There was animal mania in Hatfield when Sanctuary Care residents received a visit from a rather unusual collection of animals.
The array of animals, including critters and creepy crawlies, were the star attraction when they visited residents at Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Tamblin Way this week.
Walking on the wild side
Residents walked on the wild side during an animal-handling show, which saw them welcome visitors of the leaping, eight-legged and scaled variety.
Getting up close and personal, residents and the team held and stroked cockroaches, tarantulas, millipedes and many more fascinating creatures and critters from ZooLab – the UK’s number one provider of live animal handling workshops.
A trained ranger from the group was also on hand throughout the interactive session to answer any of the residents’ bug-related questions and share interesting facts.
“Faces lit up as soon as the critters arrived”
Resident Patricia Goode, who is 86 years old, said: “I really enjoyed meeting the creepy crawlies, especially handling them!”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities assistant Sophie Dowsett added: “Animal sessions are always popular within the home as our residents find handling animals – even snakes, tarantulas and cockroaches – very enjoyable! Their faces lit up as soon as the critters arrived and they couldn’t wait to hold and learn some interesting facts, it all made for a lovely afternoon!”
ZooLab delivers 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 the quality of life for the elderly, including those who live with dementia.