RTE’s documentary series on Wild Ireland will come to an end tonight with a behind the scenes look at some of the biggest moments for the sanctuary family.
The finale of Return of the Wild: The Bearman of Buncrana airs this Thursday 1st October at 8.30pm.
The episode will follow the emotional and the frantic moments leading up to the park gates opening in October 2019.
Viewers will see Wild Ireland founder Killian McLaughlin getting the three resident bears, wolves and Naoise the lynx settled to their new habitats.
The series so far has followed the many ups and downs faced by Killian and his wife Katy in their mission to set up the sanctuary, but this episode will feature a very special family moment when the couple discover they are expecting. As if things weren’t hectic enough!
Tonight’s programme will chart the stress and exhaustion endured by the team as they put the finishing touches to Wild Ireland before opening. The park soon proves to be a hit with the public and when all Killian’s work seems to have paid off, a stormy winter hits… followed by Covid-19.
There are rays of hope though, and viewers will get to witness the park’s first ever birth when six wild boars arrived in April. More new residents are welcomed to Wild Ireland during lockdown, but an extra special arrival is still on the way.
Wild Ireland may have made it through the lockdown, but it seems many obstacles are coming its way in the future, from council issues and unhappy locals to the effects of Brexit, the McLaughlins learn it is an ongoing project that will never end.
Nonetheless, Killian and Katie, now joined by their newborn son Rigan, are confident and enthusiastic about overcoming everything life has to throw at them.
Return of the Wild: The Bearman of Buncrana, by Moondance Productions for RTE, airs at 8.30pm Thursday 1st October on RTE One.