Big Animal Surgery – BBC2

Liz Bonnin follows more wild animals as they go under the knife in this week's episode of BBC2's fascinating documentary Big Animal Surgery

Liz Bonnin follows more wild animals as they go under the knife in this week’s episode of BBC2’s fascinating documentary Big Animal Surgery

Following on from last week’s complex lion dentistry, Liz Bonnin (pictured above) travels to a wildlife sanctuary in Sierra Leone this week to witness a life-saving operation on a young female chimpanzee with a rapidly growing, and potentially cancerous tumour on her abdomen.

Big Animal Surgery

Liz and a vet check on the chimp

Using advanced techniques developed in the world of human medicine to diagnose and remove the lump, a leading wildlife vet performs the delicate surgery, which seems to be going well, until the chimp starts to wake up… 

TV Times rating: ****