Channel 4 has announced an extra episode of its award winning series Inside Nature’s Giants, which explores the evolution and physiology of the modern racehorse. The episode airs on September 20 at 8pm.
Channel 4 has announced an extra episode of its award winning series Inside Nature’s Giants, which explores the evolution and physiology of the modern racehorse.
The programme will be aired on September 20 at 8pm and will include the usual animal dissection, as well as background from presenters Mark Evans and Simon Watt.
Mark, an independent veterinary surgeon, told vetsonline he was really pleased the broadcaster had chosen to run the programme and he believes it would be of particular interest to veterinary viewers.
He said: “The thoroughbred racehorse is one of the greatest athletes on the planet – galloping with incredible speed and stamina for such a large animal.
“It is the result of unnatural selection, and exists on a knife edge between glory and catastrophic failure.”
Mark will detail the anatomy of a racehorse and the science that supports its performance, while his co-star Simon, an evolutionary biologist, will travel to a top breeding centre in Europe to investigate the breed science that creates champion racers “engineered for speed”.
Previous episodes in the 2011 series have included The Polar Bear, The Sperm Whale and The Leatherback Turtle.
- For more series information log onto www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-natures-giants/