Animal Rescue Squad

Continuing 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.This week, a group of vets battle to help retired racehorse Sol recover from a serious back injury. Michaela meets some cockatiels in South Africa that are being introduced into the world’s largest aviary. And animal control officers in Florida come to the aid of a stricken Yorkshire terrier.
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, retired racehorse Sol has a complicated back injury that means he keeps throwing anyone who tries to ride him. If Sol cannot be ridden, he will not be able to find a new home. Thankfully, the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust and the vets at Dalehead Veterinary Group in Yorkshire refuse to give up on him. But only a gruelling set of tests will show whether Sol can ever be ridden again.
In South Africa, it is check-in time at Birds of Eden –the world’s largest free-flight aviary. Each month, staff give a new lease of life to dozens of unwanted and injured birds who would never be able to live in the wild. Michaela meets some cockatiels whose owner can no longer cope with them. But after years in a cage, will they be fit enough to spread their wings and join the 3,000 other birds flying free in the massive dome?

Also this week, in Palm Beach, Florida, animal control officers receive an urgent call to help a dog in distress. It is a sweltering hot day and Coco, a little Yorkshire Terrier, has been locked in an abandoned house without food or water. But when they arrive on the scene, the officers discover that Coco has worrying lumps all over her body. It becomes a race against time to get Coco to the vet to find out what can be done for her.

Monday 17th March at 14:50 on five

Continuing 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.This week, Tweed the baby otter is fighting for survival after being found stranded on a river bank. Michaela is in South Africa feeding some lucky lions that have been rescued from hunters. And vet Jason tries tosave the life of a cat.

Tweed the otter is a celebrity. After being rescued by Carol Heap from the Chestnut Otter Farm, he is getting used to having his photo taken by the local press. But Tweed is not eating enough and Carol
is worried that he will not survive without his natural mother, so she is doing all she can to get him to eat. But that means Tweed is losing his natural otter instincts and, as he gets closer to Carol, his chances of a successful release back into the wild are becoming increasingly remote. Can Carol get him fit and break her bond with him in time?

Michaela has her work cut out at Drakenstein Lion Park near Cape Town. The sanctuary saves lions from South Africa’s canned hunting industry. Canned hunting is a practice in which wild animals are confined to large enclosures where they are used as target practice by shooting enthusiasts. At Drakenstein the rescued lions live a life as close to the wild as possible. To keep them stimulated, the keepers try to make feeding time challenging and exciting. But can Michaela perfect her chicken-chucking skills in time to make sure the lions do not go hungry?

At Westway’s Vets in Newcastle, caring for animals is never a nine-to-five job. Vet Jason Atherton is called in late at night to help Rita – a cat who has been trapped in a garage since she got her paw stuck in her collar. Rita has been without food for as long as ten days and has a nasty injury to her side. Will Jason be able to save her and if he does, will he also be able to find her a new home?

Tuesday 11th March at 7:30pm on five

Continuing this week on Five is 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.

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

In Monday’s programe, the stakes are high for retired racehorse Drumfire. A serious leg injury means he has been confined to barracks for six months. Can vets help get his jockey back in the saddle and return Drumfire to the racetrack? Plus, Michaela is on the road with the SPCA, helping a racoon that has got its head stuck in a parmesan cheese jar.

In Tuesday’s programme, Michaela is on the Cape Flats in South Africa where an emergency rescue is underway to save King – a neglected carthorse with a life-threatening infection. Elsewhere, 250 chickens are liberated from a battery farm to start a new life on the range. Plus, vet Jason Atherton meets an over-amorous Staffordshire bull terrier called Bongo whose love life is about to be cut short. Bongo is to undergo castration –an operation that could save him from cancer later in life.

On Wednesday, Tweed the orphaned otter is nursed back to health before being returned to the wild. Michaela meets some lions in South Africa who were saved from a practice known as ‘canned hunting’ –whereby animals are released into an enclosed area for hunters to kill. And a homeless moggy called Rita comes into the surgery with a nasty injury caused by getting her paw caught in her collar.
In Thursday’s show, ex-racehorse Sol has a complicated back injury which means he keeps throwing anyone who tries to ride him. Can the vets fix his back? Little Coco the Yorkshire terrier needs a new family after being left home alone on a baking hot day in Palm Beach, Florida. And Michaela is in South Africa taking a bird’s-eye view of the world’s largest free-flight dome. But will this huge protected environment encourage a rescued owl to spread his wings again?

