Meet our Animals
Winnie - St Peter's Educational Assistance Dog
Meet Winnie. Winnie is a black
Labradoodle (a cross between a
Labrador and a Poodle).
She is in training to be an Educational Assistance Dog. That’s a dog who lives with a teacher but comes to school every day to work with children and be part of the
school family. Educational Assistance dogs to help teach children non violence , empathy, respect, kindness, love,
responsibility friendship and trust. Winnie will live with Miss Bartle who is the adult responsible for her.
You can find out more about how Winnie is doing in the 'Winnie's Weekly Wag' section of our newsletter or in the picture books below.
Meet Sunshine, Rainbow, Flower, Sparkles, Pecky and Fluffy who are our chickens. They all hatched here at St Peter's and are all female chickens, called hens.
More interesting chicken facts:
- Chickens are related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur.
- There are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird.
- A healthy chicken lays about 265 eggs each year.
- Chickens cluck after they lay an egg.
- As a chicken gets older the eggs they lay become bigger but fewer eggs are laid.
- Chickens will be less nervous if you walk backwards when entering the coop.
- Most chickens swallow gravel to help mash food.
- Chickens have excellent hearing and memory.
- There are well over 300 breeds of chickens.
(Adapted from: https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-chickens)
The Guinea Pigs
Robbie and Freddie are our school guinea pigs. They are both male guinea pigs (called boars). Guinea pigs are herbivores, which means that they only eat plants.
During the school lockdown, Robbie and Freddie have been staying with Mrs Hall.
More interesting guinea pig facts:
- Despite their name, guinea pigs are not pigs and they don't come from Guinea! They originate from the Andes, which is a mountain range in South America.
- Guinea pigs are herd animals (like cows and sheep!) and do better in groups than alone.
- The teeth of guinea pigs grow throughout their entire life but chewing and grinding food keeps guinea pig teeth from growing too long.
- Like humans, guinea pigs do not produce their own Vitamin C and need to get it from food.
- Depending on breed, diet and other factors, a normal guinea pig’s lifespan varies from five to eight years. However, the world record of a guinea pig’s age is fourteen years.
- Guinea pigs are active up to 20 hours a day and only sleep for short periods at a time and they can sleep with their eyes open or closed.
- A male guinea pig is called a boar and a female is called a sow. Newborn guinea pigs are called pups.
- Guinea pigs are very social and have little trouble living together with other species of rodents. They also enjoy human company.
- Guinea pigs feel a little shy at times, so they like having places to hide. A good idea for guinea pig owners is to cut some holes in a cardboard box and leave that in the cage.
- Guinea pigs don’t bite as a defence mechanism. If you are ever bitten by a guinea pig it probably means they thought there was food on your hand.
- Despite their small size, there are 258 bones in a guinea pig’s skeleton. In contrast, human adults have 206 bones!
adapted from: http://guineapigaloo.com/guinea-pig-facts-for-kids)
Meet Floppy and Poppy, our school rabbits. They are both female rabbits (called does). Rabbits are also herbivores, which means that they only eat plants.
During the school lockdown, Poppy and Floppy have been staying with Mrs McDonnell.
Some interesting facts about rabbits:
- A female rabbit is called a doe and a male rabbit is called a buck.
- A young rabbit is called a kit (or kitten).
- Rabbits live in groups.
- The European rabbit lives underground, in burrows. A group of burrows is known as a warren.
- More than half of the world’s rabbits live in North America.
- Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 10 cm (4 in).
- Rabbits have a lifespan of around 10 years.
- Rabbits are herbivores (plant eaters).
- Rabbits are born with their eyes closed and without fur.