Now, pigs teach tiny tots to behave in British schoolDecember 12th, 2010 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 12 (IANS) Two pigs are now teaching four-year-old pupils at a school in Britain to behave well and a pleased head teacher said: “It sounds bizarre but it’s working brilliantly.”The miniature pigs - Charlie and Lola - are permitted to live in the classroom. They run around between the children’s desks or lie down for to take a nap in their pen at the back of the class.
The pigs follow the tiny tots into the playground at break-time, before returning when the bell sounds.
“It sounds bizarre but it’s working brilliantly,” Daily Express quoted head teacher Lynne Coxell as saying.
“The pigs have settled in beautifully and having them around has made the children calmer, quieter and generally nicer towards each other.”
St Edward’s primary school in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has pygmy goats, hens, cockerels, rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.
The house-trained pigs, which came to the school last month, have had only one ‘accident’ inside school.
“They are very clean animals but one of the pigs did get a little overexcited.”
“Normally they go outside when they need the toilet but one didn’t quite make it. They are very clever too, they know how to follow a teacher right around the school. It’s very funny to watch. They have quickly got used to all the noise the children make,” said Coxell.
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