Animal Planet is at its best when it’s educational, and viewers aren’t the only ones who learn something new during Saturday’s Season 3 premiere of Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet. In our exclusive sneak peek above, Dr. Jeff Baier’s staff at Planned Pethood Plus expects it to be business as usual when Samwise, an albino wallaby estimated to be eight or nine months old, is brought in to be neutered. But as they prep him for surgery — which, warning, you do see in the clip — some of them are surprised to see where the scrotum and penis are positioned on the marsupial. “It’s penis is down there? That’s normal?” asks practice manager Melody. “I’ve never seen a wallaby penis, so… Switched.”
“The anatomy is partly due to evolution, and partly because he’s from Australia, so things are upside down,” Dr. Jeff explains.
Samwise’s owner, Hedy, runs a program that brings exotic animals into classrooms to educate children. She does not recommend highly intelligent wallabies as pets. Samwise is able to jump up onto her kitchen counters and is “incredibly destructive,” she says in the show.
The new season of Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet premieres Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet.