Feathered friends fly in to school

130735b  Showing barn owls Bundi and Milly to children at Bramcote Junior School, are Lauren Smith, left, and Josephine Schneider, from Parrot and Seal, who do the shows at Flamingo Land.  Photo by Andrew Higgins 15/02/2013
130735b Showing barn owls Bundi and Milly to children at Bramcote Junior School, are Lauren Smith, left, and Josephine Schneider, from Parrot and Seal, who do the shows at Flamingo Land. Photo by Andrew Higgins 15/02/2013
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Youngsters at a Scarborough school have been learning more about animals following a visit from two very special guests.

Millie and Bundi aren’t your usual school mates - for one they don’t have arms and they certainly can’t spell.

But, as Harry Potter fans are likely to know, these interesting feathered buddies are incredibly intelligent - and they can event hear a mouse’s heartbeat from 30 metres away!

The two Barn Owls were made to feel more than welcome with infants at Little Owls Pre-School and at Bramcote Junior School.

They were able to find out more about the Flamingo Land birds from their handlers who spent the afternoon at the school.

A school spokesperson said: “The owls were a little fidgety as they really wanted to be flying around.

“Unlike real barn owls in the wild, they were wide awake so that we could see them.

“The children found out lots of owl facts and dissected owl pellets as part of their science project.”

The pupils also raised funds for the Hawk and Owl Trust by taking part in competition to design an owl themed pencil pot.

The winners were Ginny Pattison of the pre-school, Aishani Datt in Reception, Mark Nichols in Year 1 and Isabella Tyson from Year 2.

The money raised will be used to purchase and place a new Barn Owl nesting box.

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