Animal encounters delight Winchester care home residents

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Joan Nixon, a resident at Colten Care's Winchester home St Catherines View, strokes Lionel the raccoon. Holding him is handler Tilewa Ojo from The Creature Teachers.
Joan Nixon, a resident at Colten Care’s Winchester home St Catherines View, strokes Lionel the raccoon. Holding him is handler Tilewa Ojo from The Creature Teachers.

When Lionel, Echo, Zeus, Ernie, Fraggle and Gili spent an afternoon at a Winchester dementia care home, they gave residents a close-up look into the animal world.

 

The six visitors, led by their experienced handlers, delighted all at Colten Care’s St Catherines View.

 

Lionel is an 11-month-old raccoon, Gili a three-year-old laughing kookaburra, and Ernie and Fraggle a pair of ferrets. Echo is a four-year-old barn owl while Zeus is a chinchilla.

 

The visit was organised as a relaxing and therapeutic treat for residents. It was supervised throughout by Lisa Kiely and Tilewa Ojo from the animal encounters company The Creature Teachers.

 

They ensured residents enjoyed coming face to face with the unusual characters in their midst.

 

Among those greeting the animals was Joan Nixon who especially spent time with Lionel and Echo.

 

Vanda Baker, Home Manager at St Catherines View, said: “It was lovely to watch our residents see this amazing wildlife close up. The opportunity to look at and stroke these animals brought smiles out all round.”

 

Based in New Milton, The Creature Teachers combine extensive experience of zoo education and wildlife training to provide animal encounter visits at schools, care homes and other venues across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. For more information, visit http://www.thecreatureteachers.co.uk/

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