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Ben gets home visit from loving pet

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Tuesday 27th May 2014
Ben Baldwin and Tiger

Meet Ben Baldwin and his best friend - a piebald cob named Tiger.

The 22-year-old is wheelchair bound and suffers from severe epilepsy, cerebral palsy and has learning difficulties, meaning he is sometimes too ill to visit Tiger.

And when that happens, Tiger comes to visit him - in his downstairs bedroom at the family home on Stoney Royd, Athersley North.


Mum Liz, 45, said Ben and Tiger, who is kept at Shafton, were best friends and had a wonderful connection.

"Ben absolutely adores Tiger. His face lights up when he sees him and the smile on his face is priceless.

"You'd do anything for your children and sometimes when Ben is too ill to go to see Tiger, I bring Tiger into the house.

"He never flinches when Ben has an epileptic fit, he just shows so much compassion, love, tenderness and concern as if he understands his condition. He leans in for a stroke and nuzzles Ben."

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Posted by Liz Parkhurst I Fri 30th May 2014 at 2:37pm

This brought a huge smile to my face, too.

Posted by Sallie Taylor I Tue 3rd Jun 2014 at 6:21am

This brings joy to your heart.