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Elderly woman, 92, achieves life goal of holding beloved penguin

Pensioner P-P-Picks up a Penguin! Elderly woman, 92, achieves life goal of holding beloved Antarctic seabird as care home invites pair in for the day

  • Annie Thelwell always wears a penguin pendant and was surprised with a visit
  • Pensioner was amazed when two penguins waddled into care home in Windsor
  • Chuffed Annie spent the afternoon feeding and petting penguins from the zoo

A 92-year-old woman who loves penguins had her wish come true when a care home surprised her with a visit form her favourite animal. 

Annie Thelwell always wears a penguin necklace and has filled her memory box with photos of the birds. 

The pensioner made a wish to meet one of the friendly animals – so carers organised for them to pop in at Mountbatten Grange care home in Windsor, Berkshire.

Annie was amazed when two penguins waddled into the the room to meet the residents. 

Annie Thelwell (pictured), 92, always wears a penguin pendant and has filled her memory box with photos of the birds

Annie didn't suspect a thing and was amazed when two penguins waddled into the the room to meet the residents

Annie didn’t suspect a thing and was amazed when two penguins waddled into the the room to meet the residents

And chuffed Annie spent the afternoon petting and feeding two penguins named Charlie and Pringle. 

Mountbatten Grange Home Manager, Saad Baig, said it was ‘incredible’ to see Annie’s reaction after she wished on the care home’s wishing tree to see the birds.

He said: ‘We always like to go the extra-mile for residents here at Mountbatten Grange, and make their wishes come true, no matter how small – or unusual.

‘Annie talks about penguins with passion, so we were really excited to be able to make her dream of seeing one up close come true.

‘We managed to keep the visit a complete surprise, so it was incredible to see her light up when they waddled into the care home.

‘They are truly wonderful creatures and it was a fantastic moment for everyone involved.

Annie spent the afternoon petting and feeding two penguins named Charlie and Pringle

Annie spent the afternoon petting and feeding two penguins named Charlie and Pringle

The hand-reared Humboldt penguins from Heythrop Zoo turned up to surprise Annie and other residents

The hand-reared Humboldt penguins from Heythrop Zoo turned up to surprise Annie and other residents

The hand-reared Humboldt penguins from Heythrop Zoo turned up to surprise Annie and other residents

‘The penguins were so friendly, and we know just how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people, especially for those living with dementia.

‘Being close to animals can help lift a person’s mood, stimulate social interaction and ease agitation – and the penguins were brilliant at doing just that.’ 

The hand-reared Humboldt penguins from Heythrop Zoo turned up to surprise Annie and other residents. 

Having been brought up in captivity, they are friendly and relaxed around humans. 

Charlie and Pringle live in a specially-constructed enclosure at Heythrop Zoo, which includes a swimming pool, a pebble beach and a penguin house.

The pair regularly meet new people and attend workshops and educational talks all around the UK, aiming to raise the general public’s awareness of conservation matters.

Originating in South America, the Humboldt penguins are used to warm weather and can adjust to different environments. 

Mountbatten Grange Home Manager, Saad Baig, said it was 'incredible' to see Annie's reaction after she wished on the care home's wishing tree to see the birds

Mountbatten Grange Home Manager, Saad Baig, said it was ‘incredible’ to see Annie’s reaction after she wished on the care home’s wishing tree to see the birds

Having been brought up in captivity, they are friendly and relaxed around humans

Having been brought up in captivity, they are friendly and relaxed around humans

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