September 26, 2010 – Ahualoa, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Tim Bryan
Residents had a chance to meet some unusual creatures this weekend.
These alpacas are living peacefully on a farm in Ahulaloa, which is a long way from their native habitat in South America.
Although Hawaii is generally too hot for the animals, owner Jenny Brundage says they are right at home at these higher, cooler elevations.
The public was invited to visit the herd as a part of National Alpaca Farm Days, promoted by the 4,000-member Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association as a way to educate the public about the animal.
The animals are related to camels and llamas, and are shorn for their soft hair, said to be warmer than sheep’s wool. The fiber fetches about $5 an ounce.
One of the highlights for visitors was the introduction of this unnamed cria, or baby alpaca, which was born only 5 days ago.