Sheep wanted for Japanese advert

BEN STRANG
Last updated 12:31 18/01/2013

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A Reikorangi animal trainer is on an urgent hunt for six to eight pet sheep to use in a Japanese television commercial next week.

Caroline Girdlestone, of Hero Animals, is looking for up to eight sheep, which will help spell out the word ''peace'' for the commercial shot in a large paddock.

''We have to write the word peace right across the hillside for a project for Japan, and we are short about six sheep,'' she said.

''I'm looking for pet sheep, not lambs, and they must be white with white faces, and have long wool. It can't be recently shorn. They need to be big, in your face sheep that come up to you and will eat sheep nuts.''

The sheep are needed by Monday, and will be trained for a week before shooting of the commercial begins on January 27.

They will then be returned to the owners, and Ms Girdlestone has also offered to shear the sheep after the commercial as a thank you.

''Because some people don't have the shearing shed like we do, and it can be a bit of a hassle. We can do that if they want.''

As well as a free wool-cut, the sheep would become Japanese television stars, she said.

Ms Girdlestone has worked on movies and commercials as a head animal trainer for many years, and was the lead animal trainer on the two Babe movies.

She was also flown to Africa as head trainer for the movie Racing Stripes, which included training a baby zebra, and pelicans to fly in free flight.

- If you have a pet sheep that could be used for the commercial, call Caroline Girdlestone on 04 293 4300.

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