In this episode, we travel to the Wolong Giant Panda Base in southwest China where vets are using high-tech animal medicine to try and save the species. In West Africa, we meet Shufai, a gorilla who was shot in the arm nine years ago by poachers and can only be healed with an operation never-before-tried on gorillas. In Japan, we join the vet who’s invented a whole new kind of underwater medicine to look after manta rays. In India, we join thousands of volunteers at the largest pop-up animal ER on the planet, and in Laos, young British vet, Will Thomas, makes an extraordinary plan to give a 4-ton elephant an X-ray at a human hospital.
In Episode 2, we join a team in South Africa that is trying to help a rhino who was attacked by poachers for her horn. Deep in the Borneo rainforest, Dr. Birute Galdikass looks after ill and injured orangutans before releasing them into the wild. In Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, we find out how human heart technology is being used to help our closest animal relatives - chimpanzees. In Pretoria, we meet a Cape fur seal suffering from a mystery illness. Elsewhere, a giraffe has caught his leg in a snare and without treatment will die - so vet, Derek Venter, prepares to catch and save him.
In the rainforest of Laos, vets attempt groundbreaking keyhole brain surgery on Champa, an endangered moon bear. In Japan, we meet vet and inventor, Dr. Keiichi Ueda. He’s spent the last 12 years trying to improve the life of Fuji, a dolphin who lost her tail to a bacterial infection that nearly killed her. Elsewhere, Martha is an alligator with a chronically blocked gut. In Chicago, a tiger has a CT scan to discover what’s behind her nose bleed. In London, we join a vet team trying to look after Priscilla, a Galapagos tortoise, who needs keyhole surgery to work out what’s wrong with her. Finally, in Poland, a team of South African vets is called in to try and remove the infected tusk of a five-ton elephant, Ninio.