A big snake, bird of prey and a huge hairy spider were among some unusual guests to visit Royal Star & Garter in Solihull.
During the Animals in Hands visit, residents were given the chance to hold and stroke a variety of creatures, including a golden-knee tarantula, a barn owl, a royal python, a panther chameleon, a rabbit, a tortoise, and a black velvet chinchilla.
The event was organised by the Home’s dedicated Wellbeing Team which delivers activities, companionship, outings and exercise for residents seven days a week. Wellbeing Coordinator Dawn Briggs said: “I can say with some degree of confidence that our residents are far braver than me and most of the staff here! They loved hearing about the animals and holding them. You could feel the buzz in the room, and afterwards they said how much fun they had.”
Resident Val said: “The animals were beautiful, and to able to hold them and stroke them and learn about them was wonderful. I had so much fun.”
Animals in Hands was set up by former zookeeper Mo Safeer, who is known as the Animal Man. He has brought his mobile zoo to the Solihull Home before, and said: “I very much look forward to my visits to Royal Star & Garter. The Home is fantastic, and I find the residents are always fully engaged and captivated by the animals they get to meet and handle. This animal-assisted therapy session is delivered in a relaxed and informal way which the appreciative residents respond well to. It is always a pleasure to interact with them.”