Animals can bring smiles and laughter to everyone, but they make special connections with children. That was the idea when Zoos Victoria's Healesville Sanctuary sent Waffles the Wallaby to the Monash Children's Hospital. Waffles shared a special moment with William, then went on to spread cheer to the entire ward.
Studies show that visits from animals like Waffles the Wallaby can make a positive difference for children in traumatic situations. They provide a comforting presence, resulting in both psychological and physical benefits.
Zoos Victoria includes the Melbourne Zoo, the Werribee Open Range Zoo, and Healesville Sanctuary, which features native Australian wildlife. All three facilities are located in and around Melbourne, Australia.
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