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2 February 2004
Two upcoming BBC programs and an opportunity for you (and your horses) to feature on TV.
Test Your Pet (working title)
Discover the feline intellectuals, the canine masterminds and the equine prodigies of the UK animal world. This Spring BBC ONE will investigate just how intuitive Britain?s pets are. Using a series of tests devised by a team of animal behaviourists, Test Your Pet will endeavour to uncover the answers to questions such as What breed of dog has the highest IQ, exactly how long is a goldfish memory, and is a parrot?s ability to talk associated with which claw it uses the most?.
BBC ONE will encourage viewers to look at the animals that they share their lives with in a new light and participate in the biggest ever investigation into the characteristics and capabilities of some of our best loved creatures. Alongside the practical tests, the programme will also be seeking to find the answer to some of the mysteries of the animal kingdom. Find out what cats do at night, what dogs do during the day, and whether your cat purrs when you are not there. Owners will be challenged to prove what their particular breed of animal excels at and every pet from horses to birds can show off its true skills. Join in the nationwide survey of UK pets to help us discover who really is the cleverest pet.
From early March pet owners can register their pets? details and find out more information on the tests at our website, www.bbc.co.uk/nature/testyourpet Alternatively, if you know of a particularly intelligent pet who you would like to tell the production team about please call 0117 974 2141 or email email@example.com.
In addition to the above press release, this particular brief is to find stories of unusual behaviours in horses across the UK. Ideally, these behaviours would need to be visually interesting, but in most cases I think that they will be unpublished and will only emerge as personal tales belonging to individual horse owners. The idea is to intercut the actual tests with visual stories that show animals displaying unusually intelligent/different/trained behaviours.
Please contact Will Bolton, Researcher "Test Your Pet", Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How we live in Britain today
We have received the following letter at the BHDTA office. Nothing to do with carriage driving, but someone somewhere may be interested. If they chose a driving yard for their "subjects", that would certainly be different.
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