Pupils’ feathered, furry and scaly guests

Leanne Wattam, pictured with Halton Holegate Primary School pupils during the Animal Investigation day held recently.

Leanne Wattam, pictured with Halton Holegate Primary School pupils during the Animal Investigation day held recently.

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A merry menagerie of furry, feathered and scale covered critters were the guests of honour at Halton Holegate Primary School during an ‘Animal Investigation’ day, held recently.

Headteacher Damian Sunter said the pupils were struck by ‘awe and wonder’ when Leanne Wattam introduced her collection of owls, skunks, geckos, bearded dragons, royal pythons, rats and tarantulas.

“They absolutely loved it and have already asked to have them back,” he said.

The children were invited to stroke and handle the various creatures and were also taught some interesting facts about each of the species, such as their habitats and diets.

One pupil managed to impress Leanne with their knowledge of the term ‘crepuscular’, referring to the animals’ nocturnal habits.

Mr Sunter has praised the ‘fur, feathers and scales’ workshop for helping bring to life the students’ ongoing zoological studies, in an absorbing and engaging fashion.

“I can really recommend her to any primary school,” he said, “Invite her for the awe and wonder and the smiles on the children’s faces.”