Animal Rescue Squad

Concluding this week on Five is the second season of the wildlife series with Michaela Strachan and Matt Baker. The series looks at the urgent work going on to save and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife sanctuaries.

Focusing on the unsung heroes of animal conservation, Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of dedicated zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals around the world. These men and women work tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos, safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas.

Michaela Strachan has been involved with wildlife programming since 1990. Her most recent series for Five, ‘Michaela’s Zoo Babies’, followed breeding programmes in zoos and wildlife parks across the country. In 2005, she was awarded Best Presenter at the BAFTA children’s awards for her natural-history show ‘Michaela’s Wild Challenge’. Matt Baker has won two children’s BAFTAs and a Royal Television Society Award.

In Monday’s episode, conservation officers mount a rescue mission when a mother bear and her two cubs wander into a Vancouver garden. Matt is there to assist in getting the lost creatures back to their mountain home.

On Tuesday, will baby rhino Nyala be accepted by the herd at South Lakes Wild Animal Park? And in California, Michaela aids in the recovery of a rattlesnake that has escaped into suburbia.

OnWednesday, Matt returns to Vancouver to meet the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, who are due to release a parliament of owls back into the wild. Back on home soil, vet Jason operates on Jack the West Highland terrier.

On Thursday’s show, Michaela meets a gang of cheeky skunks; and Gilly the seal launches herself back into ocean life with gusto after being cared for by some passionate conservationists.

Friday sees vets wondering whether a bald eagle will ever be able to fly again after being the victim of an electrocution. And at South Essex Wildlife Hospital, a hedgehog presents with a seriously injured leg.

Starting this week on Five is the second season of the wildlife series anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan and ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. Airing on weeknights, the series looks at the urgent work going on to save and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife sanctuaries.

Focusing on the unsung heroes of animal conservation, Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of dedicated zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals around the world. These men and women work tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos, safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas. The series also examines the life-anddeath dramas that unfold in vets’ surgeries up and down the country on a daily basis.

Michaela Strachan has been involved with wildlife programming since 1990. Her most recent series for Five, ‘Michaela’s Zoo Babies’, followed breeding programmes in zoos and wildlife parks across the country. In 2005, she was awarded Best Presenter at the BAFTA children’s awards for her natural-history show ‘Michaela’s Wild Challenge’. Matt Baker has won two children’s BAFTAs and a Royal Television Society Award.

In Monday’s episode, Michaela is in California to assist with the care of a seriously injured sea lion. Back in the UK, the RSPCA has found a pack of ponies being kept in terrible conditions. They are brought to HorseWorld in Bristol for rehabilitation.

On Tuesday, Matt ventures into the wilds of Canada to meet a rare bear who is about to be freed from captivity. And the English hen harrier is the key focus of an endangered-bird programme.

Wednesday’s show sees vet Jason operating on a Weimaraner with a twisted gut. And Michaela meets Maggie, an elephant who had a lucky escape from the poor conditions at a zoo in Alaska.

It is the Swan Sanctuary to the rescue on Thursday, when a diesel spill affects a flock of swans on the Thames. And the most endangered animal in Canada, the Vancouver Island marmot, is being aided by a dedicated team of conservationists. Matt is on hand to help them out.

In Friday’s show, it is back to California for Michaela as she gets to grips with the gorgeous but at-risk southern sea otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. And animal-protection officer Robert is on the hunt for the owners of a maltreated dog.

Concluding this week on Five is the wildlife series anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan and ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The series looks at the urgent work going on to save and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife sanctuaries. In this week’s instalment, a black leopard goes on a road trip; a seal is released back into the wild; and a rescued dog undergoes an operation.

Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals around the world. The series focuses on the unsung heroes of animal conservation, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos, safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas.

In this week’s series finale, vet Sue Thornton organises the two hundred-mile relocation of Ebony the black leopard to her new home at Exmoor Zoo in Devon. Can the team at Santago Rare Leopard Sanctuary safely sedate her, enter her pen and then move her to the travel crate whilst keeping her asleep for the delicate and dangerous move?

Elsewhere, Michaela is at Sea World in San Diego where Hazel the seal is being examined by vet Todd Schmitt ahead of a possible return to the wild. Hazel and three accompanying sea lions seem to have fully recovered from their respective injuries and are eager to taste freedom. But Michaela and the team are not prepared for a last-minute hitch that looks like it might scupper the ocean release.

Also this week, Nelly the Staffordshire bull terrier cross faces surgery. Nelly has already been saved from terrible cruelty after being found close to death on a main road. Now, she is brought into Eden Hill surgery in Newcastle with a suspicious lump. Vet Jason decides he must operate, but will the growth be benign or something more sinister?

Continuing this week on Five is the wildlife series anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan and ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The series looks at the urgent work going on to save and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife sanctuaries. In this week’s instalment, Michaela is in San Diego helping a team of vets as they examine an injured tiger. In Scotland, a sea eagle is trained to hunt. And vets in Newcastle treat more mystifying animal ailments.

Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals around the world. The series focuses on the unsung heroes of animal conservation, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos, safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas.

Tonight, Michaela is at the Lions, Tigers and Bears Sanctuary in San Diego helping to prepare Natasha the tiger for a sensitive exploratory examination. Natasha was pregnant when she was rescued from a tiny cage that also housed her mate, Rajar. The team is worried that she may be yet another victim of the cruel craze for keeping big cats as pets. These animals often have their claws surgically removed to render them less dangerous. In order to assess the extent of Natasha’s worrying injuries, the vets separate the tiger from her cubs and sedate her. What will they find during the exam?

Elsewhere, at the Blair Drummond Safari Park in Scotland, Snatch the sea eagle is in urgent need of hunting lessons. Raised in captivity, this majestic bird struggles to get to grips with the simple task of fishing. Can she learn to take the bait?

And at the Eden Hill surgery in Newcastle, vet Jacqui Griffiths is concerned about Jackson the German shepherd. After a seemingly innocuous fall from a sofa, Jackson has developed a worrying problem. And fellow vet Jason Atherton must solve the mystery of Frankie the tortoise, whose nose will not stop running.

Continuing this week on Five is the wildlife series
anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan
and ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The
series looks at the urgent work going on to save
and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from
large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife
sanctuaries. In this week’s instalment, abandoned
Rottweiler Nero desperately needs a new home;
three brown pelicans in California must pass a
health check before they can be released into the
wild; and Merlin the cat needs treatment for a
serious infection.
Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals around the world. The series focuses on the unsung heroes of animal conservation, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos, safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas.
This week, abandoned Rottweiler Nero is on ‘dog death row’ in Newport. Nero was caught by dog wardens a week ago but, as the pound is completely full, Vanessa Waddon must find him a home or he could face being put to sleep. With recent bad publicity about Rottweilers not helping his cause, Nero will have to prove that he has the potential be a perfect pet if he is to be taken in.
In California, Michaela arrives at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Centre where rehabilitated brown pelicans Marilyn, Audrey and Grace are nearing a return to the wild. Before the birds can enjoy the open ocean, however, they must gain a clean bill of health from vet David Chapman. With Grace suffering an injury to her pouch, will she be left behind?
Finally, at Eden Hill surgery in Newcastle, Merlin the cat is fighting a long-standing infection and is brought to vet Jason Atherton by his concerned owners. When it transpires that Merlin’s infection cannot be treated by antibiotics, Jason must decide on a radical but life-saving solution.

Continuing this week on Five is the wildlife series
anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan
and ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The
series looks at the urgent work going on to save
and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from
large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife
sanctuaries. In this week’s instalment, Michaela is
in San Diego helping a team of vets as they
examine an injured tiger. In Scotland, a sea eagle
is trained to hunt. And vets in Newcastle treat
more mystifying animal ailments.
Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of
zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals
around the world. The series focuses on the
unsung heroes of animal conservation, who work
tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos,
safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas.
Tonight, Michaela is at the Lions, Tigers and
Bears sanctuary in San Diego helping to prepare
Natasha the tiger for a sensitive exploratory examination. Natasha was pregnant when she was rescued from a tiny cage that also housed her mate, Rajar. The team is worried that she may be yet another victim of the cruel craze for keeping big cats as pets. These animals often have their claws surgically removed to render them less dangerous. In order to assess the extent of Natasha’s worrying injuries, the vets separate the tiger from her cubs and sedate her. What will they find during the exam?
Elsewhere, at the Blair Drummond Safari Park in Scotland, Snatch the sea eagle is in urgent need of hunting lessons. Raised in captivity, this majestic bird struggles to get to grips with the simple task of
fishing. Can she learn to take the bait?
And at the Eden Hill surgery in Newcastle, vet Jacqui Griffiths is concerned about Jackson the German shepherd. After a seemingly innocuous fall from a sofa, Jackson has developed a worrying problem. And fellow vet Jason Atherton must solve the mystery of Frankie the tortoise, whose nose will not stop running.

Continuing this week on Five is the wildlife series
anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan
and ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The
series looks at the urgent work going on to save
and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from
large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife
sanctuaries. In this week’s instalment, Michaela
helps to return an orphaned black bear to the wild
in California; the Cats Protection League need to
relocate 80 feral cats in South Wales; and, in
Newcastle, vet Jason Atherton treats an ageing
retriever whose problems are more serious than
Jason had thought.
Michaela is in California this week, helping return a
black bear to the wild. The race is on to find a
suitable place in which to build a new den for the
young bear, who was orphaned when its mother
was struck by a car. Michaela and the team must transport the man-made shelter that will become
the den to the remote location. As night descends on the snowy San Bernadino mountain range, can Michaela finish the bear’s new home before it awakes from its sedation?
In South Wales, Glynis Davies and Lynn Marasco from the Cats Protection League have discovered that a disused factory has been overrun by 80 feral felines. The animals were being fed by the factory
workers, but are now fending for themselves and are in danger of starving to death. With the wild cats not appreciative of the help on offer, can the volunteers safely relocate them – and will vet Branwen Davis decide that they are healthy enough to be rehomed?
In Newcastle, Barney the retriever has a swollen ear and is being examined by vet Jason Atherton.
Unfortunately, Jason quickly suspects that the ageing dog has rather more serious health issues.
He decides to carry out emergency surgery – but events take an alarming turn when Barney stops breathing under anaesthetic. Can Jason save him?

