Alpacas Came in by Two by Two to Magna Care Centre

Residents at The Magna Care Centre in Wimborne Dorset, recently enjoyed a visit from a pair of unusual visitors, Ted and Sirocco, two Alpacas who were brought along by their owner and handler Wendy.

As Magna Care Centre, we are always looking at new and interesting activities for our residents to enjoy and participate in, so when our Home Manager Teresa Freeman heard of them visiting another of our care homes, we immediately thought it would be a really different experience for everyone here. We called Wendy and were lucky enough to be able to book them to come to our home for an hours visit.

Once we had communicated the impending visit to all our residents and guests, we were overwhelmed with the amount of interest their visit was generating and we had such a big turn out on the day to see them. Everyone was really looking forward to seeing them and to have a stroke, although we were only allowed to stroke their necks. Apparently they get stressed if you touch their faces and you mustn’t touch their backs because it can spoil the fleece.

We learnt lots of other facts about Alpacas too during the visit; such as they are members of the camelid (camel) family but without humps and that Ted and Sirocco are Huacayas, the more common type, which account for about 90% of all alpacas. They have a fluffy, crimpy fleece that gives the animals a teddy bear-like appearance and they really do. Not only do they look like large teddy bears but you can see why their down is so prized as they have such a soft and luxurious fleece.

For those of our residents who are not so mobile, we made sure they did not miss out and Wendy took Ted and Sirocco around a tour of the home and some even enjoyed a special visit in the comfort of their own bedrooms.

They were a very popular attraction and everyone loved to see them. There was lots of animated discussions and smiley faces all round. Most of our residents had never seen an Alpaca before (other than on TV) or some had an item of clothing made from their fleece, such as a scarf so to have the opportunity to meet and stroke one was an new and amazing experience for them.

It was a great day and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us here at Magna Care Centre. For us to see the looks on our residents’ faces when they saw the two animals and for them to get the chance to touch and interact with them was very special. Now we’re just waiting to see what next animals are coming to visit us here at our home. Watch this space…

If you would like to find out more about life at The Magna Care Centre in Wimbourne, Dorset, our activities and events, please contact us on 0808 223 5541 or email

Magna Care Centre

Home Manager

Teresa Freeman


Arrowsmith Road,
Canford Magna,
BH21 3BQ

0808 223 5541
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