Petting zoo gets Streamway Villa residents reminiscing

Goats, a pony and an alpaca get residents talking about their farming days

Streamway Villa residents and staff members had a visit recently from Kristie’s Little Portable Petting Zoo, a travelling animal handler, which brought goats, a pony and an alpaca, an animal native to South America that’s similar to a llama, to the Cobourg long-term care home.

Many Streamway Villa residents come from farming backgrounds, so they were keen to go outside to the courtyard to see the animals. The petting zoo even got residents reminiscing about their farming backgrounds, which is always a bonus, says life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Doughty.

“About 90 per cent of the residents were out there, and that really generated a lot of stories about their upbringing. I found that really fascinating,” she tells The OMNIway.

Christina says she was partial to the alpaca.

“Without even asking, I was in the pen with it,” she chuckles. “The residents just loved watching me in the pen with the alpaca – I don’t know what it was about that, but they just loved it.”

Animal visits have long been a favourite for residents at the Cobourg long-term care home. In addition to Kristie’s Little Portable Petting Zoo, which has previously been to the home, Streamway Villa residents have had visits from ducks that were brought to the home in 2016.

In 2017, exotic animal handler Zoo to You brought a chinchilla, a rabbit, bearded lizards, a Burmese python, a tarantula and even an alligator for residents to see.

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