Baby Kangaroo Nuzzles Up To Veterans Home Residents

You might say that things are hopping at the William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home - and there's one furry fellow to thank for that.

Meet Charlie, a 1-year-old kangaroo who serves as the Utah facility's resident therapy animal. While he might be a rather unconventional sort of comfort companion, for the home's veterans and their families, having the baby 'roo around has made a real impact.

Simply by being himself - skipping through the halls, or cozying up with someone who might be in need of a nuzzle - Charlie is bringing cheer to everyone he meets.

Nursing home administrator Noralyn Kahn told news station KUTV that Charlie seems to relish his role as a brightener of people's days.

"He just knows that he has to love them. And it doesn't matter what they look like or how they act, he's there to love them," she said. "It is very emotional to me because it is such tenderness. And it makes such a difference in so many lives."

Folks at the home aren't the only ones to have taken notice of Charlie's exemplary service as a therapy animal. The Utah Red Cross will honor the kangaroo at an upcoming Heroes Recognition Event - fitting praise for an animal whose job it is to make the world a happier place.

To see Charlie in action, check out KUTV's news report from the veterans' home.