Continuing this week on Five is the wildlife series
anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan and
ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The series
looks at the urgent work going on to save and
protect animals in the UK and abroad – from largescale
conservation projects to tiny wildlife
sanctuaries. In this week’s instalment, Michaela
helps rescue a dog in California; vet Jason Atherton
treats a falcon who has an infected foot; and the
macaque monkeys play pass-the-parcel in the
Somerset wildlife park.
In this week’s programme, Michaela is in California
to help rescue a pet dog from terrible conditions.
The poor terrier has been locked in a cramped, tiny
cage and has terrible wounds on his skin. Animal
Control Officer Ken Winter seizes the dog from his
owner, who is unable to afford veterinary treatment,
and takes it away so that it can receive urgent
medical care. But when they get back to the centre,
the terrier’s condition turns out to be more serious
than was first thought.
Vet Jason Atherton, meanwhile, is dealing with a
very unusual patient. Conan the falcon has a badly
infected foot, and if he does not get it treated he
may never be able to perch – or even fly – again.
Jason is faced with a tough decision: should he risk
an operation which could put Conan’s life in danger,
or leave the foot to get worse?
The programme also heads to the wildlife park in
Somerset, where staff take the happiness of their
animal charges very seriously. The keepers aim to
keep the animals constantly stimulated, but will the
leopards really enjoy an aromatherapy session?
And can the macaque monkeys get the hang of
pass-the-parcel?

Continuing this week on Five is the wildlife series
anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan and
ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The series
looks at the urgent work going on to save and
protect animals in the UK and abroad – from largescale
conservation projects to tiny wildlife
sanctuaries. In this week’s instalment, staff at a seal
sanctuary in Skegness give a young pup urgent
medical attention; a poodle is brought into the vets
having eaten a plastic bag; and Michaela visits one
of San Diego’s busiest animal-rescue centres.
Every year, hundreds of seal pups are washed up
along the UK coastline. The lucky ones end up in
wildlife sanctuaries and are prepared for release.
Tonight, staff at Natureland Seal Sanctuary near
Skegness deal with a pup who needs urgent
medical attention after becoming separated from
his mother. Without the help of the experts, the
young seal will not survive. Plus, staff attempt to
return three older seals to the sea, but will they be
fit enough to swim free?
Elsewhere, vet Jason Atherton treats a dog
called Dillon whose owner suspects him of eating
a plastic bag. Has the poorly poodle done himself
permanent damage? When nothing shows up on
the X-rays, the only option is surgery.
Also this week, Michaela visits one of San
Diego’s busiest animal-rescue centres at which
around 12,000 wild creatures are given a second
chance every year. Today, it is the turn of a badly
injured bird of prey. Having been hit by a car, this
red hawk may never be able to fly again. However,
the staff are determined to save the animal and do
everything they can to mend his broken wing.

Concluding this week is the wildlife series
anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan and
ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. The series
looks at the urgent work going on to save and
protect animals in the UK and abroad. In the last
episode of the series, Michaela finds out about life
at Monkeyland, a huge primate sanctuary in South
Africa. Staff at Horseworld in Bristol train an
orphaned horse named Prince. And vets attempt
to get a former racing whippet back on his legs.
Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of
zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals
around the world. The series focuses on the
unsung heroes of animal conservation, who work
tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos,
safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas.
This week, Michaela is at Monkeyland in South
Africa, where she receives the honour of having a
gorgeous baby monkey named after her. The little
creature found refuge at this massive primate
sanctuary after her mother, Mika, was rescued
from a medical laboratory. Michaela finds out
about the day-to-day business of Monkeyland,
where each animal has to be logged,
photographed and given a unique identity. She
lends a hand by taking snaps of the new arrivals,
before helping to prepare a healthy meal for obese
monkeys Tarzan and Jane. This cuddly pair have
been put on a strict diet after being fed junk food
at their former zoo.
Meanwhile, at Horseworld in Bristol, staff are
trying to teach some manners to an orphaned
horse. Prince’s mother was rescued by Horseworld
after being badly mistreated, but she was so weak
that she eventually had to be put down nine months
after giving birth. Since then, staff have put a lot of
effort into giving Prince the best start in life. But now
he is starting to get stroppy, and if he does not calm
down he will never find a new family. Can the team
rein him in before it is too late?
Also this week, vet Jason tries to solve a
mystery illness that has Joe the whippet laid low.
Joe is a former racing star and his owner is
desperate to find out what is causing his
lameness. Can this ex-champion return to form?

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