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Animal themed resources

To help keep you inspired and engaged, our Living Well Team created a variety of themed activities and helpful resources.

The theme for this set of resources is animals.

You can use the links below to quickly jump to different sections of this resource page. Use them to navigate to the content you’d most like to access.

We hope you find lots to inspire you on this web page. We have shared pictures of our pets and hope you might send us photos of your furry friends, or how you are inspired by these pages. You can get in touch with us by email.

Activities

Treading carefully

Can you guess the animals by their footprints? Click the links below to see the clues, and the final document for the answers!

Animal idioms quiz

Can you guess the well-known animal idioms by their descriptions? Take a look!

Animal families

Have a go at matching these adult animals with their young. Do you know whose baby a poult is? Take the quiz.

Animal anagrams

Have a go at deciphering the names of these wild animals!

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Book and film recommendations 

There are so may books and films on an animal theme, we couldn’t possibly list them all! Take a look at a few suggestions in the lists below. Enjoy!

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Animals and art

Animals have been represented in art for centuries. Take a look at the presentations below for an insight into how animals have inspired famous sculptors.

Check out our gallery of tin foil animal sculptures, inspired by the work of Alberto and Diego Giacometti. Why not have a go yourself? Let us know how you get on!

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Meet the team’s cats

Our Living Well Team are certainly a group of animal lovers! Read on to find out about the cuddly creatures they share their homes with.

Ben and Jerry

“These are my two cats Ben and Jerry. My son chose their names after the ice cream brand. They’re always getting into mischief together, although they have very different personalities. Ben is very athletic, likes being outdoors and is good at keeping the rodent population down and Jerry likes to hang out with the humans. They’re always making us laugh and bring us enormous joy.”

Claire, Occupational Therapist

Minnie

“As a kitten she was known as Minnie the Destroyer because she energetically wrecked all her toys. Now Minnie is a dignified 10 years old. She is very affectionate usually seeking snuggles, cuddles and lap time. She is a cheeky girl with a plucky personality and has got into a few scrapes over the years.

“We acquired her after she was found as a kitten in the jaws of a fox. As animals have been known to foster other species of baby animals, I wonder if the fox found her as a ‘lost’ kitten and was intending to add her to the family, especially as she has such a fluffy fox-like tail.”

Karen, Living Well Administrator

Shilo and Shanti

These two lovely cats belong to Kathy, a Senior Healthcare Assistant in Living Well. They are rescue brothers and their names mean ‘peace’.

Lily, Ruby Tuesday, Amber and Poppy

Read all about the four feline friends looked after by our Complementary Therapist Liesl.

Paddy

Here’s a picture of Paddy, Dr Catherine’s not-so-helpful feline assistant!

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Our many visits from MooMoo

Pre-lockdown, we were lucky to enjoy many visits from the adorable miniature pony MooMoo. This special therapy pony would often arrive in fancy dress, and once even sported a baby pink tail!

He has spent time with patients in the Living Well Centre and also on our In-patient Unit, bringing smiles to everyone he meets.

Rosie, MooMoo’s owner, writes: 

“Moo Moo is a very special miniature horse who is 28 inches tall. He is used as a therapy horse and loves his job. He loves to bring joy to all who meet him.

“Being so tiny he is able to go inside and go up to people’s bedsides. He’s even been in lifts and can go most places! He is very friendly and enjoys a stroke and a pat. He even likes to dress up for special occasions!”

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Top tips for getting out and about

Read this informative booklet from Macmillan Cancer Support with plenty of top tips to help you get active. It includes guidance on setting goals, tracking your progress and offers an activity diary for you to record your exercise sessions.

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Further reading and resources 

Learn about Pets as Therapy dog Meghan 

Read a lovely piece written from the perspective of Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog Meghan, who has often visited patients at St Richard’s Hospice. Take a look at the article here.

How the animal kingdom flourished in lockdown

From Italy to Japan, read this interesting article on how the animal kingdom has reclaimed some built-up spaces during the global pandemic.

Find out Liesl’s top five wild animals

Complementary therapist Liesl shares her top five wild animals, and gives some interesting facts about each one. Read here.

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