Episode 5 Animal 24:7


Episode 5

Presenter Tom Heap is on the frontline against smuggling with Cleo the customs canine. Two scared dogs leave their sheltered life, and we meet Steven Seagull.


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Britain's animals are under threat.

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All too often our wildlife and domestic pets

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are the victims of cruelty, persecution and neglect.

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Fighting to save them is a dedicated band of people

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trying to protect and care for them right around the clock.

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This is Animal 24:7.

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'Today on Animal 24:7...'

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DOG BARKS

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'..scared and unsure, the young dogs leaving their sheltered life...'

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It's a problem of over-breeding,

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particularly of dogs like border collies who can be difficult to train and need a lot of attention.

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'..an anxious wait to see if this baby will come around from surgery.'

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You want them to wake up after everything they've been through,

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but sometimes they don't wait from the anaesthetic and they do pass on,

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so it is always a nerve-wracking time.

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'And on the frontline against smuggling with Cleo, the customs canine.'

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What interesting animal products has Cleo found?

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-Recently she found a bear's foot.

-Well, that's absolutely illegal.

-Illegal on so many levels.

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Border collies are known to be amongst the most intelligent of dogs, but also the most demanding.

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Full of energy, they need lots of exercise but can also be

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quite nervous, so if they lack the basic training or socialisation

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they can quickly develop behavioural problems which can be very difficult to solve.

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At this isolated farm on the outskirts of Buxton in Derbyshire,

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the owner's love affair with collie dogs has got out of hand.

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RSPCA inspector Rachel Andrews and her colleagues have been having problems here for a number of years.

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The main aim for today is to keep reducing the numbers.

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We have managed to greatly reduce them so far and removed a couple of litters of puppies

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and several of the adult dogs.

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These border collies have spent their lives on this farm.

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Most of them are untrained and unsocialised.

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Unfortunately, they all live together

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so they've turned into almost like a pack of dogs now and they're just

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breeding indiscriminately, which is where major problems arise.

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The RSPCA has taken away a number of dogs over the years.

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Today, Rachel and her team have come for at least two more.

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Hi, there. How are you?

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Rachel wants to stop the dogs here breeding.

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Her first course of action is to persuade the owner to sterilise some females.

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She offers a free visit to the vet.

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Which ones was it you need to get spayed?

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-Was it two or three?

-That one keeps having these black 'uns that nobody wants.

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Well, get her done first then.

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When can you get them down to Roverdale?

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-If we book you in, I can ring them and tell them to bill the branch for the spaying.

-Yeah.

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The owners agree to get one of them done. Rachel quickly ties them to their word.

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Right, I'm going to book her in to Roverdale now.

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Hi, there, it's Rachel, one of the RSPCA inspectors.

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'The vet visit is booked - now Rachel can concentrate on the dogs she wants to take away.'

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Which ones were you telling us about last week? You were saying there was

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a bitch that possibly...

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-Yeah.

-..you wanted to sign over?

-Yes.

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The farmer wants to sign over an adult dog called Daisy who's proving to be a bit of a handful.

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-Is she generally temperament-wise OK?

-Oh, she's daft as a brush.

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Maybe she needs to be in a home with no children, a bit of training.

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She'll have to have somebody who will play ball with her.

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-Were there any others?

-Yeah, there's that other black one.

-Right.

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'He wants to give Rachel one of Daisy's puppies,

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'but when he tries to separate him from the pack inside, a commotion quickly breaks out.'

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DOG WHIMPERS AND BARKS

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'With one adult straining to see the light, the young puppy finally emerges.

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'He's terrified and seems completely bewildered by what is happening.'

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You look like my doggie, you do.

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-Have you got him?

-Who's this one?

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-OK, sweetie.

-Just call him Ali.

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-Ali.

-He will be a grand dog, he will.

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Ali's only about four months old.

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His behaviour suggests he may never have left this house.

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All right sweetheart. Has he been on the lead before, Chris, or not?

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-No.

-OK. So we need to get him...

-You're all right.

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'This scared puppy will now be taken away from this isolated farm, to begin life in the big wide world.'

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All right, sweetheart.

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'A quick assessment suggests that Ali could also have been bullied by the older dogs.'

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On his face, he's got scratches across his nose

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and around his face. All the ones we've had signed over have that.

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I think it's when they've been fighting for the food in the house,

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because they're all getting fed together.

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The bigger dogs are getting the food first and the younger ones fight to get what's left.

