On Wednesday the 8th of March, St. Patrick's NS had a visit from a lovely lady, Gillian, and her 4 giant snails! They came from the DSPCA to tell the children of St Patrick's about the work the DSPCA does and how to look after animals properly. The 4 snails were much bigger than ordinary snails, and all had different shells. One was absolutely huge! Some of the boys in 2nd Class and the girls in 3rd Class held the snails, and hey showed them to the rest of the students. Gillian told us that the slime on a snail's body is used in medicine to help heal cuts.
Gillian explained that all animals can feel what we feel, so you should never try to hurt or scare them. She told us that if you pull a spider's leg off it feels that pain and its leg won't grow back. She also explained how bees and wasps are very similar. Bees collect nectar to make honey, but wasps are important too! A bee sting is actually worse than a wasp sting, as the sting of a bee gets stuck in your skin and once a bee stings you it dies. If a bee or wasp comes close to you, it is best not to panic and run around or they can think you are going to attack them and they will sting to defend themselves.
Gillian also explained that you should never buy a dog from a puppy farm as these animals are not looked after properly. The female is made to have lots of litters, and they are never allowed to run around or play. They aren't handled or socialised, so they can have lots of behaviour problems. If you are thinking of getting a pet, you should try to adopt and make sure that it has enough company at home during the day as animals can feel lonely too.
We really enjoyed Gillian's visit and we learned a lot from her. We hope you enjoyed reading this and that you have learned something new too!