Residents at James Terry Court, in South Croydon, have recently enjoyed a friendly visit from Charlie and Pringle, two Humboldt penguins that soon became very popular in the care home. The residents were delighted to meet the affectionate animals, who were happy to be petted and stroked.
Taking part in this activity, 98 year old resident Ivy Manning said:
They are so nice and well behaved when they sit on our laps.
Derek Thomas, Activities Coordinator at James Terry Court, said:
The penguins brought bliss to our residents, which is fantastic for their mental health and wellbeing. They are amazing creatures, and we are all enjoying learning more about them together. Everyone who met the animals, both residents and staff, fell in love with them.
The Home welcomes animals for therapeutic purposes, as they not only bring joy and a sense of calm to the residents, but also benefit their mental health and wellbeing by boosting their activity levels, reducing stress and combating loneliness.
The visit was organised by The Association of Friends of James Terry Court in collaboration with Heythrop Zoological Gardens, a private zoo and animal training centre based in Heythrop, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
[Summary: Residents at James Terry Court, in South Croydon, have recently enjoyed a friendly visit from Charlie and Pringle, two Humboldt penguins from Heythrop Zoological Gardens.]