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We'll just go and get the second dog now that he wants to sign over.

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This is the female that he's having training problems with,

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-so we'll get her and get her loaded into Rachel's van.

-OK.

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Daisy is taken by Rachel's colleague.

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I'll go get her in the van then.

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And her lack of training quickly becomes clear.

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Come on.

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Collies are intelligent dogs and normally obedient.

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Come on, sweetie.

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But like Ali, Daisy has been left frightened and confused.

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Come on.

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It's clear getting these two dogs used to life away from their remote home is going to be difficult.

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We see things like this often. It's the problem of over-breeding,

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particularly of dogs like border collies who can be difficult to train,

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need a lot of attention, a lot of exercise,

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and really should only be going to experienced homes.

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When they're not getting that, problems arise.

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They've started fighting, they've not been on the lead before,

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but generally they seem like nice dogs so they're just going to

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need a bit of work, and then they should be fine, hopefully.

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With Daisy and Ali safely in the van, Rachel ties up the paperwork.

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She's now confident progress has finally been made here.

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He needs to be working with us, which he is at the moment,

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so we'll start getting the dogs spayed that need to be,

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then we'll take it from there, keep coming back and see how he's getting on.

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For Daisy and Ali though, the long road to their new life has only just begun.

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'Later...'

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The puppy looks like he's been fed just before we arrived, so he's been quite sick.

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I don't think he will have travelled before, so he has been fairly sick.

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'And an Aladdin's cave of contraband at the UK's busiest airport.'

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This one here has a price on it, which was £3,400.

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You can see why the animal doesn't stand a chance if it's got that kind of price on its head.

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Britain has over 10,000 miles of coastline, providing a haven for all sorts of wildlife.

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But wherever these animals gather, there are always some who might need a helping hand.

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Thankfully, there is one centre perfectly placed to deal with these coastal casualties.

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West Hatch, Somerset.

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It's 10am and an urgent case has just arrived.

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What have you got here, Natalie?

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'It's an injured bird with a suspected broken leg.'

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Oh, quite a small one.

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'Staff have nicknamed this fledgling herring gull Steven Seagull,

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'after this little action hero landed himself in a spot of bother.'

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And I see its leg is bent here where it's broken it.

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A lot of them nest in roofs and sometimes they fall off the edge.

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If it has fallen from a height, it might have more fractures than just this one in its leg

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so I'm just checking there's nothing out going on. OK, wee guy.

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'Vet David Cooper can see that Steven is in a lot of pain.

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'He needs to examine him thoroughly to assess the full extent of the damage.'

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That's fine. So it's standing on the other leg well, but you can see the bend in the left leg.

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I'm hoping there's no fractures of the pelvis or anything we can't see from the outside

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that would make a more guarded prognosis. We'll give him some pain relief

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and we'll give him some fluids to make sure he's fit

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and then we'll knock him out and x-ray him.

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'Only an x-ray will tell David how serious Steven's injuries are.'

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'But for such a young bird this is an incredibly risky procedure.'

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There's always a danger when you're anaesthetising

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animals and birds particularly,

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but obviously this is something we're doing very frequently, so we have

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a lot of experience of doing it.

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'Vet nurse, Natalie Stahl will monitor Steven closely throughout the x-ray.'

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So we're going to x-ray his whole body just in case we miss any fractures elsewhere.

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After ten minutes, the results are back.

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This is the fracture that we found, in the middle of

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the bone, which is good news from the point of view of trying to repair it.

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If we look at elsewhere, at the pelvis and at the wings,

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there doesn't seem to be any sign of any other fractures going on, which is good news.

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Steven hasn't suffered any serious internal injuries, but he now faces

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a delicate and complicated operation to repair his leg.

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And the longer he's under anaesthetic, the greater the risk.

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I'm going to put two pins through the bone below the fracture site

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and two above, and that will provide stability while it heals.

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Every added minute under anaesthetic puts a strain on Steven.

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So now all the pins are in place.

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After 30 minutes, the operation is over.

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Now the team faces an anxious wait to see if this tiny bird will come round.

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You want them to wake up after everything they've been through,

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so, um and all being well, they should, but there is the odd time

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where they don't wake up from the anaesthetic and do pass on, so it is always a nerve-wracking time.

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With a little encouragement though, Steven finally wakes up.

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Well, the operation went really well, so we've got high hopes for him.

