An­i­mal an­tics cheer res­i­dents

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

KOALAS and rep­tiles re­turned to a Yanchep nurs­ing home re­cently to visit about 90 res­i­dents.

Bethanie Beach­side phys­io­ther­a­pist Re­becca Far­rell said the Westoz Wildlife visit was or­gan­ised for the res­i­dents us­ing fundrais­ing money.

“The wildlife an­i­mals have vis­ited be­fore with such a pos­i­tive re­cep­tion from res­i­dents we de­cided to do it again this year,” she said.

“They brought along a koala, dingo, snake and lizard (and) spent over an hour in the large ac­tiv­ity room, with res­i­dents be­ing able to touch, pat and hold the var­i­ous an­i­mals – in­clud­ing the brave enough ones putting a snake around their necks. The koala and dingo were then taken around the fa­cil­ity for another hour to visit res­i­dents in their rooms; this is great be­cause it al­lowed some en­gage­ment from res­i­dents who don’t usu­ally join in.”

Bethanie Beach­side will hold its an­nual show day on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 4, which is open to the pub­lic.

There will be an an­i­mal farm, fairy floss, craft stalls, de­von­shire tea, sausage siz­zle, sec­ond-hand stalls, show bags, raf­fles and games for chil­dren.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will take place in the ac­tiv­ity room and on the lawn area from noon to 3pm.

Clock­wise from top left, Gwen Barnes gets up close to the koala, Freda Wil­liams with a lizard, Helen Thorn­ton cud­dles the koala, Barry Robertshaw gets to pat it and Mary Mitchell pets a python.

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