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Brave veterans face python, tarantula and more as mobile zoo visits care home

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Mo from Animals in Hands, with Sunshine the Albino Burmese Python and Royal Star & Garter resident Betty

A hairy spider, bird of prey and four-metre long snake were guests at a care home in Solihull.


They were among the visitors brought to Royal Star & Garter by the Animals in Hands mobile zoo on Tuesday (6 December).


Royal Star & Garter provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. The charity also has Homes in Surbiton and High Wycombe.

Jack with a bearded dragon

The creatures were shown to residents living with dementia by former zookeeper Mo Safeer, who set up Animals in Hands and is known as the Animal Man. Among them was an albino Burmese python, white-faced scops owl, Chilian rose tarantula, bearded dragon, skunk, tortoise, chinchilla and bullfrog.


‘I was terrified!’


Lorraine is part of the Royal Star & Garter Wellbeing Team which organised the visit. She said: “You could see how much the residents enjoyed it all. I had the snake around my neck and I was terrified!”

Peter with Dobby the owl

Mo said: “The residents were in awe of the animals and there were some lovely interactions. They seemed to really enjoy it, and I enjoyed being at the Home too.”


Royal Star & Garter in Solihull is welcoming new residents. For more information on this, or to work at the Home, please go to

Betty inspects Oreo the skunk
Doreen with Simon the chinchilla on her shoulder
Peter with a bearded dragon
Staff from Royal Star & Garter were also able to get their hands on the creatures from Animals in Hands
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