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The anaesthetic ran smoothly, he was stable throughout,

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and hopefully it will be a great success.

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Five weeks later, and Steven is fully recovered and all grown up.

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But the team now has another problem.

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The bird has been living in this outside aviary with 100 other convalescing gulls...

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and it's impossible to tell which one is Steven.

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Today, Shaun Clements and his team are planning to catch and release 40 of the fittest and healthiest birds.

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It's trying to pinpoint the good flyers and then pouncing on it.

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Steven will have a scar on his leg from the operation so Shaun should be able to recognise him.

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-Chase him down this way.

-But first, he'll have to catch him.

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One small herring gull.

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Shaun works quickly.

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He's already caught 20 gulls, but there's still no sign of Steven.

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Exactly which one he is, heaven knows.

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After half an hour, 40 gulls are netted and boxed.

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But after examining each one, the team has failed to find Steven.

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One herring gull.

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He'll have to wait for another day to be released.

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In a couple of days time we'll repeat the process until eventually, we're down to zero.

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For now, Shaun takes the birds several miles away to the Steart

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nature reserve on the Severn Estuary,

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a perfect location to send the seagulls back to the wild.

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We spend our days cleaning up after them, getting them into good health, for this exact moment in time.

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We give them a second chance and now it's up to them, and fingers crossed they will do well.

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'Coming up, on the edge - a daring rescue for two mountain goats.'

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If they've been down there for a while, they're not getting the proper nutrients from the grass,

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then they will feel it, so on a welfare aspect we need to get them off.

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'And Ali the puppy struggles to adjust to life in the outside world.'

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She'll be nervous at first, because she hasn't been in kennels on her own

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and is only young, and so we'll let her settle in and see how she's getting on.

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Hopefully, she'll be fine.

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Have you ever wondered what could be hidden amongst all the bags coming through the carousel?

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Well, for a team here at Heathrow, that's more than idle curiosity.

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They're on the frontline of preventing the trade in endangered species, and I'm off to see them.

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London Heathrow is the world's third busiest airport,

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with around half a million flights and a staggering 67 million people

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passing through its five terminals every year.

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But Heathrow's not just a transport hub for people,

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millions of animals also travel through the airport every year.

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Most travel legitimately but others, like these illegal immigrants, have been smuggled in suitcases.

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Mandy Bentley and her dog Cleo are the UK Border Agency's first line of defence to prevent

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illegal and prohibited goods entering the country,

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from food to animal skins.

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That's fine, just one line, past the dog for me.

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Cleo's trained to sniff out any contraband items which

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may be contained within a traveller's luggage.

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-Hi, you must be Mandy.

-I am, yeah.

-Hi. And is this Cleo?

-This is Cleo, yeah.

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-Are you having a busy day?

-Quite busy, yeah.

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-Tell me how it works. You're here at the entrance to customs, obviously.

-We are.

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We basically screen as many passengers coming in from outside Europe as possible.

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Today, we're concentrating on Dubai, and we just want to screen every passenger that comes in

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from Dubai, to just check what items they may have in their bags.

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It doesn't take long for Cleo to smell something suspicious. She's interested in something here.

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-Hi, madam, what have you got in the bags?

-Sweets, chocolates...

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Just chocolates? Nothing else?

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Any cigarettes or tobacco with you?

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-No.

-No?

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OK, thank you for your time.

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'Mandy watches how Cleo reacts and then decides if her traveller's explanation is believable.'

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Just walk forward for us, the dog won't hurt you.

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'As well as live animals, Cleo's a valuable tool in

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'fighting the illegal trade in endangered wildlife.

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What interesting animal products has Cleo found?

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Recently, she found a bear's foot that was coming into the country.

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-A bear's foot?

-Coming in from China.

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A lady had brought it in as a delicacy to feed to her family.

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It was partially cooked, in a Tupperware pot.

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The lady explained to me what it was by demonstrating a growling bear.

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-Well, that's absolutely illegal.

-Illegal on so many levels.

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What's the most extraordinary thing you and Cleo have found?

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That's the most recent one that sticks in my head.

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We used to find monkeys and things coming in from Africa that

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people wanted to eat, but the bear's foot is the most recent.

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The bulk of the passengers from the Dubai flight are arriving thick and fast.

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Cleo's going to be busy.

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Her sensitive nose soon detects another interesting package being taken through the green channel.

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Just stand still for me sir, please. What items do you have with you?

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-Ah, just a...

