Pet power proves a powerful therapy

Animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, alpacas, ponies, goats and budgies are bringing “intense joy” to children in hospital undergoing treatment for cancer.

Dijon University Hospital lets the children pet, groom and feed the animals, giving them a new role as care-givers in a turn-around from being just patients.

Participants range from babies to 18-year-olds. 

Petting animals like this pony improves patients’ morale

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