Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll of Village Vets Australia, talk about the third episode of series 2.
Episode 3 is all about how unpredictable life is – especially with pets. No matter how well you plan, no matter how in control you would like to be, you can always guarantee with pets that something dramatic will happen when you least expect it! Then again – isn’t that what makes life exciting???
Mark and Amy have a lovely farm on the outskirts of Berry that they’re turning into a wedding venue – but its visual centre piece, an island in the middle of a lake, needs some TLC. Enter Gilligan the goat, charged with bringing down the grass on the island – he is temporarily put out there as a biological control before being brought back to the mainland after a few days. Goats are great pets, but male goats need castrating so they don’t become aggressive and smelly, so Anthony arrives expecting a
Mid-way though the job, Amy alerts them to a redbellied black snake that’s made its way into the house, so they swing into solving that problem. With the snake safely relocated, Gilligan takes to his island, only to hitch a stowaway ride back with Mark’s children … and gets attacked by a dog. He’s lucky to survive, and needs to spend some special time in the clinic’s goat ward before he can get back to task.
We also venture to Kangaroo Valley to see Tara at the local caravan park. Last year we treated Tara’s favourite alpaca Chewie (as in ‘Chewbacca’ for you Star wars fans). Chewie survived a near death experience, and we suspected she was pregnant. It turns out we were correct … and baby Milo was born just a few days ago. But all is not well for Milo – we believe he’s been attacked by a large eagle that was seen hovering overhead, and he’s suffering badly.
Just to add to the mix, an echidna is brought in with a tick infestation, a cow needs her cancerous eye removed, and a favourite Donkey named Di (who used to have a boyfriend named Dodi – true story!) has terrible feet.
It proves that old maxim, always expect the unexpected, and in a rural vet practice, the unexpected is a daily event!
Anthony & James