-INAUDIBLE

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-Just a...

-Yeah, but what is it?

-Ah...

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Any dried beef?

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-No. No beef.

-Pork? Pork floss?

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-A little bit.

-A little bit of pork.

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OK, if you just through with the officer for me.

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Mandy doesn't think Cleo has detected any animals in this luggage.

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She suspects it's food.

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It's illegal to bring any meat or dairy into the country,

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but the contents of this suitcase are typical of what some travellers will try and smuggle in.

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Are these your products, sir?

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They're yours, yeah? Where did you travel from today?

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-China.

-China.

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You've got some Chinese sausages and then some duck necks.

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-Well, she's definitely sniffed this one hasn't she?

-Yeah.

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-These will be seized off this gentleman.

-Right.

-And his details will be taken down onto a form

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and then a record will be kept.

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If the gentleman's found bring food in again in the future, it could lead to prosecution or a fine.

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-Food, not wildlife, we're talking.

-Yep. It will all be incinerated.

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Come on, then.

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Mandy and Cleo may not have detected any animals so far in Terminal three,

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but the huge profits involved in the worldwide trafficking of threatened species

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means customs teams are constantly making gruesome discoveries.

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Over at the other side of the airport is Customs House,

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the HQ of the endangered species enforcement team.

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'Today, manager Charles McKay has agreed to open up their archives.'

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-You've got quite a haul in here already, Charles.

-Yes. Indeed, yeah.

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This is only a small selection of the illegal products seized by the UK Border Agency in recent years.

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-Right...

-It's huge.

-We have a nice little bear skin, look.

-Oh.

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-With a head mount.

-Oh.

-And these are used for, you know, as rugs or wall mounts as well.

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-Quite unpleasant.

-Well, yeah it is.

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I mean it's not something that I would have but they are

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quite popular and they get hunters going out and shooting bear with a licence and then as long as

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-they've got the right permit they can import them like this.

-Look in here.

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Well, yeah, some of these are, um, this is actually, you know, it's

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a rhino horn, and this was smuggled in a statue, coming out of Africa, going to Taiwan.

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Our officers actually thought it would be drugs inside.

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They x-rayed it, saw this lump in there, so they broke it open and they found this.

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-It was actually a lot more valuable.

-Really? A lot more valuable than drugs?

-Yes.

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-They must be worth a lot, are they?

-Absolutely, rhino horns, yes.

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Which is very bad news for the rhino, isn't it?

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It is indeed.

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The average traveller is highly unlikely to be smuggling something like this rhino horn,

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but some seemingly harmless holiday souvenirs are helping to push animals closer to extinction.

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It looks like an ordinary shawl

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and you could buy one of these and not realise what you are buying.

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This is actually a shahtoosh.

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It comes from the Tibetan antelope, the wool just under the throat

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and neck, and is extremely expensive.

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This one here has a price on it which was £3,400 for this here.

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Now these animals have become critically endangered.

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Well, you can see why the animal doesn't stand much of

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a chance if it's got that kind of price on its head.

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All these items contravene international laws

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designed to protect the world's rarest creatures.

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Sadly though, this trade will continue to thrive while a demand for such products still exists.

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Well, it's a treasure trove or house of horrors really.

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There's sort of impressive things

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but that's been the downfall of a lot of these animals.

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That is part of the problem.

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There's a fascination people have with them.

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They don't like to see animals killed and taken out of the wild,

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but on the other hand they do have this fascination with them.

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Later - battling the elements to save two stranded mountain goats.

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Pull, hup.

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Two, three, hup.

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In Derbyshire, RSPCA inspector Rachel Andrews has been working

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with a farmer to try to reduce the number of dogs he keeps.

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She's finally persuaded him to have some of his pets sterilised but now there's a new problem.

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She's taken away a mother and a daughter for re-homing but they're both terrified.

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It's been a frightening day for Daisy and her puppy, Ali, and it's not over yet.

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They've just arrived at the vet's where they'll be given a full health check.

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Neither have been trained and have spent all their lives living on a remote farm.

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Shall we just take the kennel in?

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Because even if we take him in he's going to run round.

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To make them feel more relaxed, both dogs are carried into the surgery.

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Collies are nervy dogs who hate to be confined.

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For Ali, the journey has been a miserable one.

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The puppy, unfortunately, looks like he's been fed just before we arrived, so he's been quite sick.

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He won't have been, I don't think he'll have travelled before at all so he has been fairly sick.

