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The Gruffalo creature cabin is fantastic for holding onto and being able to study your woodland creatures. Catch a criter in your Gruffalo catcher and store it in the creature cabin by placing it through the little see through trap door at the end of the creature cabin. The creature cabin will encourage children to play for hours outside and expand their minds as they start to discover all sorts of woodland creatures.

Age: 3 years+ Consists of Two end pieces of wood attached to a base to keep the creature cabin sturdy. The top and sides are a plastic black mesh to keep the criters inside, safe and unharmed. There is a handle on the top of the Cabin for easy of carrying and a trap door at the one end to place your criters through into the cabin. There are images on the wooden sides of the creature cabin of gruffalo and his friend. Images are painted on to the wood.
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2 Likes #1
To me, assuming this is for live animals, this is wrong in so many different ways.

Firstly, no child should be encouraged to trap any live animal so they can see what it does.

Secondly to suggest that a child of 3+ is a good target for such a "gift" is irresponsible to say the least.

Any unqualified person who buys this for its seeming purpose should be put into an equivalent unit, under the supervision of a suitably unqualified person, so they can be studied and to heck with proper maintenance and proper feeding of said critter. Let them suffer, just as the wild and woodland critters are almost inevitably going to do.

I'm appalled that such a thing is even on sale to the general public and will also write to Debenhams to tell them so.

Edited By: cibarious on Jul 17, 2014 21:37
4 Likes #2
Put the bugs in the cage. Let the kids enjoy the bugs. Let the bugs enjoy the kids. Ants & wood louse don't need an insect superhero to come save them sad sack.
1 Like #3
deanolufc
Put the bugs in the cage. Let the kids enjoy the bugs. Let the bugs enjoy the kids. Ants & wood louse don't need an insect superhero to come save them sad sack.


Pmsl well said
5 Likes #4
cibarious
To me, assuming this is for live animals, this is wrong in so many different ways.

Firstly, no child should be encouraged to trap any live animal so they can see what it does.

Secondly to suggest that a child of 3+ is a good target for such a "gift" is irresponsible to say the least.

Any unqualified person who buys this for its seeming purpose should be put into an equivalent unit, under the supervision of a suitably unqualified person, so they can be studied and to heck with proper maintenance and proper feeding of said critter. Let them suffer, just as the wild and woodland critters are almost inevitably going to do.

I'm appalled that such a thing is even on sale to the general public and will also write to Debenhams to tell them so.

This isn't an animal habitat....its for temporary observation of an animal in a controlled and safe environment. Nobody is suggesting an animal is permanently detained or harmed. Obviously adult supervision would be required. Its listed as 3+ due to the design and materials if it was used as a toy, and not suggestive at all of a toddler trapping animals for some sort of torture experimentation.

If you can't see that this is designed to nurture a child's natural curiousity, and thirst for knowledge, then I feel a bit sorry for you.

Edited By: LiverpoolsNo9 on Jul 18, 2014 00:02
2 Likes #5
deanolufc
Put the bugs in the cage. Let the kids enjoy the bugs. Let the bugs enjoy the kids. Ants & wood louse don't need an insect superhero to come save them sad sack.

ROFLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

My son aged 4 tries to squash everything, i have to keep telling him off.
#6
cibarious
To me, assuming this is for live animals, this is wrong in so many different ways.

Firstly, no child should be encouraged to trap any live animal so they can see what it does.

Secondly to suggest that a child of 3+ is a good target for such a "gift" is irresponsible to say the least.

Any unqualified person who buys this for its seeming purpose should be put into an equivalent unit, under the supervision of a suitably unqualified person, so they can be studied and to heck with proper maintenance and proper feeding of said critter. Let them suffer, just as the wild and woodland critters are almost inevitably going to do.

I'm appalled that such a thing is even on sale to the general public and will also write to Debenhams to tell them so.

Let me know if you need another signature for that letter...
1 Like #7
cibarious
To me, assuming this is for live animals, this is wrong in so many different ways.

Firstly, no child should be encouraged to trap any live animal so they can see what it does.

Secondly to suggest that a child of 3+ is a good target for such a "gift" is irresponsible to say the least.

