Kids Punch Stuffed Animal Wildlife Display

Kids Punch Stuffed Animal Wildlife Display

Staff at a wildlife visitor centre in North Yorkshire have criticised parents who they say "laughed" while children repeatedly punched a preserved taxidermy owl which was part of the educational display.

BBC News reports:

Three children aged about eight attacked the owl at the Guisborough Forest and Walkway on 30 March. Neil Thirkell from the centre said instead of intervening, the adults they were with watched and laughed.

The stuffed animal, valued at £300, was killed by a car and replaced a previous bird on display which was stolen from the centre.

The centre's social media page said:

"Some parents thought it funny to let their children repeatedly punch the taxidermy owl on display in the visitor centre. We think it's really sad." The post prompted over 110 comments with many people condemning the children's behaviour and questioning why the adults accompanying them did not intervene."

We're interested in your views on this story. Do you think children seem to get away with bad behaviour which many of us would have been told off for when we were kids?

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