Trio of therapy bunnies hop into Lathlain aged care home

Mercy Place Lathlain resident Ivy Ballantine (99) with Harlow and Spotty. Picture: David Baylis.
Mercy Place Lathlain resident Ivy Ballantine (99) with Harlow and Spotty. Picture: David Baylis.

THREE little bunnies have hopped their way into the hearts of senior residents in an aged care home in Lathlain after their arrival a few months ago.

Veno, the black rabbit, was donated by a volunteer while Harlow and Spotty, the white rabbits, were donated by a staff member to Mercy Place Lathlain.

Mercy Place Lathlain lifestyle assistant Erlinda Stokes said in addition to rabbits, the aged care home had cats as therapy pets and previously, fishes and chickens.

“It’s a therapeutic thing, it makes them remember the pets they had in the past,” she said.

“They enjoy watching and interacting with the rabbits, it’s very entertaining to them.”

Resident Ivy Ballantine said she loved cuddling with the rabbits and it was a great activity for the residents to wake up to.

“There’s not a lot here except relations that come to see us so I think something like this, it’s an attraction,” she said.

“They’re like babies but we don’t have babies here, we have rabbits.”

Mercy Place Lathlain service manager Surabh Nair said the rabbits were a welcome addition and had since become much-loved residents at the aged care home.

“Pretty much all of the residents love them and find them very relaxing to be around, in fact it’s wonderful to see how much enjoyment they get by stroking them, they’re definitely a very calming influence,” she said.