It’s National Pet Day, and no, we didn’t find this in the kitchen cupboard! Cook Paul, at our retirement house in Redland, Bristol, keeps some weird, and wonderful, pets, and wanted to bring in his pet tarantula, Curly, to show to the residents. Believe it or not, Paul has 3 more tarantulas at home and, in case you’re interested, their names are Leggy, Dave, Ros.

Resident Margaret tried to pronounce the Latin name for the pet spider, pictured here, “brachypelma alpopilosum”, which means Curly Hair in English. It’s not easy – see if you can do it.

Our residents were fascinated by Curly and are looking forward to Paul introducing more of his pets …