Getting their teeth into our own tiger!

Edinburgh Zoo Wildlife Bus Visit
Edinburgh Zoo Wildlife Bus Visit

Pupils from Deanburn Primary School in Bo’ness got a close up look at Scotland’s fiercest wild animal.

But they were in no danger since the Highland tiger – a Scottish wildcat – was totally harmless as he was of the stuffed variety!

The wildcat was just one of several native species at the core of a wildlife roadshow which visited the school on Friday last week.

A double-decker bus has been refitted and repainted as a fully-functional classroom.

It is a joint venture by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank and is visiting schools around the country.

Friday’s visit was aimed at Primary 4 pupils and explained the links between science and nature.

The education team comprised Jamie Ormiston, Lindsay Selmes and PhD student Hannah Taylor from Edinburgh University.

Teacher Laura Beattie said: “The pupils absolutely loved the ‘Wild About Scotland’ bus visting the school.

“It’s a great initiative and a fun way for the children to learn about nature without being bound to the classroom.”

Chris West, chief executive of the RZSS said: “Conservation through education is one of the founding principles behind the Society and remains one of our key goals to this day.”