8:00pm – Sunday, December 6 on Seven
This week on OUTBACK WILDLIFE RESCUE, Darwin’s crocodile rangers must remove a cranky predator from a popular recreation spot; Yoda the koala faces a difficult road to recovery after being hit by a car; and an orphaned wallaby cared for by inmates in Darwin Prison is returned to the wild.
Crocodile ranger Tommy Nichols has a tricky little problem on his hands. A freshwater crocodile has been chasing tourists at a popular bird-watching location and needs to be removed. While the crocodile isn’t big enough to inflict a life-threatening injury, what he lacks in size he makes up for with a particularly feisty attitude. As Tommy and his team move in to capture the croc, he seems determined not to be taken without a fight.
At Beerwah’s Wildlife Hospital, there’s an all-too familiar scene. A young male koala has been hit by a car, smashing his jaw. Vet Amber Gillett nicknames him Yoda and sets about repairing the damage, but it’s not going to be easy. Koala’s mouths are prone to infection, so unlike setting a broken arm, Amber can’t use plates to hold Yoda’s jaw in place. Worse still, he seems to be suffering internal bleeding. It will take all of Amber’s skills to save his life.
And Darwin’s prison population is growing wilder by the day. As part of a rehabilitation scheme, prisoners are given orphaned wildlife to raise and care for until the animals can be released. Young Abbey, an orphaned wallaby, was the first animal sent to the prison, and today is a big day – she’s due to be set free. It’s a proud moment for prisoners and organisers alike, and a big test for the program. If Abbey copes, it’s a sure sign they’re all doing something right.
OUTBACK WILDLIFE RESCUE is presented by ERNIE DINGO.