Fourth Graders Explore Owl Pellets

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Fourth graders have been learning about the prey of owls by dissecting owl pellets in Science class. Owl pellets are the regurgitated remains of an owl's meal, including all the bones of the animals it ate (usually small rodents). Owls usually swallow their food whole, digest the edible parts, and then expel the indigestible parts through their mouth as a pellet. "It might sound gross, but dissecting these is a project our fourth graders love!" said Mr. Knight. After students collected all the bones, they try to reconstruct the skeletons of the animals and use an identification key to classify the bones.