Dementia patients visited by exotic animals at Oklahoma center

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MUSTANG, Okla. - An exotic surprise greeted residents at an assisted living center on Thursday.

It was a wild day at the Willowood Assisted Living Facility in Mustang.

"One of the things that really speaks to people, especially at this point in their life, is music and animals,"Jo Carolyn Chambers, a social worker with Crossroads Hospice, said.

Extreme Animals brought some of their most exotic animals to these residents, including a bouncy kangaroo, a lizard and a fox.

"It's really nice for everybody to do this for him. We appreciate it," Betty Marsh said.

Betty and I.V. Marsh have been married for 63 years.

I.V. moved into hospice care two years ago.

Betty says it's days like this that give this couple more memorable moments to share together.

The “Happy Chaplains,” a group of former pastors, were also on hand to sing some old classics, including “You are my sunshine" and “Okie from Muskogee.”

It's a way to give those living their last days a perfect celebration.

"Five minutes is all it takes, an hour, whatever it takes, just to see them lined up and make their day because they're lonely," Scott Liner, a member of The Happy Chaplains, said.

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