Sick horse is mane attraction
Rolf's Animal Clinic Five, 8pm
ROLF'S Animal Hospital used to be a popular series, with millions tuning in to see the bearded Antipodean resuscitating a hedgehog.
Now Rolf, facial hair still teeming with wildlife, is back, this time at the University of Liverpool's Leahurst campus, home to one of the UK's top veterinary colleges. With three specialist hospitals treating cats and dogs, horses and farm animals, and two teams of mobile vets doing home visits, its vets and students have to be prepared for anything the animal kingdom might throw at them. Look out for Wayne Rooney needing an abscess lanced in episode two.
Tonight, at Leahurst's equine hospital, surgeon Debbie is coming to the end of her shift when an emergency is rushed in. Millie, a family's pet horse, is suffering from the potentially life-threatening condition known as colic, a broad term for abdominal pain caused by a blockage or build-up of gas and fluids in the horse's intestines.
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You may have suffered something similar after too much Christmas dinner.
A quick examination tells Debbie that Millie's in grave danger. There's no time to lose. Debbie and her team have to work their way through Millie's intestines, find the cause of the blockage, and release the accumulation of food and liquid causing the impaction.
Elsewhere, farm vet Lorien faces two very excitable alpacas suffering from a mysterious case of flaky skin. One of the patients, however, protests in the messiest way imaginable.
Enjoy your evening meal.