You think school pets are cute and harmless? Think again.
One of the primary schools I taught at in Japan had a cage with two small, colourful birds in it, as pets.
One morning, as I arrived at the classroom, ready to teach a fun phonics lesson, all the children were noisily huddled around the birdcage.
I wandered over to take a look. What was the cause of such excitement?
One bird was sitting happily on its perch, as normal.
The other bird was lifeless on the floor of the cage. It didn’t have a head.
There could be only one conclusion: the other bird had pecked it to death and eaten the head.
Even now, I cannot tell this story without tears streaming down my face.
Tears of laughter, that is.