A visit to one of her favourite childhood places was a wish come true for a 91-year-old animal lover.

Megan Somerville used to take regular family trips to the local zoo and while volunteering as a Brown Owl with her local Brownies group.

When her own children were older, Megan and her family would enjoy regular days out to Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford, with Megan teaching her grandchildren about the lions, tigers, monkeys and giraffes. 

The team at Care UK’s Millers Grange on Curbridge Road in Witney set out to make Megan’s wish come true by arranging her first trip back to Cotswold Wildlife Park in many years.

Witney Gazette: 1 Senior Mammal Keeper Jenni Maxwell, Giraffe Century, Megan, Abbi, Naomi and Rita.JPG

Mrs Somerville enjoyed a VIP experience getting up close and personal with the giraffes and was also one of the Park’s first visitors lucky enough to meet the baby rhinos, which were born in August.

She said: “I had such a wonderful day, I couldn’t possibly choose my favourite part.

"It was such a unique experience I never imagined I’d have the chance to do – stroking the rhinos, meeting the giraffes and seeing the lions up close was amazing.”

Head keeper Mark Godwin added: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Megan and help the team at Millers Grange fulfil her wish.

"Megan is a natural with animals – the rhinos took such a shine to her they came over immediately.”

The visit was part of the home’s Wishing Tree initiative, which encourages residents to reconnect with a past hobby or try something new from flying a plane to enjoying a fish and chip supper.