dissecting an owl pellet {homeschool science}

I am so thankful that when it comes to homeschool science, Husband is more than willing to step up and handle all the gross stuff.  (Like the infamous chicken mummy!) He thinks it is cool.  What a guy.

This past week we studied owls.  Who knew those adorable little birds were so interesting?  I took care of the books and cute owl craft portion of the lesson; husband handled the owl pellet.  And I have to say, even though I was far too grossed out to touch it, the whole experience was pretty neat.

Princess was absolutely fascinated.   It totally appealed to her meticulous personality, and since Husband has been teaching her all the bones in the body for the past couple of months, she loved picking out all the different types of animal bones in the pellet.  Trouble was interested for a while, but eventually got bored–it took a couple hours to make it through the whole pellet–and wandered off to play Legos instead.

For those of you wondering what an owl pellet actually is, it is a bundle of undigestible animal parts (mostly bones and feathers) that an owl regurgitates after eating a whole animal.  Owls don’t have teeth to chew, so they simply swallow their prey whole, then get rid of the parts they can’t digest.  Our pellet had FOUR separate animals in it!  So gross, but pretty cool too!  (You can buy a kit of your own here for around $6.  Totally worth every penny!)

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Have you ever dissected an owl pellet?

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