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What hoots and eats ‘disgusting’ things? These Rock Hill kids will tell you.

Hooting owls visit classroom at Rock Hill school

An owl handler from the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville brought two owls to the preschool classroom at York Road Elementary School on Wednesday. The session was part of the center's "Tiny Talon Tales" program.
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An owl handler from the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville brought two owls to the preschool classroom at York Road Elementary School on Wednesday. The session was part of the center's "Tiny Talon Tales" program.

“Ooh, that’s disgusting!” one 4-year-old yelled when an owl handler told him the bird likes to eat mice.

That was the only negative hint the preschoolers at York Road Elementary School gave about the large owls visiting their classroom. Other than when one pooped on the carpet.

The rest of the expressions were “wow!,” “awe!” and “it looks soft!”

A handler brought the owls from the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, N.C., to teach the children about the birds’ habitats as part of the “Tiny Talon Tales” program. One bird is from South America and one is native to this region.

“We really want to inspire as many kids as we can,” said McKenna Schaffer of the center, which sees about 40,000 school-aged kids a year through its programs.

Before the session, one kid thought the birds ate dinosaurs. They all left knowing the birds are completely different than ducks.

Tracy Kimball is a visual journalist for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. She has worked at The Herald for 11 years. She graduated from Winthrop University and has lived in Rock Hill for 20 years.


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