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Moo's happy hamsters
My dog Mr Molly
Mini car madness - beasties in the
Munch, Crunch & Murder - the stag
Jack's rabbit recipe - delicious!
Dog Poo biscuit recipe
Flossy and the puppies
Jokes, jokes and more jokes!
Zoo keeper for a day
Page 15 & 16 Catch the pigeon
Interesting animal facts
Les Cochon en France
Guess the animal competition
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I have just got a Chinese Dwarf Hamster and because he is
so cheeky and funny and always running around, I decided
to call him Happy.
Actually, that’s not true. First I called him Zippy, then I
called him Speedy and THEN I called him Happy because it
suits him the best.
He is two inches long and I can hold him in my hand, and he
has only nipped me once! He has done a wee in my hand
though, which made me scream and I had to wipe my hand
on the sofa (Mummy wasn’t very happy).
The thing about Happy is he needs a nappy because he does
lots of wee and poo. My mum won’t hold him anymore
because he pooed on her. Oops!
Happy eats Hamster food and he lives in an awesome cage
with tunnels all over it and a wheel. He shares it with his
It’s easy to tell the difference because Happy is black,
grey and white, and Womble is brown, black and white.
There is something very important you need to know before
you buy a hamster. Happy is VERY noisy at night. Hamsters
play all night, they run round their wheel, they squeak and
they scratch and the noise is sooooo loud it wakes you up.
The cage was in my sister’s room at first but now it’s
downstairs. In a big cupboard.
The best thing about Happy is he makes me happy. He’s the
first thing I want to see when I get home from school.
Top tips for looking after your
* Hamsters need their food
topped up and their water
changed every day.
* You should clean their cages
once a week - there's a lot of
* They love to play and they
are very fast!
* My hamsters favourite toys
are their wheel and their rolly
* Look out for 'wet tail!' - you
know if they have it as their
bottoms will get wet. You
should take them straight to
* Hamsters can be taught how to come by name.
* Male hamsters are called ‘Bucks’ and females hamsters are called
* Hamsters can carry half their body weight in their cheek pouches.
* The native habitats of hamsters are the deserts of Asia.
Is Molly a girl or a boy? you ask.
Molly is actually both! We bought
Molly from a breeder in Billericay,
Essex as a girl. We found the
breeder through our good friends
the Squirrell's who bought their dog
Teddy from the same place.
My sister Moo and I picked Molly
because she was the runt of the
litter. None of the other dogs were
playing with her so we thought that
there must be something special
about her……little did we know!
We picked Molly up when she was 8
weeks old. She was very excited but
tired quickly. Her head was too big
for her body and her paws looked
as if she was wearing her dad's
shoes! When she got bigger mum
spotted that she was not all girl. We
took her to the vet and the vet
said,"your dog needs an operation."
We had to take Molly to a special
hospital for animals and they took
Molly away for over a week for her
Now Molly is absolutely fine. Whilst
medically she will never be a girl or a
boy and never be able to have
puppies, she will always be our little
Molly with her super long eyelashes!
We went to France with our school friends, Oscar and
Madeleine, to stay with our other school friends, Emma
and Olly. When we were there Oscar and Madeleine’s mum
Karen saw a strange paw print by the lake whilst out
running with my dad. The paw print was too big to have
been made by a normal dog, wolf or fox………..
The grown-ups decided to make a
plaster cast of the paw print but
there were too many to go in Emma
and Olly’s grandpa’s car, an old
Citroen 2CV (we called it mini car
madness) which has no roof.
Grandpa Graham, Angela (Emma and Olly’s mum) and all
the kids climbed into mini car madness while the grownups
Greg, Chris and Karen walked down to the lake. Greg
said that during the walk Chris almost stepped on a
snake, and ‘screamed like a girl’. Little did he know what
horrors lay ahead of him…….
About 200 yards from the lake
they saw a bull which was big
and white with huge razorsharp
horns. They walked
along the tree line trying to
hide in bushes to avoid it when
they realised it was definitely
on the wrong side of the fence.
