Segments in this Video

Spring: Lambing Season (04:31)


The low bleats of newborn Molly’s mother reassure her before she begins walking; prey animals are born with functional legs. All sheep trace back to flocks in the Middle East, 8,000 years ago. British sheep have been bred for wool and various habitats.

Tonypandy Farm (03:17)

Charlie, a 20-year-old gander, finds his reflection in all shiny objects. Farmer Julie Thomas discusses his difficult year; his mate Millie died and his shed burned down. Geese mate for life and mourn the death of their partner.

Identification Aptitude (05:24)

Molly, now two-days old, requires 12 hours of sleep daily; she uses signature calls to alert her mother upon waking. Ewes and lambs recognize each other’s vocalizations and smell. Farmers experiment with sheep facial recognition skills.

Maternal Instincts (06:26)

Pekin bantam chicken Patricia prioritizes keeping her clutch warm and protecting her hatchlings. Unhatched chicks communicate before emergence, using their beak tooth to break the shell. Ewes will stand their ground against predators to defend their young.

Therapy Animal (03:34)

Rams are potentially dangerous, but four-year-old Rory has formed a unique relationship with his Herdwick Mario. The sheep displays emotional intelligence, appearing to understand Rory’s need for developmental support.

Sheep Characteristics (03:26)

By two weeks, Molly’s bond with her mother is strong; her speed nearly matches her mother’s at 25 mph sprints. Sheep cope with spring weather with insulated, oil-coated, water-resistant fleece. When warm, wool absorbs humidity, keeping the animal cool.

Animal Senses (06:31)

Warmer weather allows farmers to release cows from their sheds. Molly forms friendships and develops strength, defense strategies, and head-butting skills; sheep do not graze where they sleep. Sheep, cows, and chickens have specially designed eyes.

Animal Companionship (02:10)

Pigs have poor eyesight, but a good sense of smell. Mr. Sparkle, eight-months-old, has regularly sought out the calf Dainty since her birth, despite Christopher Murray’s efforts to keep them separated. The piglet escapes from his pen to sleep with Dainty at night.

Flock of Sheep (05:21)

At eight weeks, Molly is growing independent of her mother. Ewes and lambs form small groups but will flock together when they feel threatened. Farmer Jack Cockburn tests flocking behaviors; maternal instincts trump self-preservation impulses.

Summer Changes (08:31)

Charlie receives a new shed and companion. Molly is almost grown. Shepherds use dogs to steer sheep to Snowdonia pastures shared by farmers; the sheep follow ancient tracks, displaying generationally passed knowledge. Hear a summary of the episode.

Credits: Secret Life of Farm Animals: Sheep (00:34)

Credits: Secret Life of Farm Animals: Sheep

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Secret Life of Farm Animals: Sheep

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It's springtime on the farm and the focus is on sheep. We follow the first 12 weeks of a lamb's life on a Welsh Hill farm. Along the way we find out that sheep are highly social animals with not only a remarkable ability to recognize each other, but to recognize human faces too. We meet a ram that has befriended a shy four-year-old boy and we take a drone's eye view of some multi-colored sheep to show that despite being sociable, flocking is actually all about self-preservation. Other animals we meet on the farm include Charlie, a lonely goose looking for company in his own reflection.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL187932

ISBN: 979-8-89206-314-2

Copyright date: ©2018

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