Real Owl Puke
Dissect and explore puke pellets regurgitated from real barn owls!
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That's right, real Owl Puke pellets, regurgitated from real owls! What was once an owl's feast is now your world of discovery!
An owl eats... Digests and Pukes! Pretty basic stuff in the life an Owl since they need to get rid of all the excess hair and bones that won't go through their system, but a great way for you to explore and learn.
This kit contains two heat sterilized puke pellets from the barn owl, Tyto alba. These owls feed early in the morning, and then regurgitate a single pellet 18-20 hours after feeding.
Use the included magnifying glass, wood dissection prob and work mat to dissect and explore your pellets. Then reconstruct real skeletons from mice, shrews, mole and other small animals with the help of the bone sorting chart.
It really is one of nature's most fascinating phenomenas, and it is also scientifically gross - which makes it all the more fun!
Age: 8 +
What You Get
Owl Puke: Scientifically Gross by Tedco. Kit contains two heat sterilized puke pellets, magnifying glass, wood dissection probe and work mat with bone sorting chart.
How Does It Work?
Owl pellets are masses of bones, teeth, hair, feathers, scales and insect skeletons. They are produced and regurgitated, not only by owls, but also by hawks, eagles, and other raptors which swallow their prey whole or in large pieces.
The soft parts of the prey are dissolved by proteolytic enzymes and strong acids in the stomachs of raptors. The undigested fur, bones, feathers, etc. are formed into wet slimy pellets by the predators' weak stomach muscles. In this process, even the most fragile bones are usually preserved unbroken.
Because the pyloric opening of the stomach into the intestines narrow, only finely divided materials pass into the intestine. As a result, tiny bones occasionally pass through the digestive system. Each whole pellet usually contains virtually complete skeletons of the animals which the owl ate the night before the pellet was formed.
- Eating habits and digestion of bird of prey
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.
|Age Group||7-8 Years, 9-10 Years, 11-12 Years, 12+ Years|