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He seems OK, though, they're both quite settled.

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But there are more upheavals to come.

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They'll be wormed, de-flea'd vaccinated, and then

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we'll book them in for neutering but we'll let them settle in first, because it's been

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a bit of a stressful day for them so we won't be doing that today.

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They go to the kennels from here, assuming everything's OK with the health check.

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Rachel warns surgeon Jenny Walsh that both dogs could be unpredictable.

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-Does she seem friendly?

-Yeah, she's friendly, she's just really nervous.

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She's two, apparently.

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She's got a bit worked up.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Jenny believes that despite Daisy being so young, she's already had a number of litters.

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She has got some mammary development down there so it could be that she's had some fairly recently.

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Daisy gets her jabs and with the vet keeping her calm, is quickly wormed and treated for fleas.

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-She's good. Okey-doke...

-Thank you very much.

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-Do you want to swap her then?

-Bring the other one.

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Now it's time for Ali the puppy.

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-You all right, little man?

-But he's still terrified and refusing to leave the comfort of the cage.

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Come on.

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He's clinging on.

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He is.

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Now that Jenny's got Ali's trust and can get closer, she realises that this dog is actually a young female.

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It's got the similar kind of war wounds there.

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Her next job is to check those scars on her face.

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After enduring the same medical procedures as Daisy, Ali is also given a clean bill of health.

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Very brave.

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-Not even a flinch.

-The fact that both of these dogs appear fit gives Rachel a real boost.

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They've got a good chance of having some good basic training and then hopefully

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they should all get really good homes from here so it's, it's really nice

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to be able to get dogs away from that sort of situation.

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Despite being frightened, both dogs have remained good natured.

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If they can overcome their fears, Rachel knows they'll make excellent pets.

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She's got a good chance of getting re-homed.

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She should get snatched up quickly.

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She's got a really nice temperament.

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With the vet checks over, the pair are ready for the next stage in their journey.

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A bed for the night and somewhere to stay before they're ready to be re-homed.

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25 miles away is the kennels which will be Daisy and Ali's new home until they find the right kind

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of owners who can help them adjust to a life outside the farm.

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I think we'll carry her in. Do you want to grab...

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Ali is comforted as she passes the other dogs.

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Good girl.

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Kennels can be frightening for any dog, and even with

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a fresh bed and a chance to settle, Ali still looks a little lost.

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She'll be a bit nervous at first, because she won't have been in a kennels on her own

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before, and she is only young and so we'll let her settle and see how

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she's getting on, but she seems to be taking a bit more of an interest now she's settled in a little bit.

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Hopefully, she'll be fine.

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Rachel wants to put Ali with her mother to try and calm her down,

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but even getting that to happen is a challenge.

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Shhhh, shhhh, shhhh...

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And as Daisy is led through, it all becomes a bit too much.

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No, she doesn't like the other dogs.

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Daisy is carried away from the prying eyes

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and finally mother and daughter are back together in their own pen.

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We're going to keep an eye on them and see how they go.

0:27:130:27:17

We thought they might just being together for now.

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They may be together again for comfort but cooped up in kennels,

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this is the last place Ali and Daisy want to be.

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What they really need now is loving owners willing to spend time with them to make them feel safe.

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-Coming up - it's back to school for Daisy...

-One, two, three, off you go.

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And Ali.

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Lower, lower, lower.

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She's really enjoying it, and I'm really enjoying it,

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so she's been doing really well. I think she's coming on.

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Earlier in the programme, we saw a team from West Hatch Wildlife Centre

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rehabilitating and releasing some injured seagulls.

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But it's not just birds that live on the West Coast, it's home to all sorts of animals, and now

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a team are about to attempt a very different type of seaside rescue.

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Bury Head Nature Reserve, Devon.

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This immense coastline provides a haven for some amazing wildlife.

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But the cliffs are also extremely hazardous and now two

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of the reserve's residents have got themselves trapped 100 feet below.

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Park ranger, Chris Smallbones, has been trying to help the goats but with no joy.

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Been trying to coax them up with food and we've actually gone down onto the ledge and tried to chase them up

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and they're just not having it.

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So we phoned up the RSPCA to ask for assistance.

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Drastic action is now needed.

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Shall I throw those helmets back in? We don't need them, I don't think.

0:29:080:29:11

The RSPCA has mobilised their specialist rope unit.

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Whose is the flask?

