Framlingham care home welcomes slippery and toddling clients

OFF SCALE: Cleo, the royal python, was a hit with locals

Residents of a care home in Framlingham recently had some unusual visitors, some creeping in, some rushing and others slowly making their way into the house.

Among the creatures that visited Care UK’s Mills Meadow were a ball python snake named Cleo, a bearded dragon, a turtle, a giant centipede and a guinea pig from Our Animal World’s educational and therapeutic mobile zoo .

Residents were able to interact with and learn more about their new furry and scaly friends, inspiring them to reminisce about trips to the zoo in their youth and the pets they had throughout their lives.

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Mills Meadow resident Eileen Dennis said: “They were so lovely – we all want them back. My dad was an RSPCA inspector so we always had animals when I was growing up – I even remember that he had built a pond in the back garden to house two seals he cared for.

“My favorite visitor of the day was Maggie, the guinea pig. We had guinea pigs when I was a kid, so I really enjoyed meeting them.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Residents and team members bonded with their scaly visitors

House Manager Rebecca Calver said: “Here at Mills Meadow, we are always planning new activities and experiences to keep residents entertained and smiling. Pets are a great way to improve relaxation and well-being in older adults, helping to reduce stress and increase social interaction.

“Residents loved holding the animals and learning more about these interesting creatures – it inspired everyone to share their own childhood stories and memories of animals they encountered. We would like to say a big thank you to Our Animal World for such a beautiful day and we can’t wait to plan our next encounter with more exotic animals.”

BRINGS JOY: The guinea pig was especially popular with the residents, many of whom had them as pets as children.

Submitted by Hayley Abbott

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