Any unqualified person who buys this for its seeming purpose should be put into an equivalent unit, under the supervision of a suitably unqualified person, so they can be studied and to heck with proper maintenance and proper feeding of said critter. Let them suffer, just as the wild and woodland critters are almost inevitably going to do.

I'm appalled that such a thing is even on sale to the general public and will also write to Debenhams to tell them so.

I think this is for that "curious" phase when they trap an insect and ask to keep it as a pet or something. Here is the amazon description:

"Little children love watching creepy-crawlies - almost as much as they do the Gruffalo! Use the superb wooden Gruffalo Catcher (17218 sold separately) to net ladybirds, caterpillars and other fascinating creepy-crawlies and then place them into the mesh-covered Creature Cabin. Add leaves, earth and flowers through the swinging door, watch as they go about their daily business and then release them into the garden."

Also the product dimensions are 21 x 15.6 x 14.2 cm (8.3 x 6.2 x 5.7 inch) so this is too small to fit much else in other than an insects and I'd be suprised if a young child could catch much else but I'd also expect this all to be done under supervision.

You are right though, this is an odd product to be selling. Better to observe things in their natural environment and more importantly to teach respect for all life.

Edited By: yrreb88 on Jul 18, 2014 00:39
#8
There are thought to be around 20,000 insect species in the UK, and they vastly outnumber us. There are around 50 that 'may' be considered endangered. The chances of you finding one to temporarily study in this pod are rare. So as long as you are catching and releasing in a timely, and careful manner, you are extremely unlikely to do any lasting damage to a single animal, let alone a species.
1 Like #9
Can it fit an Adder in it? My 5 year old would like to keep one.

*rolls eyes*. It's a bug jar not a rat trap.
2 Likes #10
cibarious
To me, assuming this is for live animals, this is wrong in so many different ways.

Firstly, no child should be encouraged to trap any live animal so they can see what it does.

Secondly to suggest that a child of 3+ is a good target for such a "gift" is irresponsible to say the least.

Any unqualified person who buys this for its seeming purpose should be put into an equivalent unit, under the supervision of a suitably unqualified person, so they can be studied and to heck with proper maintenance and proper feeding of said critter. Let them suffer, just as the wild and woodland critters are almost inevitably going to do.

I'm appalled that such a thing is even on sale to the general public and will also write to Debenhams to tell them so.

wow, just wow.

I bet you are fun
#11
£20 to £5.40!
As a deal it is hot!!
1 Like #12
lol.. amazing to see so much confusion over such a primitive looking 'contraption'. Clearly some people thought this was for caging an animal (like say a rabbit), when actually it just a bug jar, and that too more bug friendly than using the jar as there's no risk of the little creatures accidentally being trapped in an airtight environment.
2 Likes #13
Don't put any plants in it either innit.

Cruelty to plants MUST stop.
1 Like #14
Or somehow managed to skip past their childhood years and straight into 'qualified person' / adult
ctuk
cibarious
To me, assuming this is for live animals, this is wrong in so many different ways.

Firstly, no child should be encouraged to trap any live animal so they can see what it does.

Secondly to suggest that a child of 3+ is a good target for such a "gift" is irresponsible to say the least.

Any unqualified person who buys this for its seeming purpose should be put into an equivalent unit, under the supervision of a suitably unqualified person, so they can be studied and to heck with proper maintenance and proper feeding of said critter. Let them suffer, just as the wild and woodland critters are almost inevitably going to do.

I'm appalled that such a thing is even on sale to the general public and will also write to Debenhams to tell them so.

wow, just wow.

I bet you are fun
2 Likes #15
cibarious
Firstly, no child should be encouraged to trap any live animal so they can see what it does.

Try telling that to the makers of Pokemon, one of the most successful children's franchises of all time, about catching wild bugs and creatures and learning their special skills in order to make them successfully battle.
You can't stop kids catching bugs or little creatures.
In Japan, entire families go out searching for giant beetles to take home as proper pets, or keep as class mascots.

(This cabin looks infinitely more comfortable than a Pokeball!)
#16
Thanks ordered this earlier. but only just had time to give you some heat! Many thanks OP <3

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