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The team is made up of officers and inspectors from neighbouring counties.

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They've all been trained to deal with such extreme rescues.

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Leading the operation is chief inspector John Pollock.

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They've been down there for a while and that's part of the reason for doing it today.

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Gets it off before more foul weather comes in.

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If they're not getting the proper food and nutrients from the grass

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then they will feel it so from a welfare aspect we need to get them off.

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The goats may be starving but that's not their only problem.

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Being so close to the perilous waves means there's a real risk they could be swept out to sea.

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The only way to save them is to abseil down the cliff face.

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It's an operation fraught with danger and one that needs military precision.

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What we'll do is we'll set up a system up the top,

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probably three of us will go down, maybe four, because they're big horned billy goats, they're quite

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big lads and they don't realise we're going to help them so they'll put up a bit of a fight.

0:30:130:30:18

We'll grab them then winch them onto the side where they can then pick their way up.

0:30:180:30:22

We'll check them over, make sure they're fit and healthy first and we'll get them off, hopefully.

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The weather will also cause problems.

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Driving rain, gusting winds and pounding waves make this job incredibly difficult.

0:30:320:30:37

Can we have a carabiner each for Simon and Chris?

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Coordinating safety is inspector Maria Swaygar.

0:30:430:30:47

When there's four people down there they're going to try and round up

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the two billy goats, grab them, hold them down, and then they're going try and get

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them into a situation where we can get them into an animal bag and then we're going to lift them back up.

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The ropes and the safety line are secure.

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While you're up there can you do a final check of the system?

0:31:090:31:12

Along with inspector Jim Farr, John begins his descent.

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Can you see the ledge down there? Can you see it from here, Jim?

0:31:180:31:22

-See it.

-It's over there mate, you'll have to come this way.

0:31:220:31:25

The officers slowly but surely pick their way down the cliff face.

0:31:250:31:29

Right, both guys are out of view, they've gone down the steep bit.

0:31:290:31:34

Within a few minutes they make it to the ledge.

0:31:340:31:38

It's a bit slippy coming down on my side but it's a nice route picking it through Jims. Over.

0:31:380:31:43

'All received. Over.'

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Now it's the turn of inspectors Suzie and Paul to abseil down.

0:31:460:31:51

They bring ropes and nets that will be used to hoist the goats to safety.

0:31:510:31:55

Paul and Suzie both down now OK.

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-We'll give you a shout as soon as we've got them. Over.

-'OK. Received.'

0:32:010:32:05

'We won't do anything, we'll wait for your next order.

0:32:050:32:07

'Over.'

0:32:070:32:09

With everything in place, John outlines the plan of attack.

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Do you think it's worth, Paul, just starting from the bottom and

0:32:120:32:16

feeding up that way, and if Suzie and I go to this high ground here?

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If you slowly go down, we'll slowly go, so if they try and run past you or run past us...

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They begin to try and round up the goats but they're terrified.

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There's a real risk they could jump into the sea.

0:32:300:32:33

Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop.

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Just wait a minute. Let them get used to us. Nice and slow.

0:32:360:32:39

The goats are going right to this outcrop.

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I hope they don't feel like swimming today.

0:32:430:32:45

John decides to try and lasso the first goat.

0:32:450:32:49

So if we get out a line we might be

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lucky and get it round the horns.

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But these stubborn animals have very different ideas,

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and there's a danger either the goats or their rescuers could be swept away by the waves.

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Goats 2, RSPCA nil, so far.

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John has to make a move.

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He tackles the first goat to the ground.

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Got him, got him.

0:33:140:33:16

Hi, Maria, just to let you know, we've got one, we just need to

0:33:160:33:19

get it off this bit then go down and get the other one. Is that received?

0:33:190:33:24

'Yeah, received.'

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The animal is restrained, but it's extremely stressed.

0:33:280:33:31

They need to move quickly. But lifting a ten stone mountain goat up a cliff face is no mean feat.

0:33:310:33:37

Jim? We'll get there, then we'll haul it up.

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Wait. Wait. Wait. OK, Paul.

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It's an undignified ascent for the petrified goat.

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-This is not moving.

-But its powerful horns easily take the strain of the rope.

0:33:470:33:52

OK, can you pull, Paul? One, two, three...

0:33:540:33:57

Then the goat finds its feet and takes its first cautious steps.

0:33:590:34:04

Pull! All right, rest, rest, rest.

