Sunday 22 October 2017

Creepy crawlies and the fear factor

Bernadette Simpson, Keleigh Rocket, Kiaya McGrath, Aoife Tobin and Amy Brady, of Presentation Primary School,
Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, with a python at WIT
Bernadette Simpson, Keleigh Rocket, Kiaya McGrath, Aoife Tobin and Amy Brady, of Presentation Primary School, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, with a python at WIT
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

IT was a biology lesson like no other as fearsome jungle creatures slithered, crawled and shuffled from the pages of the textbook.

The screams of terror were soon replaced with the 'oohs' and 'ahs' of wonder as children from Presentation Primary School in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and Rathnure Primary School, Co Wexford, got to grips with a tarantula, a crocodile, a Burmese python, a monitor lizard and other exotic creatures as part of Science Week at Waterford Institute of Technology yesterday. The most popular draws of the day were Charlotte the tarantula and Tim the baby crocodile -- who thankfully had his jaw firmly tied shut.

"There is great fun in fear," explained Dave Griffin, the owner of Dave's Jungle in Tullow, Co Carlow, who supplied the wildlife.

"There is an initial few minutes when they start screaming, they think it's great fun to be scared. But after 10 minutes, everybody was touching or holding the animals," he said.

Irish Independent

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