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What does a domestic pet have in common with a highly endangered Sumatran Tiger?  Tonight’s episode reveals how tips for training your pet dog can also assist the Zoo’s carnivore keepers to care for the Big Cats.

And, what is a puggle? One of the most vulnerable and youngest animals ever to be brought to Taronga’s Wildlife Hospital faces a life and death battle. With little known about the species during infancy, can the Zoo’s veterinary nurses keep it alive?

Tonight’s episode of Wild Life at the Zoo also introduces you to Lucy Melo, the keeper who was injured by an elephant calf in an accident last year. The program follows Lucy as she returns to work and the heart-warming reunion with her elephant family. It also shows the thorough work of the Zoo’s scientists to determine what might have caused the accident. The findings surprise everyone, including Lucy herself.

Lucy has been back at work for some time and hopes that tonight’s episode will reassure all the community that she is back doing a job she loves. Lucy has also provided a message of thanks and an update on her progress since filming wrapped:

As many Taronga Zoo supporters continue to enquire about me, I thought I’d give an update on myself and the elephants.  First and foremost I want to reassure everyone I am back to full strength and full duties.  I was given medical clearance to come back to work on a part-time basis only two months after the injury, and a few weeks later I was cleared to resume normal full-time hours and full duties.  I credit the overwhelming support from the public in my rapid recovery, and getting me back to my elephants so soon!  Pathi Harn has adapted to his new management style like a champ, and the rest of the elephants have all responded well, and continue to thrive as always. We have been focusing on our breeding program, and with any luck we hope to be reporting a pregnancy or 2 in the not too distant future!

Lucy Melo.