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The owl and the photocopier

IT'S pets' day in an Ayrshire primary and teachers forget the old canon about working with animals. Bad enough, they already work with children.

Among the cats and dogs is an impressive eagle owl, perched out of the way, for safety reasons, above the school's high-tech equipment. Obviously nervous in unfamiliar surroundings, it releases - big style, we are reliably informed - into the heart of the photocopier.

Staff were obliged to phone technicians, who had heard tales of bums and photocopiers at office parties but not of an eagle owl letting fly. One lax(ative) moment cost the school pound;1,500 in repairs.

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