Barn owl Tythe shines at Cumbrian museum
Article Date: 2010-10-28 Source: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
By Jenny Barwise
Whitehaven, Cumbria, England, U.K. - A fluffy owl was the star attraction at a family event held in a Whitehaven
Youngsters got the chance to meet Tythe the barn owl at The Beacon as part of
the museum's Meet The Owl attraction.
The event has been running for three days at the harbourside museum thanks to
funding from Renaissance North West.
Youngsters and their parents also dissected owl pellets which included mice
skeletons and, after this gruesome task, they met one of the birds from the
World Owl Centre at Muncaster Castle.
Leading the owl classes was Rebecca Kiggins, who overcame her deafness and
landed her dream job as a conservation assistant at Muncaster.
As part of 25-year-old Rebecca's job, she delivers presentations to youngsters
explaining about the different species of owls. She does this in sign language,
with the help of an interpreter.
Organisers of yesterday's event said that the museum's phones haven't stopped
ringing from people trying to book a place at one of the sessions.
''We thought it would be popular, but the phone has never stopped,'' said Claire
''The event has been a huge success and I think the adults have enjoyed it just
as much as the kids.''
After meeting the owls, youngsters took part in a kite-making session in the
Laura Storey and her husband Dylan from St Bees took their two sons Charlie,
two, and one-year-old Alfie to the event.
''It was a great event and my sons loved meeting the owl. They really enjoyed
the day and we are going to fly the kite we made on the beach,'' said Mrs
Laura Tonks, the Beacon's learning assistant said: ''Everybody just seemed so
happy and they all came out of the event full of ideas.''
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