A horse is about to give birth. As the foal emerges, the special liquid which has surrounded the foal in the womb comes out. The vets help tear the sac to get to the foal's legs more easily. They then help to pull the foal out. The horse licks the foal clean and within minutes, the foal is standing up.

This clip is from:
Science Clips, Life Cycles
First broadcast:
10 October 2007

Could be used as part of a life cycles topic. Pupils could discuss how they think animals give birth - some pupils may live on a farm or some may have seen pets give birth. After pupils have seen the clip, pupils could discuss why they think the fluid surrounded the foal when it was born. A discussion about instinct could also follow about how the horse sniffed and licked the foal clean and how the foal was able to stand within a few moments. This could be compared with how a human baby is born and how long it takes for us to walk. Research could be undertaken to investigate how other animals give birth.