Penguin visit makes a wish come true for 92-year old Annie

21 February 2019 – Care UK

The team at a brand new care home where the first residents only moved in just before Christmas has already embraced Care UK’s wishing tree initiative in style by fulfilling a life-long wish to feed a real penguin.

The visit was specially organised by the home team to surprise Annie Thelwell, a 92-year-old resident at Mountbatten Grange. A lifelong animal lover, Annie always wears a penguin-shaped pendant and has filled her memory box with photos of the friendly animals. Annie, one of the first residents in the new Windsor care home, had made a wish on the home’s wishing tree to see penguins, but wasn’t expecting to be able to meet them up quite so close.

Many Care UK care home teams arrange visits by other animals including dogs, alpacas, donkeys, goats and lizards but this is the first time in the providers 30 year history that penguins have waddled into a home.

The team at the home is led by Saad Baig – who as home manager at another site made the headlines by arranging for a Catholic priest to visit the pope and for a lady in her 80s to have her first driving lesson.

The hand-reared Humboldt penguins, named Pringle and Charlie, were brought into the home by a company called Amazing Animals which provides animals for things like film work. The penguins were friendly, relaxed and used to human contact. Both were happy to walk around the home and took the lift in their stride. One even settled down for a nap after enjoying a hearty lunch of fresh fish from the residents at the home.

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