RESIDENTS at a Braintree care home welcomed special visitors in an interactive experience.

The Animal Workshops Mobile Zoo paid a visit to Riverdale Care Home, providing therapeutic benefits through close encounters with a range of friendly animals

Residents interacted with animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises, lizards, giant millipedes, meerkats, and Petal the skunk.

Riverdale's Lynda Inch said: “We recognise the importance of providing meaningful activities that promote happiness and fulfilment.

"We believe that interacting with animals can have a profound impact on the emotional and mental well-being of our residents.

“Everyone had a fabulous day and our residents are still talking about it now.” 

Braintree and Witham Times: Bonding - Residents had the chance to meet a wide variety of animalsBonding - Residents had the chance to meet a wide variety of animals (Image: Submitted)

Animal Workshop Mobile Zoo aims to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.

During the event, the Easter Bunny greeted each resident, posing for photographs and sharing hugs and high-fives. 

Regular entertainer Joanne Lee came along for the extravaganza singing classics, adding to the Easter atmosphere. 

Home manager Renata Sulugiuc said: “The spirit of Easter reminds us of the importance of love, kindness and community, and we are grateful to have shared this special day with our residents and families.”