Secret Life of Farm Animals

Sheep

Series 1 - Episode 1 Sheep

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Review

Sheep have rectangular pupils. Newborn chicks dream. These and other revelations enliven a pleasant look at the biology of animals we have lived alongside for millennia but mostly take for granted. The first programme touches on cattle and chickens but focuses on sheep: the UK has 33 million of them (a quarter of the EU’s total) and they’re smarter than you might think. For instance, they recognise the faces of flock members – and human faces too, experiments show.

But it may not be the science that most absorbs you in the programme: at this time of year, seeing newborn spring lambs gambolling around the place is practically therapy.

Summary

Documentary examining the behaviour of farm animals, testing their intelligence, discovering unlikely relationships and uncovering a side to them that may never have been seen before. The first film focuses on sheep, following 12 weeks in the life of a lamb on a Welsh hill farm, and revealing them to be highly sociable with a remarkable ability to recognise each other and human faces too. Other animals featured include a lonely goose looking for company and a piglet that thinks it is a cow.

Cast & Crew

Director Rob Neil
Editor Tim Waymouth
Executive Producer Caroline Hawkins
Documentary Nature