A Martinez Lions' den became more of a barnyard on Monday, complete with roosters, ducks and rabbits.
The surprise show-and-tell, discovered by school officials at Augusta Christian Schools early Monday, was apparently left by someone who had entered an open window of a high school English classroom and left two roosters, three rabbits and five ducks.
"It was just so nasty where they had apparently been there long enough to make quite a mess," said Pam Tucker, Columbia County's emergency services director.
Authorities said that they had no leads in the criminal-trespass case but that they believe the intruder secured the window and left by a side door.
Although the case remained unsolved Monday, the owner of Brown Feed and Seed in Evans, Donnie Brown, said he has a hunch about where the animals might have come from.
"We've got a bunch of them, kids in these schools, they play tricks," Mr. Brown said. He said that he was missing several animals from his property and cages outside his Washington Road store, which is less than three miles from the school - whose sports teams are known as the Lions.
Linda Fulmer, the manager of Columbia County Animal Care and Control, said the animals were taken to her Appling facility, where they will be held for five days awaiting adoption if their ownership is undetermined.
"We're going to find them homes," Mrs. Fulmer said.
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