Look who’s here! The moment when two alpacas unexpectedly visit a nursing home (and even ride an elevator)
- Two alpacas paid a surprise visit to the residents of a nursing home in Powys, Wales.
- Arriving just in time for afternoon tea, the alpacas took the elevator to the top floor.
- Residents greeted woolly well-wishers with copious strokes and pats
At this point, the residents of a nursing home in Wales received a surprise visit from two friendly alpacas.
The woolly well-wishers arrived at the Oaks Care Home in Newtown, Powys just in time for afternoon tea today.
Footage of the unusual encounter shows two alpacas being led out of an elevator and then led into a living room, where the locals lovingly give them gifts.
Two alpacas named Alex and Bethany dropped by a nursing home in Wales today to join the locals for afternoon tea. Pictured: Resident Merrill Simcox enjoys “pet therapy”
Sarah Tickle (left) and Isabelle Titley (right) lead Andean camels out of an elevator towards the residents of the top floor, who weren’t told the alpacas would join them.
Resident Sylvia Hughes receives a bedside visit from a pair of furry well-wishers.
Alpacas named Alex and Bethany were brought into the house to offer residents a “pet treatment” and in return, the furry Andean animals enjoyed being petted and patted by their gray-haired audience.
They even took the elevator up to visit the residents in their own rooms.
Events coordinator Izzy Titley said: “I’m leaving The Oaks in a few weeks to go on a world tour and I wanted to put a few last stunts out of my head to wow the residents.
“I told them we were just having a regular Friday bingo!”
Daniel Hart, 42, the nursing home’s registered manager, said the visit was prompted by the desire of several residents to visit the zoo.
Mr Hart said: “We thought it would be more fun to bring animals to them.
“The alpacas were a big hit and it was great to see the look on everyone’s faces when they arrived.”
Residents of the Oaks Care Home in Newtown, Powys pet two Andean animals.
Sarah Tickle (left) of Admirals View Alpacas and nursing home manager Isabelle Titley (right) introduce the animals to another resident.
Daniel Hart, 42, the registered manager of the nursing home, said several residents offered to visit the zoo, adding: “We thought it would be more fun to bring animals to them.”
Alpaca Alex and Bethany are taken out of the elevator. Ms Tickle said: “They are comfortable in the elevator, so even residents of different floors did not miss their visit.”
Ms Tickle said: “Alpacas are very friendly animals and they enjoyed visiting them.”
The Huacaya Alpacas are part of a seven-person therapy team at the Admirals View Alpacas in Shropshire led by Sara Tickle.
Ms Tickle said: “Alpacas are very friendly animals and they really enjoyed visiting the Oaks Nursing Home.”
“They are comfortable in the elevator, so even the residents of different floors did not miss their visit.”
The Oaks Nursing Home, which offers inpatient and nursing services as well as dementia care, is part of the Sandstone Care Group.