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Secretive Creatures

Episode 2 of 2

Second of a two-part documentary using innovative techniques to reveal the secrets of pets' behaviour. A hamster uses his remarkable senses to stage an escape.

Take another walk on the wild side with our favourite pets. Extraordinary photography reveals their hidden senses and secret communication skills. Dogs take a car trip through Paris, using their legendary sense of smell to show us a very different city. A hamster uses his remarkable senses to stage a great escape and then deploys more navigational talents to find his way home. Cats become intoxicated on the scent of a plant and suffer the consequences.

A budgie shows his hidden charms to his mate as, under UV light, his crown and cheeks positively glow. Goldfish reveal secret senses that can detect the slightest water movement. A guinea pig gives birth and the newborns receive surprising care from their father. In South America, where guinea pigs have lived with people for 7,000 years, they express the true meaning of their entertaining calls.

When we groom a horse we speak their language, but horses use ears to communicate in ways that we are rarely aware of. In Japan, cats show their secret messages and in Peru dogs reveal the hidden signs that allow them to communicate across a city.

Packed with extraordinary facts and wild behaviour - you'll never look at your pet in the same way again.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 13 Jan 2018 11:00

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Role Contributor
Narrator David Tennant
Series Producer Philip Dalton
Director John Downer
Production Company John Downer Productions


TV Blog: The loveable hamster who found a forever home

TV Blog: The loveable hamster who found a forever home

Producer Philip Dalton talks about how his own pets feature in the documentary.