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I'm Stacey Dooley and I'm just mad about animals,

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but sometimes they get sick.

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Luckily when that happens, there are amazing vets on hand to help bring

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them back to health. Hello, you.

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Meet passionate pet lover, Cheryl.

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And that is how she broke it in the first place.

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The biggest softie of them all, gentle James.

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Hello, Stu. Come on, smiley. Come for a little swim.

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The vet who talks to the animals, Cat.

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You are a snorty pig.

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No, don't eat the tape measure.

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And the one with all the best moves, Rory.

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Oh, look at that. Oh, wow! That was a snog!

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They're the vets with the pets factor.

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Coming up on today's show...

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..James plays midwife to pregnant pig Dotty.

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That piglet is just seconds old. We just watched him come out.

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Cheryl has a testing time fixing Tammy the cat's badly broken leg.

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We may need an assistant.

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And vet Cat uncovers a case of mistaken identity

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for Rocket the rabbit.

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-That looks a bit girlie to me.

-Are you a girl?

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First, we're off to Bristol to see James.

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James cares for animals so much...

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I do love chickens.

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..he's got a whole field full of them back at his home.

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So we have two geese and one gander.

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And whether they're nice...

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This is Rihanna,

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who we thought was Ryan and then we realised that Ryan started to lay

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eggs, so we called her Rihanna.

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-..or naughty...

-He's the most aggressive of all of them.

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He's great, he's fine, but he definitely has a temper.

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..James thinks they're all gorgeous.

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And this is our boar called Andrew,

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who is incredibly handsome and very friendly.

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Aren't you?

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But now James' noisy menagerie is about to get even bigger.

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Hello. A mouth full of mud, haven't you?

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Because black-and-white pig Dotty

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is just a month away from giving birth.

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When it comes to pigs, you don't get much friendlier than the kunekune.

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And Dotty is no exception.

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She loves a good scratching from best pal James,

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but that's becoming a much bigger task because she's about to have

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piglets.

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Time for vet James to become midwife James.

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Here we go.

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James has prepared a special pig ark where Dotty will give birth

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and despite her mucky appearance,

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he's confident she won't make a mess.

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The biggest misconception about pigs is that they are dirty.

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If you go into one of their arks, it will be absolutely speck and span.

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There won't be a single poo, a single wee.

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Pigs are probably one of the most clean animals

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that you could possibly try and look after.

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I'm so excited about Dotty's birth.

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Growing up, I was obsessed with pigs.

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I had all the books on them and posters all over my wall.

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But James isn't the only one looking forward to Dotty's big day.

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Fran, our vet nurse down at the practice,

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she is actually thinking of getting a couple of piglets for her farm and

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if that's the case,

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we're hoping that when these guys have their piglets,

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she might even get a couple of those.

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With everyone watching and waiting,

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it's now up to Dotty to make the next move.

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It could be today, it could be tomorrow,

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it could be a couple of weeks.

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We know that they are due pretty soon.

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So we're just waiting. Wait and see.

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Hey, hey. I'm talking to you.

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Next, we're off to Essex to see Cheryl.

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-Hello. You want a little kiss?

-Whether it's a cat...

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She's so nice.

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-..or a dog...

-Good girl.

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..or something smaller...

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-Hello.

-..Cheryl loves getting to cuddle her patients.

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She definitely has a favourite part of the job.

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I love performing surgery.

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I find it really cool.

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It's such a great feeling to see a physical problem,

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be able to fix it and see the animal walking out the door at the end of

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the day.

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Whether it's removing horrible lumps,

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getting rid of swollen bumps or even fixing bones back together...

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-Thank you.

-..Cheryl and her team will always do everything they can.

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Cheryl's next patient

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is in desperate need of her skilful surgery.

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Tammy is one super-charged kitty who's always dodging disaster.

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Her owners never know what scrape she's going to get into next.

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But this time, it's a big one.

