Animal magic comes to Sutton St James

Pupils take a look at ZooLabs corn snake. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG290216-125TW
Pupils take a look at ZooLabs corn snake. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG290216-125TW
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Animals from around the world helped Sutton St James pupils take a walk on the wild side when ZooLab ranger Barry Anderson was their special guest on Monday.

A corn snake, a rat, a geko and a tarantula were among the animals on show.

Xavier, Elliot and Owen were thrilled to meet a rat. SG290216-133TW

Xavier, Elliot and Owen were thrilled to meet a rat. SG290216-133TW

Teacher Jason Quant said: “The children found it very interesting. They thought it was strange the animals came from different countries and wondered, as some came from hot climates, how they were able to live here.”

That will lead nicely into the next topic for the 22 youngsters as they go on to study the different climates around the world.

As well as seeing the animals close-up, the children had the chance to touch them and were surprised the snake’s skin was dry.

“They all wanted to hug the snake,” said Mr Quant.

Erin, Kirk and Jessica meeting a geko. SG290216-117TW

Erin, Kirk and Jessica meeting a geko. SG290216-117TW

He said the children were very excited by the visit although some were a bit scared when they were introduced to the tarantula.

Mr Quant said: “They (ZooLab) didn’t let that one out of the box.”

ZooLab runs similar events for schools across the country.

ZooLabs Barry Anderson gives children a chance to hold a snake. SG290216-19TW

ZooLabs Barry Anderson gives children a chance to hold a snake. SG290216-19TW