Families enjoy some animal magic at the museum Monday 5 November 2012 General Junior School News Sixth Form The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) and Leeds City Museum teamed up at half-term to put on a really wild show for schoolchildren with a ‘We Love Animals Day’. At the event, sponsored by GSAL, visitors to the museum enjoyed animal-themed arts and crafts, face painting and close encounters with creatures great and small. The museum’s arena was a hive of creative activity where GSAL student volunteers Alex Fearn, Matthew Li and Trina Seal, all in the Lower Sixth, got creative at the craft table helping youngsters design badges and animal masks. Also lending a paw and walking around the galleries were the museum’s monkey and tiger mascots. The natural history gallery Life on Earth came alive thanks to educational experiences company Lion Learners, whose staff had brought along real live animals including a tarantula, a bearded dragon and a fluffy bunny rabbit. Seven year old Ellie Wood volunteered to pose for a photo with Ariel the tarantula, who sat on her outstretched palms. Although a little nervous at first, Ellie said: “I’m usually alright with spiders. He was really, really soft and I was surprised.” Rob Westmoreland of Lion Learners said: “Children enjoy the chance to interact with animals that they wouldn’t normally come across, and the experience helps them learn to understand and respect these creatures. It’s great to see we’re inspiring the next generation at an event like this.” Rob is pictured with four year old Harry and William the bearded dragon.