That’s cold blooded: Mundaring aged care residents get up close and personal with reptiles

Resident Doris Field with her new friend, the python.
Resident Doris Field with her new friend, the python.

RESIDENTS at Baptistcare’s Yallambee Residential Care in Mundaring have got up close and personal with a giant python and other scaly friends.

Many of the seniors faced their fears of reptiles when handler and educator, Brian Bush came to the village to give a hands-on presentation.

Residential Care’s acting manager Jodi Taylor said at first many residents and staff were reluctant to touch the reptiles.

“As time went on curiosity won over and before long snakes and lizards were being stroked and handled with confidence,” she said.

Even 95-year-old resident Doris Field go in on the action, but said she was nervous to introduce herself to the giant python visitor.

“Brian assured me the snake wouldn’t hurt me and I ended up with it around my neck, like a scarf, which is something I never imagined doing.

Ms Taylor said Baptistcare Yallambee often hosted speakers as part of their ongoing program for informative, educational and fun activities for its residents.

“It keeps our residents motivated, interested in life and connected to their families and communities,” she said.