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TODAY   |  April 10, 2014

Aww! Vet brings baby bear patient to TODAY

Field veterinarian Dr. Michelle Oakley visits TODAY to talk her new Nat Geo Wild series “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet,” and explains how treating various species can be difficult when animals aren’t cooperative and need coaxing to be examined.

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>>> 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.

>> thanks.

>> 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 --

>> oh!

>> oh!

>> 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