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So, you can see that she's got a fractured left tibia,

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so that's her shin bone.

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At the moment, she can't put her leg down at all and it's really painful.

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So we're going to fix the bone,

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so a pin's going to go down the middle of the bone

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to hold the two pieces back together. That's the plan.

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Because the break is so bad, Cheryl wants to limit any further damage

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by keeping the incision as small

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-as possible.

-I'm a bit worried about this one, to be honest.

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Her owners don't know how long her leg's been damaged

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because she's been hiding away for a few days,

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and cats do often do that when they get hurt.

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As soon as Tammy's anaesthetized...

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Good girl.

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..Cheryl can get down to business.

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This could be a tricky job.

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I really hope that we can get it to go back together and stabilise it,

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so that we don't have to amputate her leg. It's a big thing.

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If you're squeamish, look away now!

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So obviously, her leg shouldn't be able to bend.

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The fracture is almost coming through the skin.

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It's so bruised, isn't it, and sore.

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Cheryl makes a small incision in her knee, so she can push the pin in.

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But it's not going as planned.

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It's difficult, because in the ideal world, we open up the fracture and

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we look at exactly where we're going,

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but then, obviously, that does even more damage.

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Cheryl was hoping to cut a tiny hole in Tammy's knee,

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but the angle is so awkward that she'll have to make a much bigger

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incision.

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It's much more difficult because the bones have started to retract back

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together, so we need to pull this.

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This operation just got a whole lot tougher.

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We may need an assistant.

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Poor little Tammy.

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Later, re-enforcements arrive.

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See how fiddly it is.

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But will they be able to fix this feline's nasty fracture?

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It's really tricky. Always the way.

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And Cat, the vet, levels with Rocket the rabbit.

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This is what you end up doing with our patients quite a lot,

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is crawling about on the floor.

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-Over. Yeah!

-Time to rejoin vet James and pregnant pet pig Dotty.

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And there's some exciting sounds coming from the pig ark.

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So I've just brought you down on to the farm to show you something

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really exciting.

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I'm in one of the pig arks as we speak and Dotty, the kunekune,

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has just had her first piglets.

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We've had two and they're only probably about a minute old each.

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Dotty's not done yet.

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So if you've never seen a piglet being born, now's your chance.

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Just amazing.

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Literally, that piglet is seconds old.

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We've just watched him come out.

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And with Dotty pumping out the piglets,

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James could be in for a long night.

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I'm absolutely in my element here.

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This is just amazing.

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This brand-new life.

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She's doing so well.

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There's another, there's another, there's another!

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They're just coming, belting out.

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Being there for the birth is just amazing.

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Seeing all those little cute piglets popping out,

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I feel like a proud dad.

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With seven little snorters now happily suckling,

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it's time for both Dotty and proud vet James

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to get some well-earned rest.

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Good girl, Dotty.

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After barely a wink of sleep,

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James is up at first light to check on his babes.

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Hi, Dotty.

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Good girl.

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It's a real privilege when you get to see animals being born, because

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normally for vets, we tend to see stuff when stuff's going wrong.

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So to actually be there for the birth is such a privilege.

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It's just nature at its best, you know?

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This gorgeous pig giving birth to these really healthy piglets.

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It's amazing. It's fantastic.

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Dotty might be a busy mum now,

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but she enjoys a relaxing belly rub from James.

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Good girl.

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And she knows just how to show her gratitude.

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PARP!

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Ha-ha! A little bit too relaxed there, Dotty.

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Come on! Just keep it in.

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Phwoar!

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That is stinking!

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Well, you've got a good excuse to make a quick exit, James.

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It's time to get back to the day job.

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Hi, team. Hello.

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-Hello.

-Hi.

-All right?

-Yes.

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-I've got some exciting news from the farm.

-Well?

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Piglets arrived last night.

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-Little pinkies.

-Little tinies!

-How many?

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We've had seven.

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Wow!

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And next to hear the good news is nurse assistant, Fran...

