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Post by Eleanor Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:41 pm

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Has anybody ever had these? happy We used to, years ago!
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Post by LyndaW Sat May 24, 2014 8:56 pm

For toddlers, I also think goldfish would be a good idea - a gradual introduction to other life forms that need a certain amount of care but are not too overwhelmingly demanding.
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Post by Wendy Sat May 24, 2014 9:03 pm

Thank you both for your views, I think that also.
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Post by Caryll Sun May 25, 2014 12:18 am

Wendy wrote: We do have a Japanese interactive pony though and the children take turns in grooming and feeding it (it 'eats' carrots then neighs and shakes it's head when it has had too many.)

I've never heard of that before!

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Post by Hayley Sun May 25, 2014 12:44 am

I have a video of mine lol I might try and upload it at home.
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Post by Eleanor Sun May 25, 2014 12:49 am

Go for it! happy
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Post by Caroline Sun May 25, 2014 11:07 am

We had some once when Karla was little, they are cute wee things happy I think she was a bit disappointed they were nothing at all like monkeys  laughing but she did love watching them grow.
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Post by Eleanor Sun May 25, 2014 11:42 am

laughing I was surprised when I was little! I thought they would be little brown monkeys, swimming around!
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Post by Caroline Sun May 25, 2014 1:40 pm

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Post by LyndaW Sun May 25, 2014 7:50 pm

Eleanor wrote:laughing I was surprised when I was little! I thought they would be little brown monkeys, swimming around!

That was the fault of the advertising, which I remember. They don't live in the sea and are not monkeys. But the drawing that accompanied the advert showed thingies (can't remember how they depicted the bodies) swimming around with big happy smiling human faces!

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Post by Eleanor Sun May 25, 2014 10:37 pm

A disappointment to a lot of kids! laughing

Still loved them though happy
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Post by LyndaW Sun May 25, 2014 10:52 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed them Eleanor!
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Post by Eleanor Mon May 26, 2014 12:21 am

They were our first family pets, other than dogs! happy
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Post by Amber Mon May 26, 2014 7:12 pm

We have a fantail goldfish in our nursery, and the kiddies love him! We were also given 2 rabbits by one of the parents, and I think they get used to seeing children around, and don't seem bothered by them at all.
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Post by LyndaW Mon May 26, 2014 7:49 pm

I believe it is very good for children to be introduced to other living creatures at a young age, for all sorts of reasons. My only reservation (which you may have seen elsewhere) with rabbits is that not all of them care to be picked up and cuddled, and can use their hind feet as dangerous weapons!
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Post by Caryll Mon May 26, 2014 8:19 pm

I do think it's good for children to learn how to respect animals, though. I suppose the problem for schools will always be who's going to look after them in the holidays.

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Post by LyndaW Mon May 26, 2014 8:39 pm

That is a problem certainly Caryll. Parents are subjected to pressure though, and I once caved in and took charge of the school hamster, who turned out to have a massive tumour on its neck. I was terrified that it would expire whilst in my care and it was with great relief that after the school holiday I could hand it back, still alive.
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Post by Eleanor Mon May 26, 2014 8:46 pm

They usually arrange for it to go home with a teacher or reliable student during holidays.
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Post by Caryll Mon May 26, 2014 9:30 pm

I seem to remember my primary school having a rabbit & I was always pestering my parents to bring it home for the school holidays!

I never did, though. sad 

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Post by Shisa Tue May 27, 2014 10:54 am

They're not very big here in S.A.
I never had them.
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