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95-year-old resident Doris Field with a python. Picture: Baptistcare

Seniors get cozy with snakes

Would you be brave enough to hold a snake? Even a 95-year-old can do it!

Residents at Baptistcare’s Yallambee Residential Care in Mundaring had a close encounter with reptiles recently, when they met a giant python and several of his scaly friends.

For some of the seniors it was a case of facing their worst fear when reptile handler Brian Bush paid a visit, but the experience was overwhelmingly positive.

Acting manager of residential care Jody Taylor said Bush won the seniors over with his anecdotes and knowledge of all thing reptile, and it was a day the facility’s staff and residents would not forget in a hurry.

“At first some of our residents and staff were reluctant to touch the reptiles, but as time went on curiosity won over and before long snakes and lizards were being stroked and handled with confidence,” she said.

“These events keeps our residents motivated, interested in life and connected to their families and communities.”

For 95-year-old resident Doris Field, holding a python was something she thought she would never be able to add to her list of life experiences.

“I was nervos about introducing myself to the python at first, but Brian assured me the snake wouldn’t hurt me,” she said.

“I ended up with it around my neck like a scarf which is something I never imagined doing.”

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