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Welcome to our Critter Camp blog.
Windsor Elementary 4th Grade and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa are partnering to create "Critter Camp". The 4th grade classrooms will be caring for small animals from the ARL that are in need of foster care until they are ready for adoption. This blog will share about our foster critters' progress and their search for their forever home.

Monday, February 24, 2014

And the name is....HOPE

After a bit of quick discussion, we have decided that our new sweet momma bunny should be named Hope. After her crazy start in life, we feel that with her babies and a fresh start, she is full of hope, so it seemed like the perfect name.

Her first day in the room with all the kids went great.  Ms. Johnson and the 23 4th graders met in the hall at the beginning of the day and discussed the very cool and important responsibility we have been given. Caring for this poor momma and her babies was going to be a very big task.  We talked about why we had her, how we can help her, and what we need to do to make her life so much better now.  The students were very excited, but also understood how important it was to be respectful and quiet.  It was probably one of the calmest and quietest days all year!  They did a great job, and Hope was even comfortable enough to come out and check things out a little bit.

After the kids left, she snuggled with her babies, ate a ton more food and then took some time to stretch out and chill for a few minutes.  She seems to be much more at ease and happy.  We are all keeping our fingers crossed that things will go well for Hope and her 6 babies.  She has been a great mommy so far.  She situated her babies all snuggled in the blanket inside her little nest box and then she tucked the fleece fringes over the top to keep them safe and warm.
This mommy can eat!  Hope has been eating a TON of pellets and dark leafy greens.

Welcome to room 107 and our Menagerie!
Furby in her pen, Norbert (the bearded dragon, our permanent class pet) in his tank, and now Hope and her babies in their pen.  Oh and of course the 23 awesome 4th graders.

Hope is feeling a bit more relaxed and at home in her new space.

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