Greg whispered to the others that they would need to
be careful to avoid the bull. Just as he said it, the bull’s
head snapped around and it stared directly at them.
There was no way to get
past the bull without going
through an open field which
had just been ploughed.
However, they managed to
get to the shore of the
lake where they dived
through a gap in the
They felt safe there but couldn’t see the others. Little
did they know…..
They waited 10 to 15 mins but still there was no sign of
the others and they couldn't get through to them on
their mobile phones. It was then that they heard
‘thundering hooves’. The bull was on the other side of
the hedge snorting and stamping its hooves angrily as
it stood between them and the house. There was no
way past the angry beast!
Finally, Grandpa Graham managed to get through and
pick them up. Halfway up the hill, however, the car
began to skid as there were too many people in the car.
So Greg had to get out. Terrified and expecting the bull
to appear at any time, Greg made his way back to the
When they got back they were met by a terrified Oscar
who told them about their incredible adventure. The bull
had also charged them, forcing Grandpa to flee along a
small, narrow, overgrown path with big dips and a sheer
drop on one side. The car was rocking dangerously and
skidding the whole time and they didn't know where the
path would come out, possibly a dead end...which would
have meant certain death for all! Luckily, they all made
it back safely. The grown-ups were quite thirsty.
Why was Grandpa so scared? Was there really any
danger? Well, last year their neighbours' sister was
killed in almost the same place by another bull.
And the paw print? We never found out what made the
paw print. What animal do you think made this print
(see pic above). Email your suggestions:
Grandpa Graham collecting wood in 'mini car madness'.
We found Munch, Crunch and Murder on
Wandsworth common 2 years ago in October. They
were in a rotting, old tree stump which had fallen
down years before and is still there now.
We found them as larvae and raised them like pets,
they were larvae for a whole year and a half and we
fed them on rotting wood which we got from the
tree stump every 2 days. They were larvae for one
year which told us that they were 4 or 5 years old
when we found them.
They turned into pupa and it was then that we could
tell that Munch was a girl and Crunch was a boy.
Sadly Murder never lived to be a pupa. We think it
was because he was born blind. Unfortunately only
Munch survived to be an adult stag beetle and in the
end we released her into the wild to find a mate.
Stag beetle fact file
scientific name: lucanus cervus
Habit: woodland edges, hedgerows, parks and
Diet: larvae eat decaying wood and the adults
eat nothing but they do take moisture from
Munch as a beetle
For more information check out: http://www.ptes.org/files/225_stag_beetle_factsheet.pdf
First you need to catch a rabbit and
skin it - here's one from dads camping!
1. catch the rabbit
by shooting it or
with a snare or trap
- check out the next
edition for how to
make a snare!
2. skin the rabbit by
cutting the belly
open and remove
guts. now peel
back the skin
pulling it away
from the flesh. the
fur should come
off in one piece and
can be used to make
3. now cut the rabbit in to five pieces removing the two
legs, two shoulders and leaving the middle piece which is
called a saddle.
4. to cook the rabbit first brown the meat in a pan with
some oil add some vegetables to the pan (carrot onion
leek) season with salt and pepper now cover with water,
add a stock cube, bring to the boil for 40 mins, turn of
heat and allow to cool.
5. add grainy mustard and creme fraiche serve with new
potatoes and wilted nettles.
Best eaten around the camp fire!
all the best jack xx
200G PLAIN CHOCOLATE
7 CAN CONDENSED MILK
225G SELF-RAISING FLOUR
65G MILK CHOC OR WHITE CHOC
NO DOG POO!!!
1. Grease 3 baking trays and put oven onto 180c,350F or
Gas Mark 4.
2. Break up chocolate and put with cut-up butter in a bowl
over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. When
melted stir in condensed milk, take off heat and just let it
3. When cool, mix in sieved flour, choc buttons and chill the
mix in the fridge till firm enough to handle.
