Video: Watch teenager Jordan Hayton with his performing owl at a Broadland High School talent contest

Jordan Hayton, 13, and Ginger Noodle, his owl that does tricks.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Jordan Hayton, 13, and Ginger Noodle, his owl that does tricks. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Thursday, March 20, 2014
9:47 AM

An annual school talent competition is to welcome an unusual act this evening – a performing owl.

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Jordan Hayton, 13, and Ginger Noodle, his owl that does tricks.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYJordan Hayton, 13, and Ginger Noodle, his owl that does tricks. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Ginger Noodle, a white-faced Scops Owl, will take to the stage with his owner, 13-year-old Jordan Hayton, in Broadland High School’s talent show.

And year eight pupil Jordan said he had a good chance of winning. He said: “My owl is a bit special because if he does it right he can lift a couple of weights and make everybody laugh – hopefully he won’t play up.”

Jordan has had Ginger Noodle for almost a year. He bought the £250 owl as a tiny chick.

He said: “I met him when he was a few days old and went back to collect him as a little fur ball.”

And the Italian breed of owl is not the only animal in the Hayton household.

Younger brother Christopher, nine, has a barn owl and filling up the family home is one hawk, two dogs, one cat, three newts, a salamander, frogs, chickens, snakes, lizards and cockroaches.

Head of drama Laurence Clary said it was the first time an animal had been in the show since it started in 2003.

She said: “My initial thought was health and safety. We had to get Jordan to make sure the owl would not get off its lead.

“We will have a job beating this next year!”

Tonight’s show will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2.50 for children.

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