A CARE home resident had her birthday wishes granted as she met a pair of penguins earlier this month.

Jean, an 85-year-old resident at Care UK's Millers Grange in Witney, told her care team her greatest wish was to see penguins - so they set to work to make it happen for her birthday.

Meeting the Humboldt penguins, Pringle and Charlie, was 'the best birthday ever', she said.

She was able to get up close with the penguins, stroking and feeding them.

The penguins were brought into the home by Amazing Animals from their home at Heythrop Zoo.

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Originating from South America, the animals are used to warm weather and can adjust to different environments.

The visit was part of the home's Wishing Tree initiative, which encourages residents to put wishes forward, from flying on a plane to enjoying a fish and chip supper.

Jim Macleod, customer relations manager at Millers Grange, said: "We don’t accept that life at a care home has to be a particular way - we ensure there are no limitations to activities residents pursue and help all residents to lead independent, fulfilling lives, however they choose.

"We were really excited to make a birthday wish come true for Jean, as she has always talked about penguins with a passion.

"It was wonderful to see her face light up as they waddled in."