Trio of farm animals bring smiles to nursing home residents

The event was set up by Activities Supervisor Heather Pearson, who recalled a previous visit to the community by a sheep that belonged to the daughter of a former resident. Pearson, who herself grew up on a farm, reached out to Cheryl Woodcock about bringing a sheep or two back again, except this time, she got more than she bargained for.

The three animals garnered plenty of attention from the residents, many of whom had grown up on or around farms. The sheep and Highland calf, were received warmly, but the star of the show was the alpaca, an animal most of the residents were unfamiliar with.

Resident Florence Meier, was moved by the visiting animals — particularly the calf, which was shaggy and almost burnt orange in color. “I like calves, we had a lot of calves,” she said.

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