Saturday, 28 January 2012

Would you like to tickle the fox....

It was my intention to post here regularly this school year but pressures of time have meant I didn't stick to my plan!!!  Hopefully there will be more posts in the next few weeks as I share with you some of the highlights of our visits and visitors to nursery....

Yesterday we had a visit from Debbie who brought some animals with her. 
Debbie works for TACT
and spends most of the school year visiting schools and groups throughout Northern Ireland.  She is enthusiastic and loves her job, imparting a wealth of knowledge to the children about each animal and telling how they all became residents at the sanctuary.

This year she brought a ferret, 

a fluffy rabbit who appeared to have a lion's mane,

a blind hedgehog who wasn't really prickly,

an owl  with one wing

and of course a fox who wanted to be a baby!
The children were excited about the visit which we had been preparing for, many brought gifts of pet food and bird food, sawdust, kitchen roll etc to donate to Debbie for the Centre.
There was great excitement and for some children mixed emotions because they have never been so close to real live animals before - and discovered how different they smell!!
Debbie however was reassuring and spoke gently and quietly to the children and talked about how to handle animals safely, the safest way to stroke a hedgehog or a ferret and how different they feel! 
 Almost every child had a chance to stroke the fox  if they wished to do so....Debbie also reinforced the importance of washing our hands after touching animals.  An interesting and informative visit for all our children!!


  1. Hi,

    Love the post . Most children in Australia have never seen local indigenous wildlife. Bringing them into a Centre so the children can see, smell and touch them is a great step in advancing their knowledge and recognition and stimulating their curiosity. I hope you have many more similar activities for your future stewards.

  2. Thanks Tess. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity!! Staff and children look forward to it each year.