Play­ful pair of fer­rets are lat­est ad­di­tion to school’s col­lec­tion

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A PAIR of fer­rets have be­come the lat­est ad­di­tion to the col­lec­tion of an­i­mals at All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege.

The school has its own farm on site with an­i­mals in­clud­ing ponies, lla­mas, chick­ens, sheep, pigs and goats.

Stu­dents help to look af­ter the crea­tures as part of a daily farm club when they visit the farm to see the an­i­mals and make sure they have enough food and wa­ter.

Eggs from the chick­ens are sold by the school and the pupils also grow their own veg­eta­bles.

There is an an­i­mal care and zo­ol­ogy club which staff hope are equally as suc­cess­ful.

The school has also now in­tro­duced BTEC An­i­mal Man­age­ment cour­ses at lev­els two and level three.

Donna Strat­ford, a sci­ence tech­ni­cian and the school’s farm man­ager, went down to a fer­ret res­cue cen­tre in Ruge­ley and the school adopted a pair of fe­male fer­rets.

They are liv­ing with a col­lec­tion of smaller an­i­mals who live in­side the school to aid stu­dents learn­ing.

The adopted pair are older an­i­mals - named Hermione and Luna - and have been well han­dled so are friend­lier for the pupils to pick up.

They have been and stu­dents have found they are still very play­ful.

Mrs Strat­ford said they are prov­ing pop­u­lar with the stu­dents.

She said: “Young fer­rets are ex­tremely play­ful and have a ten­dency to nip like a kit­ten or puppy would. Al­though they rapidly learn not to, it can be a bit off putting for novice han­dlers.

“Fer­rets are a do­mes­tic an­i­mal, but they are re­lated to pole­cats, stoats, weasels, and bad­gers. Like all car­ni­vores they are in­nately play­ful, cu­ri­ous and ac­tive.

“They en­joy be­ing han­dled and com­ing out to play in the area we have made for them and are prov­ing pop­u­lar with the stu­dents.”

She said al­though fer­rets are thought to have a ten­dency to bite, Hermione and Luna have been well be­haved.

She said: “A well­han­dled and prop­erly fed fer­ret is very un­likely to bite, in fact they make much bet­ter pets for younger chil­dren than rab­bits.”

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