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A care home facility has introduced a new wellbeing programme for its guests - some quality time with a bunch of adorable chicks and ducklings.
The chicks and ducklings were hatched in the residents' homes, and afterwards they were offered the opportunity to spend some quality time with them.
The elderly people were handed hatching kits by staff at CHD Living as part of an initiative to boost health and wellbeing.
The eggs started to hatch within a few days of arriving at the homes, and residents have been "lavishing them with cuddles, teaching them to swim and making sure they have plenty to eat and drink".
Shelagh Howes, 91, from CHD Living's Surbiton Care Home, is one of the residents who has been enjoying their company.
"The ducklings are very sweet and so soft - they make me smile a lot," she said. "It's been lovely having them stay with us and they've definitely spread a lot of happiness and excitement for spring."
Some of the residents have also named their new friends after residents who have passed away over the last year.
CHD Living's Shaleeza Hasham said animals weren't just a bit of fun, adding that she also hoped they would increase the "general health" among residents.
"Not only do they bring tremendous amounts of joy, but animals also open up channels for conversation whilst providing sensory stimulation and relaxation too," she said.
"They've made everyone light up with joy. It's been beautiful to see, especially after the tough year we've all had."
The birds will now stay at the homes where they hatched, so long as facilities allow.
The rest will be returned to Incredible Eggs - described as the "ethical provider of high-welfare hatching kits".
What a heartwarming story!
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