0:34:040:34:07

With more back-breaking work from the team he's soon lifted to a safe ledge.

0:34:070:34:14

Now he can be set free.

0:34:150:34:19

The team spirit is always fantastic and it's obviously always great

0:34:190:34:22

when we manage to get the animal up safe and well.

0:34:220:34:26

But this job is far from over.

0:34:280:34:30

Wait, wait, wait. Wait.

0:34:300:34:32

The other goat still needs to be caught and the weather is getting worse.

0:34:320:34:37

The team battles the wind and the rain and soon restrains the second goat.

0:34:400:34:45

Can you assist it up or not?

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We're going to have to haul it up.

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And once again, brute force is the order of the day.

0:34:510:34:54

Pull, hup.

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Two, three, hup.

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Eventually, after a massive effort, the goat emerges over the cliff edge.

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I wouldn't say it was textbook but obviously sometimes things are

0:35:080:35:11

presented differently on the ground that you've got to adapt.

0:35:110:35:14

Luckily they are horned, which does help.

0:35:140:35:15

You grab hold of their horns and hold on and get them

0:35:150:35:18

back up to safety, really. That was our main goal.

0:35:180:35:21

This has been a gruelling challenge for all the team, involving officers and inspectors from far and wide,

0:35:240:35:30

but now the goats are safe and the team can go back to their more regular duties.

0:35:300:35:34

It doesn't matter what they are, we do everything from

0:35:340:35:38

a mouse to a horse, it doesn't matter.

0:35:380:35:39

Two fit animals brought back up and that's all we care about so

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nice cup of coffee, dry clothes, and then crack on knocking on doors.

0:35:430:35:47

Earlier, we met Daisy and Ali, two border collies being taken away from a remote farm in Derbyshire.

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Both dogs were completely untrained and unfamiliar with the outside world.

0:36:010:36:06

Since then, kennel staff have been trying to get them used to both dogs and people.

0:36:060:36:11

Now it's up to their new owners to continue the hard work.

0:36:110:36:15

With plenty of wide open spaces, this is perfect collie country.

0:36:210:36:26

And Daisy and Ali have both found new owners who share their love of the great outdoors.

0:36:270:36:34

-Two months ago, mum Daisy was too terrified to be on a lead.

-Come on.

0:36:340:36:41

-Now she's quite happy and enjoys her daily walks with new owners, Paul and Esther Weir.

-There we go, Daisy.

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After spending her life on a remote farm, their first priority was to get Daisy properly trained.

0:36:490:36:55

Once you take her off the lead, she actually gets to play with

0:36:550:36:59

a toy or a stick so we actually trained her to come back with it.

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Ready, one, two, three, off you go.

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And then she'll bring it back to us.

0:37:040:37:07

Or not, depending on how she feels?

0:37:070:37:10

No? Not going to do it on cue.

0:37:100:37:13

Collies like Daisy need plenty of exercise and stimulation.

0:37:130:37:17

-Come on, up you come.

-But clearly, training her to do as she's told is going to take a bit more time.

0:37:170:37:24

-Good girl, Daisy.

-Since leaving the farm, Daisy's fitting well

0:37:240:37:28

into her new life and has started to come out of her shell.

0:37:280:37:31

Before she was timid but made lots of noise.

0:37:310:37:34

She would whimper at night because she was alone.

0:37:340:37:38

She's now coming out into her temperament, you see she's playing ball and will do this for hours.

0:37:380:37:43

It's us getting fed up before she does. Off you go.

0:37:430:37:47

Paul's a personal trainer and Daisy makes sure he's given a daily workout too.

0:37:470:37:52

-She enjoys going running, doesn't she?

-Yes, she loves running.

0:37:520:37:55

Paul loves running and Daisy loves running, so....

0:37:550:37:58

Yes, so we go out running a lot.

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And the bond between these three is beginning to benefit them all.

0:38:000:38:04

I feel pleased that we found her a good home

0:38:040:38:06

when I think about what, you know, the standard of life she had before.

0:38:060:38:10

I mean, she's only started doing this in the last week.

0:38:100:38:14

Up until then, she'd never let us touch underneath her, but I think it's a sign of trust.

0:38:140:38:18

She lays right open, if you wanted to harm her you could.

0:38:180:38:21

Daisy has settled quickly but it was a much harder job to help her puppy, Ali, feel safe.

0:38:270:38:34

Come on.

0:38:360:38:37

Now she's called Molly and is full of confidence.

