Last week, our sheep experienced an important moment in their lives: they were shorn for the first time. We popped down to the Animal Walk to capture the big day on camera, although we're not quite sure the sheep appreciated the audience.
Here's a reminder of what Ted, our Oxford Down sheep, looked like pre-shearing.
Animal Keeper Cat introduces Ted to Tom, assuring him our sheep are well-handled and promise to behave.
At first, Ted wasn't quite sure what to make of it.
But he soon settled down and let Tom do the tricky bits.
Oxford Down sheep are traditionally left with a 'top knot' of fleece. This distinguishes them from other breeds which might look quite similar once shorn.
These guys are next.
All done! Ted seems quite proud of his new look.
George inspects what he's sure used to be Ted. Maybe a little nervous that it's his turn next?
Tom also showed us how to roll up a whole fleece, using a twist to fasten it in one bundle.
The fleece will be washed, picked, carded, spun and finally knitted. We'll share the final product with you once all the hard work is done.
It wasn't long before we had three (slightly smaller) very sharp-looking sheep.
The Horniman Gardens Animal Walk will open this Summer. Before it does, you can still visit the sheep in their paddock next to the Pavilion building.