Preview – Big Animal Surgery

Big Animal Surgery
Picture Shows: Veterinary surgeon Dr Gerhard Steenkamp performing root canal surgery on Ricci the lion. Image Credit: BBC/Piers Leigh.

We are familiar with vet shows operating on various small domestic pets, but in this programme we go up in size.

Liz Bonnin looks at what happens when surgery needs to be carried out on much larger animals. In this opening episode she visits a sanctuary in South Africa where a nine-year-old lion named Ricci needs an operation

Ricci’s teeth are in so much trouble that he needs the operation so that he can actually feed. During the operation things become dangerous where Ricci wakes up from the anaesthetic mid-way through the surgery.

Big Animal Surgery is on BBC Two at 21.00.