PUPILS at Wellington Eagles Primary Academy, in Ludgershall, enjoyed a special visit from a charity which brought in an array of animals, to the pupils' amazement.

Feathers, Fangs and Furries, a charity and fundraising group, visited Wellington Eagles with a variety of exciting animals. The charity brought in animals from all around the world, ranging from creepy spiders to a fluffy bunny. The children were mesmerised and intrigued.

Wellington Eagles’ The Nest, Reception and Year 1 had a hair-raising experience with the animals. Paul and Kerry from Feathers, Fangs and Furries brought the animals around one pupil at a time to allow them the chance to hold them or stroke them. Certain animals were unsafe for the pupils to hold but were allowed into the middle of the floor to showcase their talents.

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Thistle the Hedgehog was excellent at hiding and his speciality was moving unnoticed under his towel. Swoop the barn owl’s special trick was putting himself back to bed, after a spectacular show of flapping his wings as the pupils looked on shell-shocked.

The children learnt some interesting facts such as how a barn owl needs to hide from the rain, as their feathers do not produce a protective oil the same as other birds, meaning if they were to get wet they would not be able to fly due to their wings being too heavy from the rain. The charity also brought along a snake, spider, rabbit, centipede and a lizard.

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Nursery teacher at The Nest, Lyanne Morrison, said: “It was a pleasure to have Feathers, Fangs and Furries visit us. Paul and Kerry were knowledgeable and great at showing off the animals, and they were great with children in answering their mind-boggling questions and showing them how to correctly hold the animals.

"All three groups had a great time. It was lovely to see their faces light up at being so close to the animals or even getting to hold and stroke them. We really hope that we can make this a regular visit and help support the great work they do.”