Hooting owls visit classroom at Rock Hill school
“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.