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This show features professionals
working with potentially dangerous animals.
Please don't try anything you're about to see.
BOTH: Got it?
Did you know that now,
right now, there are people all around the UK
working their socks off to help wounded wildlife and poorly pets.
We've got VIP passes for willing helpers to get to get stuck in
at the busiest vets, wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres.
It's tough and dirty work, but somebody's got to do it.
On today's show, Jack and Jack take charge at a busy animal hospital.
So who we got here, then?
Olivier and Anna deal with DJ the wonky weeing goat.
Just as we cleaned you, seriously.
'And Dick tackles flesh-eating fish.'
Strong, aren't they?
-You're cutting it a bit fine aren't you?
-What do you mean?
Here we are, in Scotland
and you're meant to be helping animals 470 miles south in England.
-It's not a problem. Got my transport sorted.
-What you got?
-A hoop and stick.
-Nice. Off you go. Good lad.
-Careful of the speed cameras.
Here at Inglis Veterinary Hospital they provide their patients
with the best care imaginable,
so their owners can rest assured that their pet is in safe hands.
Also they use all of the latest cutting-edge technology.
But will this be enough for today's helpers?
Or will their first trip to the vets, be their last?
Meet this lively pair of Jacks.
Let's call them Jack D and Jack R, so I don't get confused.
Joker Jack R is bonkers about birds of prey.
But he doesn't like big barky dogs.
When I was seven I got attacked.
I'm even frightened of the wee small ones, too.
He really wants to hit it off with four-legged friends, if he can.
I would love a dog as pet,
but there's no-one in to take care of it though.
'Jack D like galloping gee gees.
'But isn't fond of pongy pigs.'
Smelly and unhygienic and not very nice looking.
'Let's have that between two bits of bread.'
They do make a good bacon roll.
'Nice. But do you think you have the stomach to help with vet operations.
The gore and the guts wouldn't be very nice.
-I love blood and guts and gore.
'Interesting, because a busy day at a Dunfermline Veterinary Hospital
'is on the cards for you two.'
-Here they are. All right, Jack.
-How you doing. Which one are you?
-Which makes you?
Jack and Jack - that's not confusing.
There's Jack D, so we remember you, and there's Jack R for you.
So out of interest, if you had a dog each what would you call yours?
-Today's not going to be confusing at all, is it.
I'm glad you're here to help out.
Here's some clothes to protect you.
Turn around, go get changed and I'll see you in a bit. Bye bye!
This place never closes. They deal with poorly pets
and animal emergencies day and night.
So get your togs on Jacks,
because vet Angela has your first big assignment.
Good timing, boys. We've just had a dog arrive
who's coming in for an operation today.
We need to go give him a check and make sure he's OK.
-Want to help me out with that?
Look at that, that's a beast.
-How are you feeling?
-Are you sure?
He's a big, big dog. What breed is it?
He's a bull mastiff.
Do you want to go over and stroke the dog and see if he's all right?
-Feel OK doing that?
-'Very brave lads.'
'Jack R looks like he's beginning to overcome his big dog fear already.'
What's wrong with, Ollie? Why is he here at the vets?
Ollie, unfortunately has got very narrow nostrils,
so when he breathes through his nose
he can't get very much air into his lungs.
He's a big dog, so he needs a lot of air.
So he's going to have surgery where we'll take the laser
and just make his nostrils a little bit wider
so he can get more air into his lungs.
This kind of delicate surgery requires special protection.
When we are doing an operation we want there has to be as little
germs and the area has to be as nice and clean and sterile as possible.
-That all right?
-'What do you reckon to your marvellous masks boys?'
BOTH: Feels really weird.
'It may feel really weird, but you're really looking the part.'
'Steady hands are needed later as our lads
'turn into full-on vet assistants.'
Right, smoke, extractor.
First, Dick drops into an animal sanctuary in the south of England.
Here at Raystede they help to prevent cruelty to animals
and protect them from unnecessary harm.
The animals that come here are either found a new home
or they stay at Raystede for the rest of their days.
It certainly is a worthy cause.
Today I've found them two extra helpers who will hopefully
prove themselves worthy of working here.
They'll probably give me cause for concern. Let's meet them.
