The zoo comes to Busy Bees

William meets a toad
William meets a toad

‘FLUFFY’, ‘cuddly’, ‘slimy’ and ‘wriggly’ are just some of the words used to describe the menagerie of animals that kept Busy Bees youngsters intrigued during a recent visit to their nursery.

Excited children at the Milton Keynes Hospital branch of the nursery welcomed their important visitors with gusto.

The animal-loving Busy Bees asked the visiting handlers lots of questions about the animals in their care.

The questions included where the animals live, what they like to eat and even how many legs they have.

The snake (with a grand total of zero legs) proved to be a particular hit as the tots watched it slithering across the classroom floor.

The tots were so interested in the snake that they wanted to snaffle it and take it away to another corner to play.

Fortunately the snake was successfully rounded up and left the nursery with the rest of the zoo.

William, aged 4, had everyone smiling when – upon meeting and greeting a toad – he asked: “Is this what goes into a toad in the hole dinner?”

Nursery manager Alana White described how good the visit was.

She said: “It was great for the children to get up close and personal with the animals and creatures they wouldn’t normally get to see, especially in their nursery.

“The children had great discussions about their favourite animals and where they come from, bringing the natural world to life.”