The facial grimace is useful as a way to tell if a sheep is in pain, and how much pain.
When a sheep is in pain, the muscles in the face tighten, tensing against the pain. This causes the face to change and causes the facial grimace.
There are three parts that make up the facial grimace:
When you approach a normal, pain-free sheep you will see a face like this.
Here is a sheep in pain:
The more pronounced these features the more pain the sheep is in. In the following images the sheep on the left is in moderate pain and the sheep on the right more severe pain.
The Facial Grimace
- Written by: kate