Fourth graders dissect owl pellets

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By NewsLine Staff
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On Monday, May 16, San Juan del Rio Catholic School’s fourth graders had the unique opportunity to dissect owl pellets in their science class.

Ingested material the owl is unable to digest is left in the owl’s gizzard, such as teeth, skulls, claws and feathers. To safely excrete this material, the gizzard compacts it into a tight pellet that the owl regurgitates.

The fourth graders identified skulls, femurs, ribs and various other small bones in the owl pellets.

Photo courtesy Kate Strickland
Jimmie English and Diego Solis dissecting owl pellets in their fourth grade science class.