A taste of the exotic as travelling zoo comes to school

Snakes alive: Looking comfortable with a royal python in their laps are Pinchbeck East pupils Alexa Boole, Jake Carles and Louis Taylor. SG080311-128NG
Snakes alive: Looking comfortable with a royal python in their laps are Pinchbeck East pupils Alexa Boole, Jake Carles and Louis Taylor. SG080311-128NG
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CHILDREN from Pinchbeck East Primary School were visited by a travelling zoo.

Four classes are studying animals and the pupils had a chance to handle exotic animals, including a royal python, thanks to ZooLab ranger Leanne Wattam.

Leanne took a variety of creatures to the school, including tree frogs, a rat, giant African snails and a tarantula.

Teacher Julie Green, head of key stage 1, said most pupils were able to stroke the animals but the tree frogs were kept under cover because they jump so high and the tarantula sat on a log, which was handled only by Leanne.

Mrs Green said: “Some of the children were a little hesitant to touch the animals – they were very, very interested –- but I think most of the pupils either touched the animals or stroked them.”

ZooLab specialises in providing exotic animal handling experiences to schools and Pinchbeck East pupils have followed up the visit by learning more about the creatures and writing about them.