PENSIONERS got more than they bargained for when exotic visitors called by their residential home.
More than 20 people living at Langley House Care Centre in Sunderland Road, Horden, were left delighted by a visit from For Paws Pet Shop.
The company, which is based in Gosforth, brought along a range of critters including snakes, lizards and hedgehogs, for the residents and their families to enjoy.
Brave Mary Wood was even treated to a lick on the face by a blue-tonged skink, before she plucked up the courage to wear a corn snake around her neck.
Manager Christine Conway said: “This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this, but all of the residents and their families loved it.
“There was all sorts of animals and lizards for us to meet.
“Mary even had a snake round her neck. She’s a lot braver than me.”