WHEN VIEWING ON A MOBILE DEVICE -- DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM
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Animals have a variety of unusual smells, too. Scent is another source of
unusual, interesting information that children receive from animals. Horses,
pet birds, small mammals, and even cats and dogs all have something of a
scent signature that may be unique to that species or that animal. One young
girl I know frequently buried her nose in her beloved cat’s fur, reporting,
“She smells like herself . . . aaah.”
Children also appreciate the variety of sounds
that animals produce. Family pets bark, meow,
purr, hiss, growl, and whine. Farm animals cluck,
snuffle, moo, snort, stomp, whinny, baa, and bray.
Wild birds produce a delightful musical spectrum.
“Pocket pets” make soft noises, and pet birds squawk,
screech, chatter, and whistle. And when animals in
zoos make noises that children can hear, their ex-
citement is palpable—the animal is suddenly that
much more real.
Furred, feathered, or scaled animals offer a tex-
ture unlike most other things in the classroom. They
make unique noises and have unique odors. The