Saturday, February 15, 2014

Animals as therapy: meerkats cheer up kids at children's hospital

Phil sleeps next to his Valentine's day kewpie doll.
On Valentine's day this year, I scored nothing - but Phil got a bear kewpie doll from an admirer! 

In other news, I was totally unaware, until a family member who is studying health sciences informed me, that the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne includes an open-air meerkat enclosure to cheer up kids.

It was created in conjunction with Zoos Victoria and supported by the Hugh Williamson Foundation.

I love the idea of a hospital committed to looking after the wellbeing of patients - both human and animal. I wonder if we'll ever see multi-species hospitals?

You can watch a brief video by visiting this link.


  1. A meerkat/ dingoes stories, Perth this time:

  2. A further meerkat story, this time with dingoes :>


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