4. Put large teaspoons of mix - spaced well apart - on baking
trays. Put in oven for 15 mins. Don’t overcook them. They
will seem quite soft and glistening but will harden if you
leave on wire rack.
5. Eat or leave on the floor and watch mum SCREEEEAM!
Flossie is a black miniature cross
toy poodle who is five years old.
She is very clever and we got her
from a farm. Recently she has had
three beautiful black puppies. Their
names are Dandy, Scout and Minnie.
They are all very cute and very
small. She had the puppies on
Thursday 11th of October, 2012.
The puppies have not got any teeth
yet and Scout the runt is not very
well at the moment. Once she nearly
Flossie mated with a white poodle
who had some apricot splashes. His
name is Frodo. The owners got the
name from Lord of the Rings. Flossie
is very very fast and she loves to
chase dogs nearly five times her
Follow the puppies progress in the
next edition of Nature Island!
Q: Whats a
Q: What do
frogs order in
A: French flies &
A: Don't frown, be
Q: What did the big
flower say to the small
A: "Whats up bud?"
washes up on very
is the moon at
A: When it's
We went to Paradise Wildlife Park to
be zoo-keepers for a day. First we
went straight to reception and
they gave us a t-shirt that said
zoo-keeper for the day at PWP.
Then we went to muck out the pig
barns. The pigs were put in their
outdoor pens whilst we mucked out
the ones inside. It was a lot of
work! Before we moved on we held
the rats, they were amazing and
really intellegent - we would love to
get some as official Nature
After that we went to the meerkats
pens and played with them. The
keeper gave us a bowl of food and
they climbed on our shoulders and
our heads. They are very funny.
We finished with a tour of the
reptile room where we were able to
handle snakes, lizards, a tarantula,
baby turtles and a pigmy hedgehog.
GREAT DAY OUT!!! Page 14
Then we went to see the white
lions which are now extinct in the
wild. There were two girls and one
boy. They were all amazing and
looked very scary although the
male was really a big softie. Our
next job was to collect the animals
food from behind the scenes. We
especially loved the big cat and fox
food - dead pigeons, mice, chickens
and lots of raw meat and big juicy
I found Jack the pigeon outside Earlsfield train station. Jack
had fallen out of his nest and been savaged by a cat or fox which
must have lost interest or been scared off. I found him when on
the way to the cinema. I was with my Dad, my friend Oscar, his
dad, my sister Moo and her friend, Madeleine. We were late and
didn't know what to do so I asked the man selling the Big Issue
to look after him until I got back.
When we got back Jack was still there! I begged my Dad to let me save him, and
eventually he said yes 'as long as you sneak it past your mum!' We went to
Sainsbury's and got a box to put the pigeon in. They taped Sainsbury's bags to my
hands because pigeons can carry germs.
When we got home my friend Daisy came over and
we cared for Jack. We gave him a bath and tried
to wash out his mouth because it was full of
blood. We gave up because it was stressing him
too much. He was skinny and boney so we found
some worms which he refused to eat. We also
fed him water from a syringe.
The next day Jack was getting more sick. He was not eating and he couldn't fly.
My dad's friend 'Benny the Geez' came over and had a look at Jack. He knows a lot
about birds because his parents breed exotic birds. Benny told me that Jack would
not survive another night without food. He told me that baby pigeons need 'crop
milk' which they eat from their mum's beaks. Benny offered to put Jack to sleep
permanently but I refused.
Dad gave me his phone and computer and told me
to ring the RSPCA. I was able to find the number of
the local branch online and told them all about Jack
and what was wrong with him. Half an hour later
an officer came to my house to pick up Jack and
take him to the vet. The officer was very nice and
I asked him if they could do all they could to keep
I like to think that Jack is well and healthy and
roosting somewhere under the bridge with all his
pigeon friends waiting to poop on a car!
