A pair of alpacas brightened up the day of elderly residents as they visited a care home for a meet-and-greet.
The duo of Enzo and Scully toured Buckingham House in Gerrards Cross, BuckS and mingled with the excited OAPs on September 26.
The woolly couple ‘lit up’ the faces of residents who were able to pet and stroke the alpacas who were equally happy to make new friends.
The care home’s activities co-ordinator has hailed the visit as a great success as it helps improve the livelihood the elderly and those suffering from dementia.
Sue Stanco said: “It was amazing, the residents absolutely loved seeing them.
“They went into the residents’ rooms, so the residents that are not able to get out of bed were able to see them.
“Then they went upstairs in the lift. They were ever so tame, which is why they are so good to take into care homes.
“It was just great to see the residents interacting with them. Their faces lit up when they walked into the room.
“I organise activities and we do try and get everyone involved, but sometimes the residents who can’t leave their rooms may miss out, so it was good to do something they can get involved with.”
‘Therapy alpacas’ are becoming increasingly popular in care homes across the country due to their calm temperament, with some being used to help comfort dementia patients.
Enzo and Scally are the first in a line of unusual animal visits to the Gerrards Cross care home, as penguins are due to make an appearance next week, while reindeer are set to pay a visit over Christmas.
The pair are usually based at Berkshire farm Wyld Court Alpacas and are said to love visiting their elderly friends.