Residents of local care home, Kingston House, played host to some friendly crocodiles this week- not an everyday occurrence at the home!

Keepers from Crocodiles of the World, a specialist zoo in Brize Norton, brought along some star members of the zoo’s reptile family, to meet Kingston House’s residents and colleagues, many of whom had never seen a crocodile in real life, let alone held one.

Residents at the Greensleeves Care home, which provides residential and dementia care, were treated to a fascinating talk all about the crocodiles and the conservation work that takes place at Crocodiles of the World.

Doris, a resident at Kingston House, said of the experience:

‘I enjoyed it very much. It was very interesting, I always thought crocodile skin was hard but it’s smooth.’

Fellow resident, Peter, said:

‘I think it was marvellous, the whole visit marvellous. I enjoy anything like that, it was lovely’

Catherine Beswick, Home Manger at Kingston House, said:

“We are always looking for unusual activities for our residents, as we believe that age should not be a barrier to exciting new experiences. Our programme of activities is very person-centred, and any requests that residents have, our team will try and make it happen.

Not everyone can say they have held a crocodile, but Kingston House’s residents certainly can!”