Colin, the Giant African Land Snail which the environmentally-friendly specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, Waste King, saved last year from being consigned to the ‘great green bin in the sky’ by one of its customers, has become both a teaching aid and a great hit with Sophie Dowling’s class at St Cuthbert Mayne School, Hemel Hempstead.
Last September, having read in a local newspaper about Colin’s last minute reprieve, Sophie, who teaches a Year 3 class at St Cuthbert Mayne School, asked Waste King if her school could ‘borrow’ the snail - and Waste King agreed.
So the snail - named ‘Colin’, by the Waste King operatives who had been keeping him in a large glass tank and feeding him a diet of apples, bananas, lettuce and cucumber, with some added cuttlefish to provide some much needed calcium – went to stay at the school, in the care of some 30 seven year olds. He became an instant ‘hit’ with the children.
According to Sophie, one of the class’ science topics is studying habitats – such as the snail’s need for damp soil and a dark place for sleeping. She has also been teaching the children how to look after a creature, demonstrating basic care such as feeding, watering, cleaning out and so on.
Waste King’s managing director, Glenn Currie, said: “Although all of us at Waste King are extremely fond of Colin, we couldn’t deny him the chance to see a bit more of the world and to make some new friends – which he has.
“Besides, it’s great that Colin can help the children develop their understanding of another aspect of looking after this planet: protecting the environment and the creatures that are so valuable in keeping it ‘healthy’.
“Of course, we’re delighted to get some news of Colin, from time to time, so we can see how he’s getting on,” he said.