My friend Tracy once saw a baby pigeon
injured on her way to work in the rush
hour. Tracey wanted to save it but she
though 'it will probably be there when I
get back from work'. How could she
have predicted the baby pigeons terrible
When Tracy got back from work she looked for
the little baby pigeon everywhere and when she
did find it the pigeon had met it's terrible fate -
and had been run over.
From then on Tracy vowed that if she
ever saw a pigeon or any other animal
injured or in grave danger she would
save it no matter what the situation
was before it was to late.
Tracy wants to set up a campaign to help protect the
pigeons and baby pigeons who nest under Earlsfield station's
railway bridge. Tracey wants the Council to improve the
netting under the bridge so the baby pigeons will get caught
if they fall out of the nests instead of falling into the road -
read about her campaign in the next edition!!!
A dog's sense of
smell is 1000
A snail can sleep for 3 years!!
A polar bear can swim up to
55KM each day!
half sleep -
they need the
other half of
their brain to
be awake so
they can breath!
An ant can
survive for 2
(Don't try this at home.)
It takes over 300 gallons of
water to grow 1 pound of rice
Seals have 2 coats
`Owls are the only birds
that can see the colour
Octopi have 3 hearts!
Eggplants are actually fruits
and are classified as berrys!
A blue whale's
more than an
Turtles can breath
through their bums!
A mother bat can track her
children using their scents and
sounds from the other million bats
in the colony!
Pigs are farm animals mostly. We eat pigs - ham
sausages and pork are all made from pigs. There are all
sorts of colours of pigs, pink and black. They are
mostly pink. There are some pigs next to our house in
France and we save peelings of potato, carrots, banana
skins and bits of melon. Here is a picture of the pigs
that liveon the farm next to us.
Pigs can get very muddy and horrible. They are very
greedy eaters and they make very loud noises while
they're eating. They don’t really like the sun because
they don’t like getting hot. When they have baby pigs
they are called piglets and the pig who has had them
becomes a mother. Baby pigs are just like us but they
are smaller and greedier and need more milk. Pigs are
quite smelly but you can live with it.
THEY LOVE FOOD! - Kiera Yr4
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Coco is a grey squirrel who lives in Hyde Park and I met him one
Sunday by the serpentine lake. He loves brioches, especially
chocolate ones so I called him Coco. As you can see there are
friendly wild animals everywhere even in Central London!
When a squirrel climbs up your leg it's a bit alarming at first
but it tickles from their blunt claws. Well they are kind of
sharp but they didn't hurt through my jeans. Squirrel's are
vegetarians and eat all sorts of things like nuts, seeds, fruit,
mushrooms, bark and more. One of their favourites is dried
corn on the cob hung from a branch. Coco is a bit different as
his favourite food seemed to be pastries!
If you want to meet Coco then wander up and down between
the Princess Diana memorial and the Serpentine but make
sure you take a chocolate brioche with you and look out for a
very cute, cheeky looking fun filled grey squirrel!
Gray squirrels are called "living
fossils" because they haven't
changed much in 37 million years.
Squirrels car run at speeds of up to
20 miles per hour - now that's quick!
Liv and I went on a falconry day in Oxfordshire for my
birthday. There where snowy owls, barn owls, tawny
owls, long eared owls, buzzards and some hawks!
It was awesome. It was a really cold day so we had to
wrap up warmly. First we were shown all the different
birds in their cages and we were told
all about how to look after the raptors.
One of the owls called Squishy kept
trying to get loads of attention by
making a loud screeching sound. It was
funny because Liv and I copied it.
Squishy had broken her wing so we
couldn’t hold her, she was our favorite!
There was also a barn owl called Flannel
who walked up my arm onto my shoulder
then my head and kept pecking it.It
didn’t hurt me though!
Liv and I got to see the fastest birds in
the falconry, fly and hold nearly all the
birds there. It was amazing to see the
raptors flying in the sky but quite
scary when they hurtled towards you
and landed on your arm! I was given a
chickens head on a piece of string and
told to run to see if I was faster than
a falcon - i wasn't!
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