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Animal Park: Episode 8 (S19EP8 BBC One Wed 17 August 2022)

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To check one of the zebras, the keepers have called a veterinarian. She has been weak all winter because of her runny nose. The keepers are worried about her health as well as the possibility that the other zebras in the herd may turn against her because she is separating herself from them. Will the veterinarian and the keepers need to step in?

Also, the keepers have spotted a problem with one of their older cheetahs. He has lost weight and his teeth are worn down. The vets are called to investigate, which means an examination under sedation. The news isn’t good – the cheetah has serious kidney failure. One of the most important things the keepers must do now is to help the cheetah drink more water, but how do you measure how dehydrated a cheetah is, and how do you encourage this very fussy animal to drink more water?

Elsewhere in the park, Kate finds out how the keepers are slowly gaining the trust of their hyenas. Ben helps keeps the emus cool with a spot of grape bobbing, and Megan helps the keepers weigh the delightful red-handed tamarins and puts the Indian runner ducks to bed. Hamza spends an hour getting close up and personal with a Rothschild’s giraffe.

Airdate: Wed 17 August 2022 at 09:15 on BBC One

Season 19 Episode 8

Series exploring life behind the scenes at Longleat Estate and Safari Park.