ST PETER —
In Lilienthal’s animal science class, the students were preparing for another milestone: day 20 of egg incubation. Cracks already had formed at the top of one egg, meaning baby chicks would soon be joining the blooming bird population of Lilienthal’s classroom, disrupted often by chirping from the cages lining the room.
“Today is actually the birthday party,” Lilienthal said, although unfortunately not during the morning session. “We’re not going to celebrate until they’re totally out of the shell.”
Before St. Clair junior Eva Hoisington left the class for the day, she fed her two Japanese quails, which had produced eggs — one of which was affectionately named Poachy.
The academy’s appeal for Hoisington was pretty simple, she said.
“(My family) has always had dogs. I’ve been riding horses since I was little,” she said. “Animals are just kind of my thing.”