10 Things you didn’t know about Dr Chris Brown

March 1, 2018

10 Things you didn’t know about Dr Chris Brown

Three years after graduating as a vet, Dr Chris Brown was talent-spotted while telling stories over a few beers in a pub. A fortnight later, he was the new vet on Harry’s Practice. Since 2009, Chris has been TEN’s Bondi Vet, a co-host on The Living Room and a regular guest and panellist on The Project. Chris is currently filming the fourth season of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! which broadcasts live, five nights a week from South Africa, on TEN and WIN Network.

My favourite contestant on i’m a celebrity has been…

I really enjoyed Pricey (Steve Price) last year, for the simple fact his viewpoints were so extreme going in, for him to go about that transformation of his morals and outlook on the world was quite profound. To see him now since he’s come back, he’s a different person; he’s happier, he’s healthier – he seems like a better version of himself and that’s a really nice thing. I talk to him quite often and he says it’s the greatest thing he’s ever done.

The comfort from home i always travel with is…

My camera gear. I love to be able to capture the extreme environments we find ourselves in. I always have the camera out and take a lot of photos and try to share them on social media to first of all prove we are in South Africa, but also to show people how amazing this location is.

In photography they say ‘never work with animals or children’. A memorable story from my career is…

I have a pair of boots I wear on every single shoot and you sometimes forget how good the sense of smell of pets really is. I was working with a tiger one day and then flew back into Australia and went home and I must have had the urine or something (you get covered in all sorts of bodily fluids), and my dog and cat both sniffed my shoes and ran. For the rest of the night they kept patrol, one at either end of the house, if they weren’t standing guard at the doors they were doing a patrol around the house – they were convinced there was a tiger around because they’d smelt it on me! They didn’t relax for a couple of days.

My favourite animal is…

In terms of my favourite to work on, probably giraffes, just the way they work is quite fascinating. I was in Uganda midway through last year for a couple of weeks working on a program to relocate giraffes across the Nile River. Understanding the intricate way their circulation works to keep them from passing out and working with that to make sure when you sedate them and when they go down they don’t injure themselves, and then waking them up in safe ways. They’re quite gentle unless they’re absolutely pushed and then they can kick and the kick can kill you, it’s working with what is a fairly gentle nature to not push them over the edge.

The most breathtaking challenges to watch are…

We mix it up every year, but there are two which repeat because they are such a great challenge. One is being buried alive with snakes, which always press the buttons for obvious reasons. The other is the big steel tower we lean out over the biggest canyon in the Southern Hemisphere and ask them to climb out right to the end and jump off to retrieve a flag from the end of it. They’re the two which are the most breathtaking.

The most uncomfortable challenge to watch was…

The in-camp challenge where they had to sit in a line and pass a century egg (fermented Chinese egg) from one mouth to another and I found that incredibly hard to watch. Especially the point where Dane Swan had to pass it to Steve Price and then pricey had to pass it to Tom Arnold and just seeing those men with their open mouths and shut eyes, basically kissing each other was such a strange thing to witness.

My living quarters on I’m A Celebrity are…

We try to make a big deal in front of the celebs, but I can tell you they’re very nice. I live in a house about 15 minutes away from the jungle camp. I like the change of scenery…and feel like I can unwind. And we’re up at 2.30am to be in there at 3am, so it’s good to have a bit of an escape from it. It’s not complete luxury, but it’s very nice; I share with a mate of mine who is in charge of the safety side of it, so I get to hear about all of the trials coming up and find out things to do and not do, which is often handy. And there is a swimming pool nearby so I can do some laps to keep fit in some way.

Would I ever trade places and go on the show as a contestant…

I think about this a lot and of all the reality shows around, this is one I would actually do because it’s most suited towards my skill set. As you would have seen from the promo, singing and dancing reality shows probably wouldn’t be a good idea, so at least outdoorsy, with animals involved, I might be able to at least fool people into thinking I’m of some use to the camp. The bit I get most jealous of the celebs, and there’s not a lot of things, but the thing that gets me is the camaraderie they have, they are so close by the end of it and they have their catch ups, their reunions every month after they’ve been in the jungle and they never invite me. I’m the figure staring through the window of the restaurant and they just ignore me.

My biggest fear is…

I try not to have too many, I can’t really be fearful of any animal. I have respect for lions and leopards, leopards especially, because they’re so strong and so athletic and so stealthy, and that’s probably the one thing that keeps everyone awake at night over there is the fact there is a female and a male leopard nearby who see that camp area as being their territory, so they will patrol through there occasionally. There is nothing we can do to keep them out, it’s just an understanding they won’t stray into camp. That’s the fear I have, that potentially one of those animals will get a little too close.

The only other fear I have, and I used not to be, but I’ve become slightly claustrophobic and it’s because of the Living Room, I did a story last year and was doing caving. I’ve never had a problem with small spaces, and I got stuck in a cave, wedged between the ground and the rock above me and I knew I’d be fine because I was with capable people but it was just this feeling and all of a sudden it awoke something and ever since then small spaces have just been a little funny for me and I’m annoyed this has happened. I used to be really good with everything.

My favourite animal to photograph is…

Anything with amazing eyes, leopards are always incredible but they’re so hard to find and they’re a bit mysterious almost bordering on creepy because they are such efficient hunters and it’s very hard to get a good shot of a leopard.

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