'This is Olivia and Anna who both find animals...'
'Olivia likes her grumpy pet pooch,
'but beaky birds make her nervous.'
If they don't like you they can dig their claws in and then they
can start pecking on your head and then they can fly up and just poop.
'Anna loves her pet gerbil, but thinks British wildlife
'just doesn't try hard enough.'
Badgers and deer and insects and stuff you see them
in the forest, but, like, they never do anything.
They just sit there and eat and sleep and that's it.
-Yes, don't forget to poop.
'Let's see if we can cook up a cracking day
'at a cool animal sanctuary in East Sussex.'
Here come the girls. Anna, Olivia, good to see you both.
-Looking forward to working with British wildlife?
-So you still think it's boring?
We are here to change that today on Dick N Dom Go Wild. Here you go.
Put these on and let's get to work.
'This place takes in an amazing 1500 unwanted animals every year.
'They get all sorts
'from your usual cats and dogs to a few you wouldn't expect.
'Time to hook up with Sarah
'and unfortunately for bird disliker, Olivia,
-'our first case is...'
Good, good. It is a bird.
-You feeling all right about that?
Who is this bird?
This bird is a jackdaw that's been hand reared.
He's quite OK around people.
Let's meet the bird in question.
'Esme, the young jackdaw arrived here three weeks ago
'after she and her sister fell down a chimney mum had nested in.
'Sadly, her sister died, but Esme escaped with an injured leg.
'She is still very weak and unable to fly properly.
'We are going to try and build her strength back up.'
-Can we entice Esme out maybe?
-She might come out.
Historically with magpies, jackdaws and that, they love shiny things,
gold and glittery things.
Do they like vanity mirrors?
'It's not mine, honest. I borrowed this little mirror from Dom.'
She's thinking about it.
'Olivia's still very wary of winged things.'
-You really don't like it, do you?
-I really don't like it, no.
'So Anna volunteers to attract Esme closer with mine,
'I mean, Dom's mirror.'
Look. Who's that in that mirror? Yes, who's that?
'Esme needs to be fighting fit
'if she's to have a chance of surviving in the wild.
'Get flapping, Esme.'
Look, bit of exercise, you see.
Are you flying? She is flying.
Excuse me, everybody, she is flying.
'Not exactly flying free but good progress all the same,
'that continues on my shoulder.'
Ah ha my hearties.
I've got my bird up on my shoulder.
'And later, breakfast time for Esme and it gets really messy.'
She's left you a little present.
Jack and Jack are helping out at a veterinary hospital in Dunfermline.
Ollie the bull mastiff is having problems breathing and needs an op.
Our team are going to be assisting Ken the vet on this one.
Look closely, you see his nostrils are really tight,
so he's real trouble breathing. Not uncommon in these big guys.
We'll just take this corner bit off to let more air in.
You'll see after, the difference there'll be.
He'll be able to breathe in and out much easier.
These protective goggles are needed
because the team will be using a high-tech laser for this job.
The good thing about the laser is that it not only controls
the bleeding but it also numbs the nerve endings, so it's less painful.
First Ollie gets a quick injection to send him off to sleep.
He's asleep all right.
The laser is a powerful beam of light that creates intense heat
and cuts like a knife.
When Ken starts work, there'll be a lot of smoke.
That's when the boys can help.
First of all I just mark it a little bit,
so you see the light tells you where the laser will cut.
Right, smoke ,extractor.
The laser makes a clean, neat cut. There are no messy bits.
If you didn't have the smoke extractor it would be
awfully smelly and you'd be struggling to see what was going on.
That's it. Get all the smoke.
He's got a keen eye and a steady hand has this vet assistant.
'That's one nostril widened.'
Better off without that.
'Now Jack R takes over the smoke sucking duties.'
Wee bit closer.
-Looks like we have another natural here.
That's the bit he can do without.
Nostril number two sorted.
Right guys, you can see the difference now.
If you remember what his nostrils looked like first time
and what they look like now
they're much, much wider. He should breathe much easier now, guys.
That's incredible vet work lads. Good luck in your recovery, Ollie.
This is the only dog I've ever properly liked
so it's actually improved my bond with dogs.
And later, the two Jacks surgery continues with
a sensitive op for Sky the rabbit.
Rabbits are very delicate, so we have to be very careful.
Back in East Sussex, Olivia and Anna are working with injured bird, Esme.
'Feeding time for the young jackdaw
'who's hitched a lift to the breakfast table.'
The problem is now I think you'll have to feed the bird upon myself.
I can't move and it won't move.
Yes, I know. Ow.
What a lovely day out.
'But before tuck is served up,
'Esme decides to decorate my shirt with yesterday's supper.'
Are you joking? Are you kidding me?
-Is it really expensive?
-This is my favourite shirt
and I hope it's not done it.
She's left you a little present.
Thanks, Esme. That's very kind.
'Esme needs to scoff these meal worms to get her strength up.
'Definitely over to Olivia and Anna for this one.'
Whatever you do girls and Esme do not let them go down my neck.
Esme seems to be having a great time.
Yes(!) I'm sure she is.
I'm having a lovely day out.
'It looks Esme is giving the girls the cold shoulder.
'Let's see if I can get one down her neck.'
What about this food. Have your lunch. There you are.
In it goes. In it goes.
There it goes. Whoo!
'Down in one. Lovely.'
How long has she to stay in hospital?
Probably for another week or two.
We need to make sure she's 100% with her feeding.
Then we need to make sure she's waterproof and weatherproof.
We need to work on her plumage a bit at the moment.
I'll leave you girls to that, because I've an appointment
with the dry cleaners and Esme's getting the bill.
'The next stage of Esme's recovery is a soothing spray down.'
How does this help Esme?
It encourages her to sort her own plumage out. When she's wet
she'll go through her feathers, get them smooth and clean
and she'll gradually improve her feathers.
Regular preening will get natural oils from Esme's body
onto her feathers, making them waterproof.
She's actually quite enjoying that now.
She's loving it more like and Olivia seems happy to get closer.
The girls' work means the jackdaw should fly free again within weeks.
And later our two take on the tough task of terrapins.
That does reek!
But first Dick faces frightening fish
and you join us at a critical moment.
Dom the Dominator is about to take on reigning chomp-ion,
Dick the Lips...
'In the corn on the cob noshing national grand final.'
Three years in a row you've beaten me, but not today.
-Really? You been practising?
'And they're off.
'It's a slow steady start from Dick The Lips.
'Look at the Dominator go.
'We have a winner!'
And that my friend is how to win.
As the loser you now have to feed my entire coaching team.
Yep, my coaching team of flesh-eating fish.
No, no. They're not penguins. These are piranhas.
Fresh water fish, famous for having sharp pointy teeth
and eating things. Great.
-So we have got to feed them?
-Yeah, well, you have. Be exciting.
-But they eat people.
-No, no. Just in the movies and stuff.
-So why don't you feed them?
-You're a faster swimmer.
-I'm not going in there to feed them, am I?
-Only if you're daft.
Fish man, bring on the fishy treats!
Perfect. My piranhas are going to love these delicious trout.
'Thank you, fish man.'
Your job is perfectly civil.
All you have to do is feed my hungry little friends down here
without losing an eye, a finger or indeed a leg.
This species of piranha love snacking on other fish
from the rivers of South America where they live.
Ohh! Strong, aren't they?
It's been reported that a large shoal of piranhas could strip
a cow to the bone in a matter of minutes.
-Look how fast they are!
It took its tail off.
Despite what the movies tell us, they're not vicious man-eaters.
They'll nip, but there hasn't been a single proven report
of our toothy little friends killing a human.
-I enjoyed that.
-What shall I do with it now.
-Fish! Liked it, didn't they? That'll be 15 quid, please.
We've changed our mind. You can have it back. See ya!
In East Sussex, Olivia and Anna
are working behind the scenes at an animal rescue centre.
Next up, mad terrapins from America.
They were brought here after being found dumped in a nearby pond.
A lot of people, when they buy them,
they're the size of a 50p, so look really sweet.
But they outgrow their tanks quickly and then people just think well,
"I'm bored, I'm fed up, don't want to buy a new tank.
I want rid of them."
-What do you need the girls to do?
