Animals visit Clevedon nursing home

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 March 2019

Clevedon Court residents meet some animals from Noah's Ark Zoo. Picture: Mike Lang

Clevedon Court residents meet some animals from Noah's Ark Zoo. Picture: Mike Lang

Mike Lang

Nursing home residents got up close and personal with exotic creatures from around the world.

Clevedon Court residents meet some animals from Noah's Ark Zoo. Picture: Mike LangClevedon Court residents meet some animals from Noah's Ark Zoo. Picture: Mike Lang

Animals from Noah’s Ark Zoo, based in Wraxall, delighted people at Clevedon Court Nursing Home.

Residents met a hissing cockroach, a giant African land snail, an African tortoise, royal python and two guinea pigs.

Handlers spoke about the critters as residents either opted to observe, touch or hold them.

Activities co-ordinator Amanda Rowles was ‘amazed’ at the residents’ response and how they engaged with the zoo’s inhabitants.

Clevedon Court residents meet some animals from Noah's Ark Zoo. Picture: Mike LangClevedon Court residents meet some animals from Noah's Ark Zoo. Picture: Mike Lang

She said: “Everyone was really looking forward to it, and the home was buzzing with excitement during and after the visit.”

Amanda believe engaging with the animals helps to improve the residents’ social skills.

She said: “Everyone was chatting, and it brought residents who are usually quiet out of themselves.”

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