Care home residents monkey around with special visitors

Residents at a local care home decided to go ape to celebrate its first anniversary. Jubilee House, on Queensway, Leamington Spa, marked the occasion on Thursday, May 2, with a visit from two South American squirrel monkeys.

Antonio, 11, and his primate son Sharky, three, climbed on residents and posed for photos. They are part of a group of nine that usually live at Heythrop Zoological Gardens and are known for their vocal range with the ability to make more than 50 sounds.

Celebrations also included live singer Victoria Wilson, afternoon tea and the official unveiling of a new greenhouse, where residents will be able to grow their own flowers and vegetables.

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A cake was made for the occasion modelled on the home's gardens. Philippa Cook, general manager at the home, said: "Celebrating Jubilee House’s first birthday is a moment of great pride for all of us.

"We can’t believe we have made it to a year already. The past year has been an incredible journey, filled with many challenges and many great rewards.

"Having a delightful visit from Antonio and Sharky was a wonderful way to celebrate. It was truly heartwarming to see the laughter and excitement brought by our furry guests."

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