A Sanctuary Care home in Wantage has taken a walk on the wild side when a collection of reptile guests dropped by for a visit.
Along with friends, family and staff, residents at Wantage Nursing Home in Garston Lane, welcomed visitors of the leaping, eight-legged and scaled variety, when creatures from ZooLab came through their doors for an animal-handling show.
Snakes, tree frogs and more
The main highlight for all attending animal enthusiasts was the close encounter of the exotic creatures. Residents got up close and personal with tree frogs, tarantulas, snakes and many more fascinating creatures and critters.
A trained ranger was also on hand throughout the interactive session to answer any of the audience’s questions while passing around the wild visitors for residents to hold and stroke.
Daphne Hallett, 85-year-old resident, said: “I really love animals to come and visit, I really enjoy holding them.”
80-year-old Winsome Devery added: “My favourite animal was Puff the bearded dragon – she was so beautiful.”
Therapeutic animal session
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Lynne Renals-O’Kane concluded: “The thought of holding a snake is slightly nerve-racking but we were all be jumping at the chance to have a closer inspection when they arrived.
“Animal sessions are always popular within the home as our residents find handling animals – even snakes, tarantulas and cockroaches – very therapeutic so made for a lovely afternoon.”
ZooLab deliver imaginative animal-handling workshops to community groups across the UK. The animal-assisted therapy they deliver is proven to promote wellbeing, increase social participation and enhance quality of life for the elderly, including those who live with dementia.