-We've a big turtle tub
that needs cleaning out that's been sat there with dirty water in
and then we will get the terrapins moved.
It's proper green, isn't it? It's like slime.
Dirty terrapin pop pops.
It does reek!
Come on, girls, put your back into it.
-I thought there were four buckets.
No, they only had three.
Nearly there, girls.
No, no, Olivia, Olivia.
No, no, please, I insist.
And now I'm ready for a cup of tea.
After filling the pond with nice, fresh water,
the girls add some of the terrapins favourite nosh.
Just put it all in that area.
Lettuce, meal worms and cuttlefish, yummy.
Time to get our amphibious friends into their new home.
Want one each? There you go.
-OK? Ready to put them in the pool?
Just gently, straight in and let them swim off.
Look! He's loving it.
These young terrapins are settling in just fine.
He's going to go.
And it won't be long before they've moved into the bigger pond
with the larger adults.
Later our girls get to the bottom of DJ the goats stinky bum.
At the Dunfermline vets,
the two Jacks have another pet patient in need of an operation.
'Next up is Sky the rabbit.'
And so we arrive at patient number two.
Who's this and what is it?
This is Sky and she's a German lop-eared rabbit.
Why is the rabbit here?
The rabbit's here to get neutered which means she's going
to have a little operation to make sure she doesn't have more babies.
Rabbits can have up to four litters every year.
Each litter can contain up to eight baby bunnies.
Sky's op will make sure
she doesn't have any unwanted babies in the future.
How long does it take to get the operation done?
Not long. Usually about 20 minutes. It doesn't take too long to do.
Time to get kitted up again, chaps.
Rabbits are very delicate. You have to be very careful.
What was it like the first time you tried it?
Scary. It takes a while for you to get used to it.
-Do you think you could ever be a vet, Jack?
-Not at all.
-It's quite gory.
I suppose you're right. It's sometimes a bit bloody and gory.
But to me it's the best job in the world
because you get to make sick animals better
and you get to try and help stop them getting ill
and you get to make sure they stay nice and healthy.
Angela works quickly to complete the simple procedure on rabbit, Sky.
Jack D said he wouldn't be able to stomach surgery at a vets,
but neither boy is shying away from this experience.
How long will it take for the rabbit to get better?
She should be hopping about and her normal happy self in a day or so.
They tend to get better and feel fine very quickly.
Great news and after a few final stitches, Sky is sorted
and will be back, hopping around in hours.
And later the Jacks unbox Pepsi the cat
and listen out for any health issues.
If you put these in your ears.
Can you hear that?
But first, how's about this then?
Come on, Dom you've had your fun.
Will you please get out of that owl suit. Too big for you, anyway.
Look at your silly little legs sticking out the bottom.
The European Eagle Owl's legs are far from silly.
They can crush bone like that.
They can also pick up a small fox or a young deer.
When did you get out of that suit and who's this?
I've never been in a suit. This is a real owl.
-Eyes are good.
-They're big 'uns!
They're like night-vision goggles.
They can fly through a forest in pitch black of night
and pick up one of them preys whilst in flight.
Wowsers! Big, aren't they?
European Eagle Owls are thought to be one of the biggest on the planet.
That's why you are dressed as one, to make yourself look bigger.
Yes, that's exactly why I dressed up as one.
In fact I'm not actually here.
I'm actually inside this very realistic looking owl costume
twittering away just to annoy you.
He's a good lad.
Olivia and Anna who weren't that into animals, are edging towards
a big turnaround at the rescue centre in East Sussex.
Now the girls need to help Hannah with DJ the goat.
DJ arrived here two years ago.
He kept escaping from his previous home. He's settled here now,
-but he does have an unusual problem.
-He wees backwards.
His backward weeing makes his bottom all mucky
and his skin gets sore
so the girls need to give him a soapy scrub.
After putting on protection they head off to catch DJ.
-Can you see them over there, all coming towards us?
They've seen us and want to come and say, "Hello."
That might make the job easier. But how do you safely grab a goat?
You put that round his neck like a dog collar.
And then you would lead him like you would lead a dog.
Sounds simple enough.
'The girls get within touching distance of DJ...'
Just do it! Do it!
I can't do this.
