CARE home residents in Windsor received a surprise visit from exotic guests - when some friendly South American penguins popped in.

The visit was specially organised by the home team to surprise Annie Thelwell, a 92-year-old resident at Mountbatten Grange in Helston Lane.

A lifelong animal lover, Annie always wears a penguin-shaped pendant and has filled her memory box with photos of the friendly creatures.

She was one of the first residents in the new care home and used its 'wishing tree' to reveal that she would like to meet some of her favourite birds.

The hand-reared Humboldt penguins named Pringle and Charlie were brought into the home by Amazing Animals.

They are used to human contact, regularly attending workshops and educational talks all around the UK, to raise public awareness of conservation matters.

Home manager, Saad Baig, said: “We always like to go the extra-mile for residents here at Mountbatten Grange and make their wishes come true, no matter how small – or unusual. Annie talks about penguins with passion, so we were really excited to be able to make her dream of seeing one up close come true. We managed to keep the visit a complete surprise, so it was incredible to see her light up when they waddled into the care home – they are truly wonderful creatures and it was a fantastic moment for everyone involved."