Monkeys paid a visit to residents in an Oxford care home.

A family of squirrel monkeys was invited into Chawley Grove Care Home, in Cumnor Hill, for the afternoon.

The monkeys sat on residents’ laps and even climbed onto the heads of some of the more accommodating residents.

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Oxford Mail: Resident with monkey on shouldersResident with monkey on shoulders (Image: Chawley Grove Care Home)

Home Manager, Michelle Daly, said: “We love animals here at Chawley Grove.

“We have had all kinds of wonderful creatures visit us, from pigs, penguins, donkeys, ponies and now monkeys.”

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The monkeys were brought into the care home by Heythrop Zoological Gardens and they are believed to be some of the cleverest and most peaceful monkeys.

Oxford Mail: Resident with monkeyResident with monkey (Image: Chawley Grove Care Home)

The care home already has their own golden retriever called Winnie and Ms Daly said the dog kept everyone happy.

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She said: “Having animals around has so many benefits for our physical and mental health.

“They can help reduce our stress, reduce our blood pressure and increase how we interact with others.”