TODAY | April 10, 2014
>>> the frozen yukon territory . dr. michelle oakley has seen it all.
>> dr. oakley , a yukon vet, her animals are put back as she tries to treat them. others get all the tlc they need. dr. oakley , thanks for being here.
>> you grab a bear --
>> at this age, but when they're a thousand pounds --
>> you have to deal with all of these animals and a family life . it must be tough?
>> balance, it's all about balance. i don't know if i've got it balanced right. yeah, it's definitely about keeping track of kids, wildlife.
>> you live in canada. how many trips do you take a day taking care of animals?
>> i definitely make a lot. i lost count.
>> these cute guys, these bears, very cute now, they'll get to over 1,000 pounds?
>> when they're born in the den, when the mom is hibernating that's when they're born. they can get up to a thousand pounds.
>> and they stay with their mom for the first few years of life?
>> the first two or four years. and they're very common in alaska and ewyukon. and we have about 5,000 in the ukraine. yukon .
>> and they've got to make that trek to the rivers to get salmon?
>> yeah, actually, 90% of their diet is vegetation. they eat a lot of plants and berries. definitely in the fall, salmon is our favorite food.
>> these guys don't have names yet. maybe we should get our viewers to work on that.
>> they're brother and sister bears, we think.
>> all right. let's get to the river otter .
>> a little safer animal here.
>> so this is an otter. they're very aquatic-type animal. as you can see they're streamline for getting in and out of the rivers.
>> they love to play, too?
>> nice web feet. they like to play on ice. they're squirty and fast --
>> i think-i take the bear.
>> this river otter is a little testy right now. they're playful, but not right now.
>> how is the north american beaver , is he a nice guy ?
>> does he eat cookies?
>> normally, but this guy definitely will.
>> listen to the sound, the noise he's making.
>> he's also semi aquatic. beavers are amazing.
>> what do you think he's saying?
>> he's actually a rodent and weighs about 40 pounds. and actually, they make a england from their anal glands, it smells good.
>> check it out, al.
>> no, that's okay.
>> it's actually used to make perfume. maybe we can do a little -- what do you think --
>> are you wearing it now?
>> not on purpose.
>> you smell good.
>> they're not in endanger at all. they're really common throughout new york america. definitely see them all united states and canada as well.
>> this is fascinating.
>> and also with our fingers --
>> fingers and toes all attached.
>> thank you so much. you can catch the series premiere of "dr. oakley yukon vet" and perfumer.
>> i can smell it a