A woman called Carole came in on the 27th of November to talk to the class about Irish mammals. She brought a stuffed mink, an otter, a fox, a squirrel, a badger, a hare and a stoat. She explained that these mammals were not harmed, they were road kill. They were then brought to a taxidermist.
She told us about their homes and what they ate. She told us lots of interesting facts. She told us that badgers don’t actually attack humans and that when minks go into the hen pens the hens start fluttering around and the mink kills them all. They don’t even eat them, they just kill for sport. They leave the hens dead on the ground.
A hare doesn’t live in a borrow. It lives in a form which is a hole in the side of a hill. A squirrel lives in a hole in a tree and they feed on acorns. They don’t actually hibernate because they wake up during the winter to eat. When an otter swims air bubbles form on top of the skin so the otter doesn’t get wet. A holt is in the bank of a river. A fox lives in a den which is a series of tunnels in the ground. A stoat home is called a den and can be created in a number of different locations.
There is only one Mammal that can fly and it is the bat. A bat can eat over three thousand insects in one night. A pygmy shrew is the smallest mammal in Ireland. It weighs about 4.1g and it feeds on insects and will be found in gardens. An adult sizes is about 5.7 cm long and it will only live for 24 days.
By Michael M. and Michael D. 13/12/19