Never Smile at a Crocodile…Unless it’s in Aged Care

on the Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The residents of Bolton Clarke Talbarra residential aged care community in Waterford have been treated to a very slippery and scaly Australia Day party featuring a visit from some weird and wonderful Australian wildlife.

Handler Louise from Australian Bush Buddies brought a crocodile, shingleback lizard, diamond python, tawny frogmouth and squirrel glider to the community to the delight of residents.

During the lively performance residents were invited to touch, pat and even hold the animals – an opportunity they embraced with relish!

“It’s a fun and educational experience. I love doing these demonstrations in aged care homes, they get so much out of this,” explained Louise.

“Many of these people would have grown up seeing these animals in and around their homes, so they are very comfortable coming up and having a pat.”

Resident and centenarian Lorna was absolutely delighted to see the animals – her daughter and granddaughter came along to share the fun.

“I got to hold the python and the crocodile – who else can say they did that at 100?” Lorna laughed.

Diversional Therapist Angie Corrigan said she had wanted to do something new and different for residents this Australia Day.

“They absolutely loved it. We have residents who are nonverbal and have mobility issues however once we put the animals in front of them they were smiling, engaging and patting them,” she said.

“We cannot wait to welcome them back again.”

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