Students at Foxes Piece School in Marlow were delighted after visiting some of their favorite farm animals.

To celebrate World Animal Day, Ark Farm brought some of their backyard animals to the school playground.

The children were able to get up close and personal with animals, including sheep, goats and donkeys, and find out how they are cared for.

The school taught its students about World Animal Day, an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated on October 4.

Mrs. Jane Byron, school principal, thinks that the farm visit was a “great opportunity” for her students to take an interest in the meaning of the day.

She said: “The visit sparked a lot of discussion and language about animals, the kids were curious to know more about them, like what they eat and what wool actually looks like in a sheep!

“It was a great opportunity for the children to be outside and appreciate the return of visitors to our school, which is also good for their well-being. ”

Dating from 1925, World Animal Day is celebrated every year on the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

The movement has been supported and endorsed by a number of celebrities, such as Anneka Svenska, Brian Blessed and Melanie C of the Spice Girls.

According to the World Animal Day website (, the goal of the day is “to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the world.”

And to achieve this goal, WAD (World Animal Day) encourages animal welfare organizations, community groups, youth and children’s clubs, businesses and individuals to organize events to celebrate the cause.

A passage from their website reads: “Participation in World Animal Day will continue to grow until it reaches and connects animal advocates in all corners of the world.

“It is something that anyone can join, whether they are part of an organization, a group or an individual.”

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