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Paro the Mechanical Baby Seal Helps Sick & Elderly Heal

By: Rose Nazarali - Published:   Updated: Jul 20 2011 • References: paro.jp and inhabitots
Paro, a baby robot seal, is the newest innovation in animal therapy. Designed to help the sick and the elderly, this baby seal even comes equipped with an electronic pacifier.

Animal therapy has been a proven healing aid for the elderly and hospital patients and is commonly used for uplifting patients' spirits.

Paro is also able to express real emotions such as happiness and anger as it reacts to human interactions.

Implications - This cuddly creature provides someone suffering and bedridden with a source of entertainment, and something to care for. It gives them hope, and may alleviate their suffering.