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Franny!

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..who's hoping to adopt a couple of the piglets.

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I've got something to show you!

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-There they are.

-Oh, my goodness!

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-She's done amazing.

-Oh, look at the colour!

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They're like little Dalmatian puppies, aren't they?

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It makes me go all...

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Come and see them and we'll have a pig party.

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Just say when I can come and I will come.

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-I'm not busy this week at all!

-There you go. Perfect. Neither am I.

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Let's do it. I'll make the phone call now.

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-Definitely.

-I finish at 9pm.

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I can come at 9.30pm!

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Stick around to see which little piggies get to move in with Fran.

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Come on, big man!

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Let's head over to Cat the vet in Sheffield.

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It's another busy day at the practice. There's a cat called Cat,

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because...she's a cat.

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A dog called Red, because, yes, he's red.

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And Amari's here with her mum and best mate, Sophie.

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And who's in the box?

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I called my rabbit Rocket, because I love rocket and Parmesan salad.

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I thought he was actually called Rocket, like a space rocket.

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No. I know people do think that, but no, it's the salad.

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I guess that's not the first item people think of.

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Probably not.

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Rocket, come on in.

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But Rocket hasn't been feeling himself recently.

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Yesterday, my mum went to pick him up and he made kind of a whimpering

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noise and we noticed kind of a bit of a sore on the back of his leg.

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Yeah. He's not moving round in the cage like he normally would.

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All right. Let's get him out and have a look then.

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Rabbits hide signs of illness very well,

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so for them to make any noise means it must be quite serious.

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This is what you end up doing with our patients quite a lot,

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is crawling about on the floor.

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We want to see how these legs are working.

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Come on, baby! Rocket!

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He may be not quite right on one of his back legs,

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but he is bearing weight on them.

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STACEY: Nothing too obvious there, time for a closer inspection.

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Now, this is like yoga for bunnies, so we're going to stretch.

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-Oh, you're not hurting him, are you, with that?

-No, no.

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Don't worry, Tracy, Cat's an expert.

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Don't panic, don't panic.

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They can stretch a surprisingly long way.

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I can't find anything mega wrong.

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We will put him on some painkillers

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because it's more likely than not that he is sore.

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And then we'll see whether he responds to them or not.

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This medicine should help Rocket get back to his old self.

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Well, I say HIS self.

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Shall we just make sure it's a him?

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The breeder said he was.

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That looks a bit girlie to me!

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You mean we've had a girl rabbit all the time and we called him Rocket?

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Well, a case of mistaken identity is very common in bunnies, especially

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-when they're very small.

-Are you a girl?

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Yup, she certainly is.

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Turns out this bunny is a honey.

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This is Amari's very first pet.

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But rabbits do take quite a bit of looking after.

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So this is a great opportunity for me to teach her

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how to care for Rocket properly.

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I would really, really look into getting a friend.

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Rabbits are highly social creatures, they live in big groups.

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For a bunny to live on their own is quite an unnatural way to be.

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And they do much, much better in pairs or triplets.

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There you are, thank you very much.

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STACEY: Well, he came in a poorly boy and left a healthy girl.

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That's some vetting.

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Bit of a shock!

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But relieved actually,

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relieved that there's nothing wrong with the rabbit.

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Rockette as we're now going to call her instead of Rocket.

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Yeah, and just,

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just to think about maybe another rabbit

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because of the long-term benefits.

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-Please can we call it Parmesan?

-We'll see.

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Excuse me, will you come down, please?

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Next, we're back with Cheryl and Tammy cat.

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Cheryl's having a testing time

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trying to fix Tammy's badly broken leg.

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I mean, its leg is, like, shattered.

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Tammy's always whizzing around and dodging trouble.

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But this time, while out causing mayhem, she's come a proper cropper.

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And the position of the break is so tricky that Cheryl has realised she

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can't fix it alone.

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There are some operations where I just don't have enough hands.

