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Llamas Have Become Popular Therapy Animals

Move over, therapy dogs. Here come the llamas!

Llamas and alpacas are simultaneously growing more common in therapeutic settings. While a handful are registered with Pet Partners, a national nonprofit clearinghouse for therapy animals, most are simply family farm pets whose owners take them to hospitals, college campuses and senior centers to ease people's stress.

At Pet Partners, 94%  of the registered therapy animals are dogs, but there are 20 llamas and alpacas in the mix, said Elisabeth Van Every, a spokeswoman for the group. (Most are llamas, which are much larger than alpacas and typically far friendlier to humans.)

Writing in The New York Times, Jennifer A. Kingson explains how the charismatic camelids are increasingly being used for therapeutic purposes in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. "The novelty factor is a big part of the appeal, along with the creatures' big-eyed, empathetic gaze," she writes.

Source: The New York Times

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Llamas VS Alpacas: Learn The Difference

We all love Llamas and Alpacas, but do you know how to differentiate between the two? Yeah, we have no either. 

Until we read these very informative infographics! Now we're Llama and Alpaca pros! Go on, ask us anything. 

To sum up what we learned here today: Alpacas are adorable and sweet. Llamas are adorable, want to kill you and spit on your grave. 

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Joy and Derpiness: 17 Derpy Llamas And Alpacas

Few animals have the power to make us smile quite like alpacas. There's just something about these cute animals that's difficult not to like. Don't believe us? Then check out this list we have compiled for you. 

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Scientists Say Llamas Could Help Save The World From The Flu And People Love The Idea

In a study published by the Science journal, researchers discovered an antibody found in llamas that could become an important component in a universal flu vaccine. Check out what the people on twitter thought about it. 

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Meanwhile In Canada: llamas Costumes Contest

A total of 19 costumed llamas and their handlers competed in the annual event at the Norfolk County Fair in southwestern Ontario few days ago and we thought there's nothing better than that on Spooktober. 

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These Llamas Have It Better Than You

Llama life is significantly more interesting and rewarding than almost any other sort of life. It's a fact. Please share any llamas GIFs (or videos that you want made into GIFs) in the comments.

Another fact is that some of these GIFs are alpacas, but camelids all enjoy pretty sweet lives.

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