Oregon hospital gets therapy llama, alpaca

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Providence Children's Center receives visits from an alpaca named Napoleon and a llama named Rojo as therapy animals to cheer up patients.

"I never realized the power animals have to bring healing and joy to people like this," said Kelly Schmidt, a social worker at Providence Children's Center in Oregon. "I truly believe they are given a purpose more than just entertainment."

Rojo is an "old pro" at making children happier, according to Schmidt. His owner, Lori Gregory, operator of Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas in Vancouver, Wash., told the station that once at a local fair someone suggested her huggable llama become a therapy animal. The rest was history, and Gregory said like the patients, she too feels a rush when she introduces her animals -- which are often dressed in funny hats and other silly outfits -- at hospitals and other medical facilities.

Read more at CBS.

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