Wild At Heart Series 5 Episode 8 Part 1
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Caroline (Hayley Mills) returns to find that all is not well at Leopard's Den. Danny (Stephen Tompkinson) has been putting a brave face on his ban from practising as a vet but his attempts at helping out around the house are getting on everyone's nerves and Alice (Dawn Steele) is finding his back-seat vetting especially hard. When Rowan (Cal Macaninch) offers to help Danny with some young offenders who are staying, Alice is touched at her brother's support. It's immediately apparent that the youngsters are going to be a handful, particularly when their ringleader, Thabo (Atandwa Kani), takes a shine to Olivia (Olivia Scott-Taylor). However we discover that Rowan is motivated by his guilt. Rowan was responsible for giving the leopard the drug that killed it but he has let Danny take the blame for his crime.
Vanessa (Mary-Anne Barlow) is worried about her elephants and when Alice discovers the problem is bacterial, they realise they must find the source of the infection. Meanwhile Danny is doing well with the youngsters. They're really impressed when they get up close to lions but Thabo remains stubbornly aloof. They come across a scene of carnage -- a dead mother jackal and pups -- and, against Danny's advice, Thabo goes off in search of the surviving pup. He gets dangerously close to the lions and Danny has to fire a warning shot but Thabo succeeds in the rescue, earning Olivia's admiration in the process. However, with Danny unable to practice they have to wait for Alice to arrive to operate on the injured pup. Seeing an animal suffering and not being able to help is very difficult for Danny but fortunately, Alice comes back in time to save it. Alice tries to console Danny but he admits he's made a decision. He can't stay at Leopard's Den if he can't practise as a vet.
Everyone is devastated at Danny's decision, particularly the guilt stricken Rowan. One of the Mara rangers, Baruti (Mothusi Magano), knows Rowan's secret and is blackmailing him. Rowan is forced to pay him off to get rid of him. DuP (Deon Stewardson) realises that Danny has to feel needed in order to want to stay at Leopard's Den, so he comes up with a plan to make Danny feel invaluable. However, Danny sees through DuP's ruse when they immediately find the source of the elephants' infection. Danny finds a new respect for Thabo when they all build a fence around the contaminated watering hole. Believing his scheme to be a success, DuP wrongly assumes Danny has decided to stay. Meanwhile the net is closing in on Rowan as Vanessa discovers a package and a message from Baruti. With the secret out to Vanessa, Rowan has no option but to confess to Danny and Alice...
Created and written by by Ashley Pharoah
Produced by Nick Goding
Series producer Serena Bowman
Directed by Nick Lagughland,David Richards,Roger Gartland,Paul Harrison
Stephen Tompkinson - Danny Trevanion
Dawn Steele - Alice Collins
Deon Stewardson - Anders Du Plessis
Hayley Mills - Caroline Du Plessis
Olivia Scott-Taylor- Olivia Adams
Cal MacAninch - Rowan Collins
Nomsa Xaba - Nomsa Nguni
Megan Martell- Charlotte Collins
Abigail Kubeka- Cebile Fatani
Naima McLean- Buhle
Kagiso Legoadi- Cashile
Mary-Anne Barlow - Vanessa
Atandwa Kani - Thabo