To attempt to dissuade DD1 (6yo) from taking as her 'Show and Tell' item a photo of a sparrowhawk dismembering a pigeon in our back garden?
Issymum · 18/03/2007 21:06
Glancing out of our kitchen window on Saturday morning, I saw a bird of prey just a few feet from the terrace dismembering a recently slain pigeon. Given that we live in central Guildford, I thought that this was quite remarkable. As did DD1, who swiftly recovered from her shock that some birds eat other birds and spent a considerable time watching it and helping DH identify the bird as a female sparrow-hawk in our bird book. DH took a great photo of the mean-eyed female ripping chunks from the still-warm pigeon and a less gory one of it standing astride its feathery remains. It's this less gory one that DD1 desperately wishes to share with her class-mates tomorrow. Too much for Y1 or a fantastic opportunity to share a real moment of nature in the raw?
frogs · 18/03/2007 21:16
Oh yes, no probs. Ds has taken in animal skulls and other weird stuff, to general enthusiasm. And I took in a real skeleton (borrowed from the lab) when ds was in Reception. The kids all loved it, and we ended up having to tour all the classrooms with it. The fascinating thing was to see how four-year olds ask exactly the same questions as 19-yo undergraduates...
Issymum · 18/03/2007 21:23
My sparrow-hawk and pigeon to your red hawk and seagull. You win hands down in the Birds of Prey Top Trumps rustybear!
Excellent! The Mnet consensus is that small children are rarely distressed by a bit of straightforward gore. I agree and DD1 will be pleased!
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