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Jemima? Do you mind to scrub in to help to pull this fracture back?

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Cos I can't do it on my own.

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Vet Jemima comes to the rescue with her extra pair of hands.

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OK.

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If you're squeamish, look away now.

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Jemima needs to carefully hold the broken shin bone together...

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-See how fiddly it is.

-..while Cheryl fits the pin.

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It's really tricky.

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Always the way.

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And after some skilful pinning...

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-All good.

-..the two pieces of bone are pulled back into place.

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Thanks, Jemima. Saving the day.

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To make sure the pin stays in place,

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Cheryl ties a wire around the fractured bone.

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It was a horrible fracture

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and it was really difficult to get it back together, so

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that's the best I can do, now the rest is up to her to heal and rest.

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Heal and rest!

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That's a cat's worst nightmare,

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especially a livewire like Tammy.

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24 hours later,

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Tammy has been recovering from her operation at the clinic.

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Oh, good girl.

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Look at that leg, it looks really good.

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No swelling or anything.

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Are you a happy cat?

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I'm so happy for Tammy.

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A little bit proud of myself.

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It's so good, like, she's already putting her weight on it.

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And that is how she broke it in the first place.

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No, Tammy. That is too risky.

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Tammy, you've just had major surgery.

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Owners Karen and Ronnie are in for a real challenge.

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Hello!

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You guys! Come on in!

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I've no surprise that she got a broken leg.

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She's literally been climbing all over things.

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Yeah, she does really climb, she doesn't say still.

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Who are these people? Do you recognise them, Tammy?

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She's doing so, so well.

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The good news is that she's got a pin and some wires holding them back

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together. The bad news is that she feels fine,

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so she's already trying to jump and run,

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and it's not going to be stable for a minimum of four weeks.

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-Four weeks, you've got to stay in a cage.

-Absolutely!

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-You're not going to like that.

-My job's done, that's the easy bit.

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You guys have got to look after her.

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See, look at how she just uses it! Tammy, you've got to rest!

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Stay chill, Tammy!

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Let's get back to Bristol to catch up with James and those piglets.

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Now, eight weeks old and weighing ten kilos,

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two have gone to nursing assistant Fran and her daughter Kiana.

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They actually settled into the pen better than I thought they would.

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Grazing straightaway, which is always good.

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They always snuggle up to you like a dog.

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Fran and Kiana are just like me,

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they totally adore pigs and it's so great to see our little babies

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going to such a great home.

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And this is just something else to keep them entertained.

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To play in the water to wallow in.

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What's that? A ball pool for pigs?

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Pigs have some real genetic similarities to humans.

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And just like us, their brains need a lot of stimulation.

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But the million-dollar question is...

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I want to know, have you finally thought of some names for them?

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-Monty and Belle.

-Monty and Belle.

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Yeah, our little beauty and beast.

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And just like mum Dotty,

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there's nothing they like better than a good scratch.

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Oh, he has definitely made himself at home here, hasn't he?

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What a gorgeous pair of porkers they are and great to see them both so

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settled in their new home.

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Oh!

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And what about Tammy? The cat who broke her leg?

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Well, although this mischievous moggy isn't keen on cage rest,

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she's enjoying cuddles with Ronnie

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and her leg is getting stronger every day.

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That bit is actually looking a lot better.

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It's healed up really well, hasn't it?

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Oh, I hope you're back on your feet really soon, Tammy.

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Next time on The Pets Factor -

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Rory helps a French bulldog who's all out of puff.

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It's a bit like breathing while always having a pinched nose.

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And vet Cat has to take in her own pet cat to a supersized clinic.

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-Come on, Fatty.

-Oh, my goodness!

-It's not that bad!

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James plays midwife to Dottie, his beloved pregnant kune kune pig. Cheryl has a testing time operating on Tammy, a feline with a badly broken leg. Plus Cat uncovers a case of mistaken identity for Rocket the rabbit.


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