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.”