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Animal antics for 100th birthday celebration.

Ferrars Hall Care Home residents enjoyed an unusual visit recently, as they welcomed Zoolab and their exotic animals to their home!

As Phyllis, a resident at Ferrars Hall, celebrated her 100th birthday the Wellbeing team at the home in Huntingdon wanted to organise a special event for her to remember. Phyllis is an animal lover so the team arranged for Zoolab to visit for an Animal Therapy Session, a useful tool to promote mental wellbeing.

The residents were able to hold and interact with different animals such as snakes, millipedes, frogs and lizards!

A lot of them weren’t initially a fan of the cockroach that was shown, but warmed to its calm nature and interesting noises.

The worlds largest gecko (the New Caledonia giant gecko) was the favourite, mainly due to its silky skin and springy jumps into the trainer’s hands!

“It was great to give the residents something different to do for an afternoon!” Said Customer Relations Manager Chloe Kenna. “Everyone enjoyed learning about the animals that we never usually encounter, and were all very brave when holding the scarier looking creatures. The millipede’s legs felt like Velcro going across your hands which was a very strange sensation for the residents!”

Phyllis also celebrated over dinner in the private dining area with her family, complete with decorations and cake!

Ferrars Hall Care Home is part of the Country Court Group, a family-owned and run business founded in 1983, with the company philosophy “Our family caring for yours”. Country Court has won numerous Great British Care Awards. In 2015 the company was awarded Health Investor Residential Care Provider of the Year and is in the Top 20 Large Care Home Groups 2021.


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