IT WAS animal magic at a South Tyneside care home as residents made the most of some creature comforts.
Garden Hill Care Home, based in St Michael’s Avenue, South Shields, welcomed the Zoo Academy mobile zoo, who brought along a rich array of special guests as part of a sensory animal therapy session at the home.
As part of the workshop, residents had the chance to look at, hold and learn about a variety of wildlife, from the cute and cuddly to the unusual and exotic.
Zoo Academy brought in a range of live animals, from frogs and lizards to snakes and spiders, as part of its educational talk.
The visit was the latest in an ongoing programme of animal therapy at Garden Hill, which has included sessions featuring a mix of domestic and exotic animals, from miniature horses, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, through to giant snails and millipedes.
Lyndsay Scott, care manager at Garden Hill, said: “It was a really entertaining afternoon for all involved.
“As well as being fun and interesting, animal therapy has been shown to have benefits for psychological health and social well-being, so we like to feature interactive workshops with animals as an ongoing part of our activities programme.
“Our residents thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the exotic creatures, while finding out all about them too.
“Many of our residents love animals, so our animal therapy visits and workshops are always popular.”