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A VARIETY of feathered friends have delighted residents at a Southbourne care home.

Owls of all shapes and sizes were brought in to Glebe House Care Home by Southbourne resident John Hewson.

Residents are getting more confident around the birds with every visit.

Primrose Holman is now happy to hold and stroke them.

“They are beautiful animals,” she said.

John Hewson has nine birds in total, and regularly tours care homes, fetes and shows in the area.

“I even have to turn some people down,” 
he said.

“I absolutely love doing it, everyone likes seeing the birds.

“Some you have to rear from a 
young age, but they 
are all different.

“Some are more friendly with people. But most people like to hold them and stroke them.”

Billy the barn owl was a firm favourite with many of the residents.

Celia Brewer, 102, 
has lost her sight, but held and stroked the smaller owl.

“Events like this are really super,” 
said Celia.

“The owls feel lovely and soft. It is so welcoming – I haven’t been here that long, but I’ve really settled in.”

Karen Barber from Glebe House said she loved it when the residents enjoyed the owls.

“We really enjoy it when John comes here,” she said.

 

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