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Outback Wildlife Rescue

 

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This series is currently off-air.

About the show

In this first episode of Outback Wildlife Rescue, we meet four very different teams of people who share the single motivation of helping wildlife, be it injured, orphaned, or just in the wrong place.  Each of the groups makes its own unique contribution, but all four are equally important to the ongoing survival of native species.

In Darwin, an extraordinary Thorny Devil lizard has been handed into The Ark Animal Hospital, where head vet, Dr Stephen Cutter, is amazed.  These animals live in the arid deserts of central Australia and have no place turning up in the far north.  What's more, the Thorny Devil has a secret that makes it doubly important that she be returned home immediately.  She's flown south to Alice Springs that day, where wildlife rescue volunteer Justin Rutherford takes over her care and witnesses a very special delivery indeed.

In Beerwah, in south-east Queensland, the Australian Wildlife Hospital is a non-stop triage for injured animals. They're kept busy by a dedicated team of local rescue volunteers bringing in creatures needing help, and today they get a visit from two of their best.  The Powers sisters are identical twins who share a passion for saving wildlife, and their latest case is a familiar one. They've found a pelican that's swallowed hooks and line, left behind by a fisherman.  Senior Vet Dr Jon Hanger needs to operate immediately to remove them, but will it be too late to save her life?

And in Katherine, 300 kms south of Darwin, wildlife rescuer David Reed has received an urgent call out.  A snake has found its way into a cabin at a local motel and startled a cleaner as she made the bed. "Reedy", as he's known, is the first person people call in this sort of emergency, and he's soon on the scene. Katherine is home to some of the world's most venomous snakes, but without even knowing what he's up against, Reedy has to go into the room and try to catch the snake before someone gets hurt


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