Bondi Vet

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 7.30pm, Ten Good-look­ing vet Chris Brown heads to his home town — New­cas­tle, NSW — to coun­sel a fam­ily about their in­ten­tion to take a pig into their lives. The pig-as-pet craze is all the rage, Brown tells us, be­fore swap­ping Bondi for an older but equally sun-drenched stomp­ing ground. Though the house­hold al­ready has chooks, a yappy mutt and two sweet lit­tle girls, it seems Ge­orge Miller’s Babe films aren’t the vil­lain here. The young mum says the pig is her birth­day present. ‘‘ If you’ve got two kids, how hard can a pig be?’’, she asks, laugh­ing ner­vously. ‘‘ Pretty hard,’’ says Brown, who help­fully ex­plains the ori­gin of the term ‘‘ pig-headed’’, and how even mini-pigs can grow up to be 150kg mon­sters. So is he telling porkies? Will the fam­ily pro­ceed af­ter all this straight shoot­ing?

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