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Nursing Home Fulfills 99-Year-Old's Lifelong Dream of Meeting a Penguin

When Joyce Gardner, a 99-year-old great grandmother entered a care home in the U.K, she was asked to make a wish. Little did she know her unusual request would be taken seriously! Story via: Shareably

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    “Some people ask for a certain type of cake or a specific film,” said Elizabeth Stephens, the owner of the home. “But Joyce asked to meet a penguin, which was a first for us.”

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    It took three months, but Elizabeth made it happen!

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    She got in touch with Heythrop Zoological Gardens, which has several penguins that are used to "acting" and appearing on camera. Three ended up visiting: Pringle, Groot, and Charlie.


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    These adorable birds are “incredibly social,” so they don’t mind when humans (including complete strangers) pick them up, pet them, and talk to them.

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    In other words, they were perfect for the home! Not only did Joyce and her neighbors get to meet the penguins, but they also got to interact with them.



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    “I’ve always loved animals, especially penguins,” Joyce said. “To meet one in real life was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”

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    And one more wholesome thing before you leave the page:

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