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Watch A Pair Of Llamas Bring Utter Joy To Nursing Home Residents

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12/29/2015 12:08pm ET

The opportunity to pet a llama or two would make anyone smile, and a group of seniors at Massachusetts' Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley nursing home are receiving guaranteed grins thanks to a pair of the four-legged camelids.

"There's an innate calmness to the animals, which is just immeasurable," Lauren Gaffney, a program director at the facility's memory support unit, said in the National Geographic video above. "They don't judge you because you're in a wheelchair or because maybe you're not sitting straight."

Indeed, animal therapy -- whether with llamas or other kinds of creatures -- can have a great impact on patients. Animals have the power to act as a certain kind of medicine of their own: Animal-assisted therapy can lower humans' stress and anxiety levels, reduce blood pressure and depression and increase self-esteem and focus. It's no wonder the folks are willing to receive a kiss from Travis, a llama who, purportedly, doesn't have the best breath.

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