Friday’s programme catches up with Winter the dolphin, who lost her tail in an accident with a fishing boat. Now this little mammal is making medical history by trying out a new orthopaedic prosthetic tail. Designers have experimented with more than 60 different ways to perfect the limb, but can they provide a happy ending to Winter’s tale? Elsewhere, an injured swan’s life is in the balance after being attacked by a dog. Staff at the 3 Birds Owl Sanctuary think they can help by finding her a mate. Plus, Jason treats a puppy who seems to have eaten something that disagreed with him.

Monday to Friday at 2:50pm on five

Continuing this week on Five is a new 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.

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

Monday
Gilly the rescued seal must put on enough weight to be released back to sea; while a group of penguins give their keepers the runaround as they try to avoid their flu jabs. In Florida, Michaela lends a helping hand as two rescued turtles are released into the wild; and the vets do everything they can to save the sight of a diabetic husky called Diesel.

Tuesday
Michaela nursing some orphaned baby manatees back to health before helping them into the water. Elsewhere, Florence the cat has a nose for a problem: she has a blade of grass stuck in her nostril. Can vet Jason remove it for her?

Thursday
It is a race against time to save retired racing greyhounds from being abandoned and killed. Michaela is in the Cape Flats in South Africa helping to save hard-working cart horses from neglect and abuse, and Alfie the rabbit faces the dentist’s drill.

Friday
Michaela is on the road with the American Society for the Protecton of Animals helping a possum who has got his head stuck in a parmesan cheese jar. Plus, can the vets save Mack the dog –and will Phillip the love-sick rabbit find the perfect bunny girl?

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Starting this week on Five is a brand new 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.

Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of dedicated zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals around the world. The programmes focus on the unsung heroes of animal conservation and protection, who work tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos, safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas. The series also examines the lifeand-death 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 natural-history show for Five, ‘Michaela’s Wild Challenge’, earned her a Best Presenter award at the BAFTA children’s awards. Matt Baker has won two children’s BAFTAs and a Royal Television Society Award for his work on ‘Blue Peter’.

In tonight’s opening episode, Michaela is on the road with animal rescue organisation TEARS in South Africa. She helps save a puppy that is seriously ill after being accidentally washed in strong disinfectant. Elsewhere, George the obese parrot is sent to a ‘bird boot camp’ in order to lose weight; and Mary the pregnant cow has to undergo an emergency operation to save her and her unborn calf.

Tuesday’s episode sees Michaela helping 50 rescued brown pelicans pass their flying test in Florida. Elsewhere, at Knowsley Safari Park, falling temperatures mean rising danger for the animals. Can the keepers ensure they stay warm? Plus, Oscar the cocker spaniel is in a bad way at the vet’s surgery.

In Wednesday’s programme, Michaela visits a farm for rescued elephants in South Africa where the animals are taught to coexist peacefully with humans. There she meets Harry, a four-and-a-half tonne, 20-year-old elephant who is still growing. Meanwhile, Jabba the seal is prepared for release from Colwyn Bay Mountain Zoo, and vet Jason Atherton must decide whether to perform a Caesarean section on a German shepherd.

Thursday’s show follows four lion cubs at Knowsley Safari Park as they are introduced to their pride for the first time. The cubs have been nursed by their mother for three months, but now face an anxious time as they wait to see if their wider family will accept them. In South Africa, Michaela visits a baboon rescue centre where orphaned primates are being trained to survive on their own in the wild. Plus, Jason treats a threeyear-old cat named Bob Smith who has a problem with his bladder.

And on Friday, the programme joins a couple of cute but troublesome slow lorises as the nocturnal primates are transported north in a bid to publicise the plight of their endangered species. And Michaela is in Florida getting to know some big cats who were rescued from a life of misery as domestic pets.

animal rescue squad

Coming soon to Five is a brand new wildlife series anchored by animal expert Michaela Strachan and ex-‘Blue Peter’ presenter Matt Baker. Airing on weeknights, the series follows the urgent work going on to save and protect animals in the UK and abroad –from large-scale conservation projects protecting endangered species in exotic locations, to tiny wildlife sanctuaries rescuing injured animals in Britain.

The programmes also examine the life-and-death dramas that unfold in vets’ surgeries up and down the country on a daily basis. Michaela Strachan has been a regular face on British television for more than two decades and has been involved with wildlife programming since 1990. Her most recent natural-history show for Five, ‘Michaela’s Wild Challenge’, earned her a BAFTA for Best Presenter at the 10th British Academy Children’s Film and Television Awards. Matt Baker has won two children’s BAFTAs and a Royal Television Society Award for his work on the BBC’s ‘Blue Peter’. Currently, he co-presents ‘Countryfile Summer Diaries’ on BBC 1 and hosts ‘Open Country’ for Radio 4.

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