It’s amazing how animals can truly make your life better. A special encounter with your favorite animal can be a truly life-changing experience.
Bertha Komor is the oldest resident of the Village Gate of Farmington senior retirement community in Connecticut, according to NECN. She has lived there for over a decade, becoming their oldest resident.
Aquarium staff introduced the seniors to the penguin — and Bertha, sitting in the front row, got a very special close-up. The 104-year-old got to pet the penguin, fulfilling a longtime dream of hers.
You can see the pure joy in the senior’s face. It was her biggest wish, and her caretakers were happy to help make it happen.
“She’s just an amazing person. To tell me she wanted to touch a penguin, I had to make that dream come true,” enrichment coordinator Ashley Waddell told NECN.
“I’m just so excited for her. I’m just so happy she has had this wish come true and just to have been in our lives for as long as she has,” granddaughter Karen Rivkin said.
The event included information about the penguin species by the expert staff. The whole meet-and-greet would’ve normally cost over a thousand dollars, according to NECN, but thanks to the partnership with Twilight Wish it was free for the nursing home.
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