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Alpacas at Anchor!

Residents at a Leeds care home enjoyed a very special visit from a pair of unusual visitors on Monday 27 Junenormally seen on the plains and mountains in South America not suburban Leeds

Two alpacas, named King Kong and Duval, received a hearty welcome from residents and the team at Anchor’s Berkeley Court care home on Chatsworth Road. Residents got to pet and play with the two alpacas in the garden and residents’ common room. They also learned some interesting alpaca facts, from King Kong and Duval’s handlers.

The dynamic duo were brought to Anchor’s Berkeley Court by Altreka, an alpaca farm and trekking company based in Baildon in West Yorkshire. King Kong and Duval were on their best behaviour throughout the visit and delighted absolutely everybody!

The visit was a wonderful treat for everyone at the home. Patricia Stuart, age 80, who has lived Anchor’s Berkeley Court for three years, said: “It was so fun to meet King Kong and Duval, those are such fun names aren’t they? I’ve never petted an alpaca before, I don’t think I’ve even seen one in real life!

“They were so well behaved, and the team from Altreka told us lots of really interesting things about them. I never knew that alpacas had such soft fur! I hope they can come visit us again soon!”

Jane Carr, Manager of Anchor’s Berkeley Court care home, said: “We’re delighted to have had King Kong and Duval visit us at Anchor’s Berkeley Court care home. Alpacas are such fascinating creatures, and they were both absolutely lovely!

“Our residents had so much fun, I’d like to say a big thank you to Altreka for bringing them along. We love arranging these sorts of visits. They’re a lot of fun for us and our residents and are a real boost to everyone’s happiness and well-being.”

Anchor’s Berkeley Court, like all Anchor properties, is an animalfriendly location. Residents are encouraged to move in with their pets and where activities such as visits from alpacas and other animals are regularly organised along with a variety of other engaging activities.

For more information about Anchor’s Berkeley Court care home, please call 0800 731 2020.

Anyone interested in booking a visit from Altreka can do so by visiting their website.

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