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Dissecting Owl Pellets

A science experiment dissecting owl pellets had Year 3 girls in fascination. Barn owls are unable to digest the fur and bone of their prey, which they usually swallow whole. The indigestible parts are regurgitated in the form of an owl pellet.

When examining the pellets, the girls found skeletons of rodents, including pelvises, skulls and even teeth! Year 3 pupil Evie, said, “It was very exciting to pull them apart and see real bones inside!” Molly Mansfield, Year 3 Junior Girls teacher, added, “The girls were amazed that the bones were real and that the 'stuff' in the owl pellets was rodent fur! They were completely engrossed and fascinated.”


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