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Reptiles for Residents-“Creepy Crawlies” Pay a Visit

Ashcombe House care home in Basingstoke, welcomed a host of creepy crawlies to the home with Ranger Jess from Zoolab

Residents at Ashcombe were pleasantly surprised to see Giant African land snail Mr Slimy, Chilean Rose Tarantula Ginny, and Leopard Gecko named Lemonade to name just a few. Zoolab specialises in bringing reptiles and small animals into a safe environment, while its trained staff educate about the different species with plenty of interesting facts.

Deputy Manager Bianca Garcia said:
“Our residents have really enjoyed their unusual visitor’s today. There’s nothing more unusual for the residents than snakes and spiders, they surprised me with how brave they all are!”

Resident Lilian White who was one of the bravest residents handling every creepy crawly. Lilian said “There’s nothing to be scared of, they won’t hurt you.” Lilian’s favourite creature was the stick insects so aptly named Branch and Leafy. We are always looking for new activities for the residents and today we have seen the seen the enjoyment and the therapeutic influence animals can have on people.





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