We are delighted to announce that Nibbles has a new friend called Priscilla who has come to live with him! She has a crazy hairstyle and is great fun. The two guinea pigs get along very well together, running around and playing for most of the day. They get on so well that when someone picks one of them up, they will squeak and chat to the other guinea pig. The guinea pigs spent the summer with Mr and Mrs Lewis and their family in Bedfordshire where they had a great time roaming around their pen in the garden. However they are very pleased to be back at school with all the lovely children to play with. Mr Lewis takes them back to Bedfordshire with him every weekend so that they can catch up on Mrs Lewis's news, then it's back to school on Monday morning for a busy week with the children and staff.
We were devastated by the death of Humphrey, earlier in June. Despite the hard efforts of the vet, he could not be saved. Nibbles, his brother, cried and it was heartbreaking to hear. However, I am pleased to say he is much happier now. Of course he is getting extra cuddles everyday, but he has a pair of new friends...two rabbits: a boy and a girl. After a bit of sniffing and rubbing noses, they have all become friends; they have even visited each other's hutches. It is quite clear that Nibbles is in charge, as one squeak out of him sends the rabbits running.
As we did when the guinea pigs arrived, we ran another competition to name the rabbits and I am delighted to say that we decided on Lavender for the girl, courtesy of Kiara in Willow and Bailey in Alder decided upon...wait for it...Martin for the boy! Mrs Lewis is delighted as they were her two favourites! Well done to our two winners.
We are hoping to find another friend for Nibbles and are on the lookout for a female guinea pig or two to share his hutch. If you hear of any which need rehoming, come and speak to Mrs Lewis or our zoo keeper, Mrs Banton!
Have you noticed our new home? The lovely neighbours of Mrs. Jordan have kindly donated the a-frame to us! Aren't we lucky? We have lots of lovely space to run around in. Have you been to visit us? Trouble is, we don't like being in our small, indoor cage: we've even started fighting (Mrs. Banton has had to tell us off!). So, next time you're passing, come and say hello!
Whilst you are enjoying your school holiday, Nibbles and Humphrey will be enjoying a peaceful time at Mrs Lewis' house! They have an enormous run in the garden and enjoy spending all day chewing the grass (Mr. Lewis likes them visiting, so he doesn't have to cut the grass!). In the morning, the boys have their crunchy muesli, then later on they have a meal of carrots, cucumber, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and any other vegetables that are in Mrs. Lewis' fridge! The boys will return to school on Tuesday 4th November, just like you!
Have a great holiday
Welcome to Humphrey and Nibbles! We ran a competition to name our new Oughton pets and had hundreds of entries. Finally, during a Monday assembly, the two names were pulled out of the bag.
To say the animals have been a big hit is an understatement. We have been thrilled with the numbers of children in KS2 coming to feed, hold and clean the cages out. Without their help, the animals would not be as happy as they obviously are.
Another HUGE thank you goes to Mrs. Banton, who has carefully constructed a pen so that the guinea pigs can’t escape, whilst being cuddled by the children. If you are concerned about the guinea pigs at weekends, please don’t fret. They are not left ‘home alone’ at school.
Got any spare vegetables, fruit or a bit of leftover salad from dinner last night? Pop it into Mrs. Lewis’ classroom and the guinea pigs will be extremely grateful!