the dark.

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-Exactly.

-Eek, eek, eek!

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Rubbish bat impression, Dick, deserving of a fitting reward.

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Do not try this at home.

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Heba and Michelle have been doing up dogs at the vet practice in County Durham.

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You'd never have thought these two didn't care for dogs before today.

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So dog's done. Now how's about this for an animal assignment?

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This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill vet job, is it?

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Hi, girls.

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-Whoa.

-This is Einstein.

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He's a European eagle owl.

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Whoa, that's big.

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You can say that again, Heba. With its huge beak and enormous talons,

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the European eagle owl is considered the largest on the planet.

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They're usually found living in rocky and mountainous parts

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of mainland Europe, but amazingly a small number of them do live wild in Britain.

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Right, what we do now is micro-chip him.

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So if he was ever lost or stolen, it's got his ID on.

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It's something we do on cats and dogs all the time, but more so now in eagles and large animals.

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Having a micro chip fitted will mean if Einstein does go astray,

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any vet anywhere in the world can find out who his owner is, assuming they can catch him first.

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Inserting the chip is a straightforward enough job

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for Jason, and for Einstein it's a bit like having an injection.

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-Good lad.

-There we go. Job done.

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-So, girls, would you like to touch Einstein?

-Yes.

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-What do you think of that?

-It's nice and soft.

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You feel like hugging her all the time.

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Owl touching is something you should never do yourself. Want to know why?

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In the wild, Einstein could use those massive talons to catch

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and crush hedgehogs, rabbits and even small deer. Painful.

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But remember, ladies, what goes in must come out

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any time...now.

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Urgh!

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It stinks, and that is a lot.

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Girls, if you only learn one thing from today's experience, please make it this.

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Never stand behind a bird of prey. Either stand to the left or the right.

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They can fire their poo up to six feet and it's not pleasant.

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You're not wrong there! I can smell that from here.

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An amazing animal.

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Michelle, when you got here this morning you liked hip-hop dancing and weren't into animals. Heba, likewise.

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-But do you like animals now?

-Yes.

-Do you want to be vets' assistants?

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-Yes!

-We have done it.

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And there's just one last thing these two wannabe vets need to do.

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Remember Rocco from earlier?

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We've now ditched his itch and he's ready to go home.

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-Thank you.

-'Before I came I didn't like dogs at all,'

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but now I really like dogs.

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My favourite thing of the day was probably meeting the owl because he was just fabulous.

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-I had a really great day today.

-It's been great.

-Nice one, girls. Job done and dusted!

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Friends Amelia and Crista have been flying through their day at the animal sanctuary in Northumberland.

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Now it's time to sort out two herring gull orphans

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who have recovered from injuries and are game for a return to the wild.

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But first the catchy bit.

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The two that you need to catch are the ones on the top of that green house.

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-Watch out for the heron.

-OK.

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I know, I know. At the seaside these birds can behave like chip-guzzling bullies,

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but some types of seagulls are under threat in the wild

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-and it's important any healthy ones are set free.

-Don't let it fly away!

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That's it, Crista. Nice netting.

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1-0 to us.

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-Get it!

-That's it. Well done. OK.

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Now it's my go!

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You must keep its wings really, really tightly together.

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Keep it away from your face.

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-Have you got hold of it? It's having a go at his camera.

-Make that 1-1.

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Not camera shy, this one.

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Keep his wings together. Well done.

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-OK.

-Shut the door!

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Excellent. Well done. One down.

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-Now mine's go.

-You did really well.

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Quick as a flashy thing, Amelia strikes with gull number two.

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-They're all over this job.

-I've got it.

-OK.

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It's quite hard because it tries to fly away.

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If you corner it, it's easy because all you do is put the net on it.

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We've netted a youngster.

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When they're adults, all their brown speckles grow out.

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He's pretty strong and he's not going to let go of the net.

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Oh, dear. This toddler seems to be having a tantrum!

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-Better get him in the box before he does any harm to himself.

-All right, all right.

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So with the gull safely shut in, it's time to start thinking about setting them free.

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And there's a huge lake a few miles away where our gulls will be safe to soar.

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Are you going to have a look?

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-They look OK, don't they?

-They look fine.

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They survived the journey here.

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Shall we set them on the journey back to the big wide world?

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-Ever done anything like this before?

-No.

-It's cool, hey?

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Obviously, they're really trying to get out.

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How long have they been in captivity?

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Probably six months. It's definitely time for them to go.

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It can go either way - they will either shoot off or be nervous because this is a big step for them.

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-It must be the best bit about the job.

-Absolutely. It's all about getting animals back to the wild.

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Fingers crossed that they'll go.

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OK, open it.

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Wow, freedom at last!

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The big man looks chuffed to be strutting his stuff. Then the youngster decides to wing it, too.

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Here we go.

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Straight off. Look at that.

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-Look at the other ones in the water.

-Mine went straight in and had a bath. Woo!

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Bye-bye.

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Mine keeps putting its head under like that.

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We dabbled with ducks, fed foxes and finally allowed feathered friends to fly free.

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-Does it feel good?

-Yes.

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You've been fantastic today.

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What's been the best bit?

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-Releasing them.

-Yeah, it's been nice, hasn't it?

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Do you think they'll stay together?

0:27:220:27:24

-Yeah.

-Like best mates?

-Yeah.

-Good.

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Amelia and Crista are on red fox alert and get some giddy gulls ready for a return to the coast. Heba and Michelle turn vet assistant and fix an itchy hound and sort a stinky staffie. And Dom does his best to get frantic ferrets flying through his special assault course.


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