A TEN-year-old completed a university course to show his parents he could look after his rescued chickens.

Animal lover Ethan, who attends East Huntspill Primary School, adopted eight chickens in April from sanctuary Pear Tree Farm.

To convince his parents of his passion and diligence in looking after them, he completed a 10-hour course in Chicken Behaviour and Welfare from Edinburgh University.

He also sells their eggs donating money to their upkeep to Pear Tree Farm and to help rescue more animals.

Ethan said: “I’m really passionate about animals and I just wanted to give them a better life, really.

“They’ve had a miserable life, with not much room. They’ve just sat there, laying eggs.”

School principal Steve Davis said: “Ethan has been very excited about what he has done for the chickens. We are very proud of him and his love and care for animals.”

East Huntspill Primary School became part of The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) earlier this year along with its sister school, West Huntspill Primary School.