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Care home's bid to source a pet tortoise

PUBLISHED: 16:40 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:40 16 July 2019

Residents at the High Haven care home in Downham Market have asked for a tortoise at the home. Picture: High Haven

Residents at the High Haven care home in Downham Market have asked for a tortoise at the home. Picture: High Haven

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It is not the first pet you would think of getting for a care home.

Peggy McBride holding the residents favourtie animal- a tortoise. Picture: High HavenPeggy McBride holding the residents favourtie animal- a tortoise. Picture: High Haven

But a recent visit by a tortoise to the High Haven care home in Downham Market proved so popular that residents have asked if they can get their own pet reptile.

A snake, chameleon, kitten and a tortoise have been among the animals to visit residents and the care home, which has two budgies and four chickens, is now looking to home its very own tortoise.

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Allison Bullard, activities co-ordinator, said: "Of all the animals we've had come visit us they were most fond of the tortoise.

Brian Bailey, resident at the High Haven care home in Downham Market holding a snake . Picture: High HavenBrian Bailey, resident at the High Haven care home in Downham Market holding a snake . Picture: High Haven

"I suggested to them what if we get one and they were all agreed they would love it."

Peggy McBride, who has been at the care home for a year and a half, said: "I remember having a tortoise as a child and would love to have another one."

Miss Bullard said: "If anyone has one that they can give we would be so happy.

"It will really benefit our residents who are here for a long time."

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