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Zoo-ming in from Exmoor
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 25, 2009: Residents at the Hatherleigh Care Village received some unusual guests recently when Exmoor Zoo paid a visit. Humbug the skunk came along bringing some friends, including a snake called ‘Sticky’, a huge stick insect and a swarm of hissing cockroaches! Zoo keeper Steve Eddy explained their features, environments and even their bizarre habits before allowing residents to touch and feed them. Steve told us “This is a wonderful way of interacting with and creating experiences for such a wonderful group of people for whom a visit to the zoo may not be easy". Wayne Shermon, Operations Director of the Care Village said he believes residents should be permitted to age without compromise and provided with every opportunity to lead a "stimulating and exciting lifestyle”. Residents were also able to pose with the animals for photographs which will be included in the Village scrap book.

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