Tuesday, 26 September 2017

NEWSLINK: Interacting with big cats therapeutic for brain injury patients

We have human conditions that limit us — whether they be social, emotional or physical,” said Bear Creek Feline Center owner Jim Broaddus. “But when they come up here, we’re all equal. We don’t have to be able to talk to connect with these animals.”

As several victims of traumatic brain injuries reached out their hands, Dani — a 150-plus-pound Florida panther — nuzzled the chain link fence separating them and crooned softly.
Some of the visitors Saturday from Second Chance of Northwest Florida had varying degrees of restrictions to their mobility or ability to communicate. But as Dani made their acquaintance and they stroked her beige coat, they all had smiles on their faces.


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