0:38:370:38:41

Her boundless energy is having a dramatic effect on new owner, Jo, and her family of cats and dogs.

0:38:410:38:48

I saw her on the RSPCA website and her

0:38:480:38:52

story sort of appealed to me and she just looked like such a little

0:38:520:38:56

sweetheart and she had such a gentle temperament that I thought she might fit in with my two older collies.

0:38:560:39:02

She plays with the younger cat, they run around after each other.

0:39:020:39:06

But dog and cat don't always see eye to eye and Harry sometimes gets the upper hand.

0:39:060:39:12

Hi, Moll, you ready?

0:39:120:39:14

Like Daisy, Molly was terrified and untrained after being taken from the farm.

0:39:140:39:20

Now Jo's enrolled her on a series of training sessions, and tonight it's school night.

0:39:200:39:26

Come on.

0:39:260:39:27

-Come on, girl.

-Joining her on the school run is

0:39:290:39:31

another rescue dog called Ruby and together they thoroughly enjoy their girls' night out.

0:39:310:39:37

It's a short ride to the training centre.

0:39:410:39:44

As they roll up for lessons, Molly seems keen to nose her way to the front of the class.

0:39:460:39:51

Registration's a great excuse for Molly to meet up with her new chums,

0:39:510:39:56

and there are certainly plenty of colourful characters on the roll.

0:39:560:40:01

With all gathered for assembly, it's time for a few words from the head teacher before lessons begin.

0:40:010:40:06

Now spread yourselves out, put your dogs in the sit.

0:40:080:40:11

So I don't want to act too serious, I want you to get in there and enjoy your dogs.

0:40:110:40:17

Get them going, you were brilliant last week, you talked to them.

0:40:170:40:20

OK, are we ready? Handlers and dogs, forward.

0:40:200:40:24

Now it's time to see if Molly and Jo have been doing their homework.

0:40:240:40:30

Not bad, children, not bad.

0:40:300:40:31

It seems a bit more concentration is needed here.

0:40:310:40:35

Top marks for the assault course, though.

0:40:370:40:39

Molly's enthusiasm alone would earn her eight stars.

0:40:390:40:43

OK, back to your seats.

0:40:430:40:47

That's the double PE out of the way, the next lesson is basic commands.

0:40:500:40:55

I will do what I want you to do, joyfully calling your dog.

0:40:550:40:59

Tinksie, come, come, come, come, come, come, come, come.

0:40:590:41:04

And then I'm going to get my hands about there, against the body, and go like this, Tinksie.

0:41:040:41:09

Tinks comes steaming in and I just lift the hands up and we've got us a recall.

0:41:090:41:15

-The teachers always make it look easy.

-Right, young Molly.

0:41:150:41:20

-But for Jo and Molly, translating theory into practice is never as simple as it looks.

-Molly.

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Lower your hands. Lower, lower, lower.

0:41:260:41:29

Perhaps a little more discipline needed here.

0:41:290:41:32

And now with another lesson over, it's time for a school report.

0:41:350:41:39

See she's really enjoying it and I'm enjoying it.

0:41:390:41:41

She gets distracted with the sit but, yeah she's been doing really well, I think she's coming on.

0:41:410:41:46

Coming on well.

0:41:460:41:49

So full marks to Molly, she's certainly a model pupil.

0:41:490:41:53

And it's a great result for the RSPCA with two more dogs graduating from their care.

0:41:530:41:59

If you think you know of a case of wildlife crime or a creature that needs immediate protection,

0:42:050:42:12

remember there are people out there who will answer your call right around the clock.

0:42:120:42:16

They are who we meet on Animal 24:7.

0:42:160:42:19

Next time on Animal 24:7, a harrowing case of animal cruelty.

0:42:210:42:26

I've never seen anything like this. I think that anyone who can do that to an animal is just, it's disgusting.

0:42:260:42:34

-And a staggering admission from the man responsible.

-I didn't know what else to do

0:42:340:42:39

with them so I've finished him off at best.

0:42:390:42:42

A young cygnet's fight to stay alive.

0:42:420:42:45

If people took away their fishing litter we wouldn't have this problem.

0:42:450:42:48

I mean, it's upsetting, especially something as sweet as this.

0:42:480:42:51

And I play cowboy to corral a herd of wild horses.

0:42:510:42:56

What things must you be careful about with these horses?

0:42:560:42:58

A shot to the head can kill you stone dead.

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