Delight as Duchess Visits College Animal Centre

A tiny hamster called Camilla had a special Royal visitor when the Duchess of Cornwall met her namesake during a visit to West Suffolk College’s Animal Welfare Centre in Newmarket.

The students had cleaned, combed, brushed and washed animals and hutches in readiness for the Royal visit to the centre, which is attached to Newmarket Academy.

There was a buzz of excitement as the Duchess stepped smiling through the door and was first shown Hamish the Hedgehog who was rescued last year when he was found at just a few weeks old inside the school’s music room.

Now a healthy weight, and soon to be released, Hamish was admired by the Duchess who asked a number of questions about him.

Then it was on to Franklin the chameleon where students talked knowledgeably about him and his care. Finally, the Duchess of Cornwall was shown her namesake and held the six week old Russian Dwarf hamster and chatted about her before leaving the centre.

Sam Smith, Animal Management Subject Leader said: “It was an absolute privilege to meet HRH Duchess of Cornwall and to have the opportunity to showcase our animal centre and amazing students. I am so proud of the animal care students for their level of confidence shown when being questioned by the Duchess and for sharing their extensive knowledge in animal health and welfare; true ambassadors for West Suffolk College.”

Thursday 23 March 2017
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