-'..but are a little unsure about handling him.'
-Put your hand out.
-Put your hand out.
-No, cos it'll eat my hand.
With support from Hannah, the team get sorted.
You've got him.
Come on, goaty-woaty.
OK, girls, we're all ready to wash him now.
We need to put some gloves on.
There's your buckets and sponges. Come and start washing.
This lucky goat's going to get the full salon treatment today.
Why don't you get a bit of the shampoo?
Squeeze a little bit onto your sponge.
Rub down the back of his legs, make him nice and clean.
-Brilliant. Well done.
-Is it special shampoo or normal.
It's a special shampoo for animals.
It's nice and natural, smells of lavender
and it keeps the flies away.
Now we need to wash all the shampoo off. That's it.
Is he squeaky clean?
How often do you have to wash him?
We wash him around his back end about once a week,
so he doesn't get too sore, but he stays nice and clean.
And because he's been well behaved the girls give DJ a tasty treat.
Just hold your hand out and feed him some of that.
-He likes that.
-Look at that. Olivia is hand feeding a goat.
She wouldn't go near a small bird this morning. Get in.
DJ seems eager to get back to playing with his pals in the field.
-'A quick wonky wee first, though.'
-Just as we cleaned you. Seriously!
That's why we have to clean him.
So Anna, Olivia
when you got here today you thought British wildlife was boring.
-Do you still think the same?
-Think it's slightly better. Not as boring?
What about you, Olivia?
Still don't like birds. Still don't like goats.
-But I like terrapins.
-Oh, you like terrapins.
-OK then, so the mission has been kind of completed.
Right, I'm happy. Thank you ladies.
The two Jacks are striding through their busy day
at a Dunfermline vet hospital.
But it never stops here and now another patient needs their help.
-Good afternoon, sir.
Who have we got here then?
We've got Pepsi Reid.
-Just take a seat.
-Thank you very much.
Pepsi's come in for his yearly jab to stop him getting poorly.
Hi, I'm Jenny.
-What have you got for me today, then.
-We've got Pepsi the cat here.
-And what's Pepsi in for today?
..come on then.
I'm sure there's a cat in there, somewhere.
Before Pepsi gets his jab the boys need to give him
a good once over to make sure he's healthy.
If you put these in your ears.
First the guys make sure he has a healthy heartbeat.
-Can you hear that?
Jack R has a good listen and gets a second opinion from his pal.
How do you know the heart's okay.
You've got the normal heart sound - the lub-dub that you hear.
If there's a heart murmur there's usually an extra sound there too.
Sometimes a little squeak.
Pepsi is sounding fine. It's time for the jab.
Does the cat have to have it every year.
Yes. The immunity lasts about a year,
so we give them an annual vaccination.
Here's Pepsi. We gave him his injections and checked him over
and he's perfectly well.
You can take him home now.
Thank you very much. Thanks for your help now. Thank you.
BOTH: Bye, Pepsi.
Now one final job for our two able vet assistants
and it's a happy reunion.
'Ollie is up and running again after his nostril operation.'
You must be the owners Nick and Louise.
How you doing, all right?
Ollie was very happy obviously when he came in and even happier now.
Have you seen the size of his nostrils?
-Look at you.
-But would you believe
this operation was aided by these two guys, Jack and Jack.
Thank you very much, guys.
He's all set to go now. Thank you very much.
See you later.
Look at you guys, fully qualified vets.
I don't believe it! What a difference.
Considering you two Jacks arrived here with nothing more
than a phobia of dogs and a couple of flop eared rabbits,
you have done a remarkable job today.
You have now scooped out a bit of a rabbit
and you cut out a bit of a dog and you have also given a jab to a cat.
Not bad for a day's work in the vet's surgery, is it?
What was your favourite bit?
-My favourite part was definitely lasers.
-What about you, Jack?
-Listen, you've been great
and I hope you enjoyed Dick N Dom Go Wild.
Now then, you know this fish you gave me back you didn't pay for?
-Well there seems to be something missing, you know,
-like his body and that.
-Right, yeah. Erm...
The piranhas have got it.
Right you are.
-I wouldn't do that. Ooh!
Ayeee...Oh, he's going to... They're going to have him.
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