Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Animals visits India in a new doc on ITV tonight.
In the new two-part series, Paul O’Grady heads to India for the first time in his life, to rescue and rehabilitate some of the country’s vulnerable wild animals and experience the jobs of the keepers and conservationists who are looking after them.
“I’d recommend India, it's a great place. Don't be like me and leave it too long, seriously…and I still haven't had a bad gut. Been letting off a lot!” he says.
Following in the footsteps of ‘Animal Orphans’ and the award-winning ‘For the Love of Dogs’, Paul is ready to roll up his sleeves like never before and immerse himself in the action-packed care of these astonishing creatures, prepared to go to any lengths to offer a helping hand.
In tonight's second episode, Paul introduces us to Assam – a state known for its tea plantations - but also really important for wildlife, and home to Kaziranga National Park. Paul’s working at CWRC, an animal rescue centre, and today he’s helping look after no less than eight elephant calves.
To find out more about life in Kaziranga, where people and wild animals live side by side, Paul pays a visit to a local village. There, the residents perform a traditional dance for him, and then he decides to try his hand at goat herding – and finds its exhausting trying to get the little fellas across the highway.
Paul then leaves Assam and travels to Northern India to a rescue centre which looks after Sloth Bears. They were saved after years of being dancing bears, and Paul’s first job is to help with the porridge run. He discovers bears really do love porridge – and sloppily suck it into their mouths.
Returning to the bear rescue centre, Paul meets Kirti. She was a dancing bear, and her nose is a mess from having a rope pulled through it for many years. On top of that she’s been in isolation, but today she’s going to have a medical, and if it goes well, she can join the other bears in the enclosure.
Paul has some final thoughts on India and the animals he’s met. He’s loved India, but the mistreatment of some animals has really upset him, though he’s in awe of the work being done to help them, and it makes him happy that at least some can be released into the wild.
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Animals - India 9PM, tonight on ITV.