HOW ANIMALS WORK ***FINAL***
Series 1, episode 4 (Final)
This show is about pets, pests and piglets – dogs, foxes and pigs – the everyday carnivores and the omnivores – those who eat only meat and those who eat everything. Most people have never seen puppies being born but we see puppies being born and follow their early development – but can puppies from the same litter have more than one father? We DNA test to find out. We see how urban foxes survive and we dissect a fox to investigate the digestion and cardiovascular system of a carnivore. And we look at the early developed habits of pigs which are omnivores like us, dissect a pig to show how similar some of their organs and systems are to us and we test the intelligence of piglets in studio.
This series explores how animals work… inside and out. The behaviours, biology and mechanics of animals are, quite simply, incredible and these programmes try to capture some of their fantastic stories.
The series features animal behaviours in natural habitats and under human control. There are also strong dissection scenes – because there is no other way to see the exact inner workings of some of the amazing animals we share the world with.
Presented by Ella McSweeney and the very eminent Professor Peter Wilson the series sets out to present the audience with stories and information that will surprise and intrigue. For two years Ella studied Zoology under Professor Wilson. Peter is one of the foremost authorities on animal physiology and is still teaching in Trinity some 50 years after graduating as a vet. Peter brings that vast knowledge to the series.
The first episode looks at fabulous fish and electrifying ecthoterms – everything from salmon, trout and eels to slithery snakes and lizards. Episode two shows the behaviours and characteristics of our feathered friends, particularly pigeons, geese and the barn owl. Episode three examines the inner and outer worlds of ruminants like sheep, cows and deer and we also look at the digestion traits of hindgut fermerters like the horse and the rabbit. And the final episode looks at some common carnivores and omnivores – dogs, foxes and pigs.
How Animals Work looks at animals we think we know in a whole new light. We certainly find out more about how they work – which might even help re-assess our relationship with them.