sheep thrills

TV Times - - Wildlife -

‘In the first episode, we vis­ited swaledale sheep in a farm high up the York­shire dales dur­ing lamb­ing sea­son. i re­ally wanted this to go well be­cause my grand­fa­ther and his fa­ther were shep­herds, plus this was the first an­i­mal birth we filmed.

‘But it didn’t ex­actly go to plan! one ewe was strug­gling and we had to in­ter­vene. i’m a zo­ol­o­gist, not a vet, so i’d never had hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence like this, but i ended up de­liv­er­ing the lit­tle lamb my­self. My hands were shak­ing! it was so emo­tional, i was over­whelmed by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘That was just the start, though – ev­ery birth i en­coun­tered af­ter that had some level of drama to it. i dis­cov­ered that un­less you’re a pig, it never goes smoothly!’

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