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Alpacas Gloria and Gaynor Visit Care Home Residents

The metre-tall, 70kg animals were visiting residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, 

in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

They immediately made themselves at home, settling in the lounge and sitting down – a sign they feel safe and unthreatened, according to keepers.

The pair were brought to the home from Alpaca Alpaca, a family run farm in the Leven Valley, near Yarm.

Gloria and Gaynor made immediate friends with the residents, with many stroking their fleeces and one resident, Walter Frost, even offering a kiss.

Sharon Lewis, activities coordinator at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, on Randolph Street, said: “Walter said he didn’t expect them to be quite so big and their fleece to be surprisingly soft. The residents are really fond of animals. We already have five chickens, which they have raised since the birds hatched a couple of months ago, and a budgie called Sparky. The residents find it very soothing to have animals in the home.”

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