Bicester News: Tots get to meet not-so furry friends

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NEVER work with animals or children, they say.

But that’s exactly what animal handling specialists ZooLab do all the time. And on Wednesday afternoon they brought their furry, and not-so-furry, friends to visit the tiny tots at Busy Bees nursery, in Barberry Place, Bure Park, as part of Science Week, which runs until March 20.

Among the creatures brought in by the team were a giant snail, tree frog, tarantula, giant millipede, hissing cockroach, snake, rabbit and gerbil.

In one session they showed the animals to three and four-year-old children, and talked to them about where they live and what they eat, and answered their questions.

The smaller children, aged two to three, learned about the different textures of the animals, including a rabbit, a frog and a snake.

The tots had the chance to feel the animals and hold them if they felt brave enough.

Nursery manager Rebecca Miles said: “The majority of them were really keen to touch and ask questions. They really enjoyed it and they’ve been talking about it ever since.”