Rare TV’s Mountain Vets will return for a second series tomorrow evening (Friday, November 15th) at 8 pm.
The BBC 2 observational documentary features veterinary practices which take care of family pets, livestock and wildlife in the idyllic countryside around the Mourne Mountains, in Northern Ireland.
Rising up from the Irish Sea, lies the ancient Kingdom of Mourne – a rural area in the east of Northern Ireland that teems with animal life.
It’s March and the start of the birthing season. The founder of the oldest veterinary practice in Downpatrick, Maurice King, receives a call about an extraordinarily rare birth on a farm he knows well. He heads straight out to check on the new arrivals.
Also, out on the road is vet Rachael Frew, Maurice’s most experienced vet in the Downpatrick practice. She gets an emergency call to a smallholding, where a goat’s been attacked by a donkey – but is it too late to save the goat’s life? It’s not the first goat that rescue Donkey, Dennis has attacked and in an attempt to reduce his aggression owner, Jennifer, books him in for an operation at the local horse hospital.
In the seaside town of Newcastle, terrier Finn isn’t his normal self. Usually, a very lively dog, his owner thinks he’s depressed and has noticed he’s not eating properly.He books him in with Maurice at the Downpatrick clinic to have his throat and teeth looked at; he’ll need to undergo a general anaesthetic - that’s always a worry for any pet owner.
In the heart of the countryside, to the north-west of the Mournes is Tullyraine Equine Clinic, the horse hospital where dangerous donkey Dennis is arriving for his operation. Senior veterinary surgeon Inge D’Haese explains that she can’t guarantee the procedure will help to control Dennis’ aggression and that at 8-years-old, after years of mistreatment, it may be too late.
On the edge of the Tollymore Forest, Maurice is called out to another ‘miracle birth’. Mare Spring has unexpectedly given birth during the night and owner Sabine has no idea how Spring became pregnant. The new foal is very weak, and Maurice must do everything he can to try and give the foal the strength it needs to suckle from its mother.
At the clinic appointments in Downpatrick, Rachael is presented with a wild animal that’s just waking up out of hibernation. Local resident, Carey spotted ‘Harry the hedgehog’ weaving uncertainly along his path while taking his dogs out for a walk – and is worried that there might be something wrong with his eyes.
At the foot of the Mournes, in Newcastle, Maurice’s son Cahir King runs Downe Vets smaller, sister practice.
Cahir has an appointment with Boo, a pedigree bulldog, whose owner would like her to breed, but she’s been unable to do so naturally. Bulldog Bailey has also been booked in to provide the semen that Cahir must collect to inseminate Boo.