Stray cats and dogs are a fairly (and sadly) common thing. So that rarely makes news. However, on November 1st a stray, injured alpaca came to the attention of the Boulder County Sheriff's Department in Colorado. The animal was found on Indian Lookout Road in the town of Lyons. She has been named LC for having been found in Lyons Crest and is now recuperating at a horse rescue in Longmont.
During the first six days after LC had been found no one came forward to claim her. She is recovering from a severe eye injury at the Knick O' Time Horse and Barnyard Rescue where there are currently no horses available for adoption. In addition to LC there are also goats, ducks, and chickens looking for a good home. LC is desperately in need of eye surgery to remove the eye and the rescue is trying to raise the funds necessary to pay for the procedure and the post-operative care. To donate to LC's care, click here.
Alpacas are originally from South America and have been domesticated for thousands of years. They are related to llamas and camels, but are considerably smaller. Unlike these relatives, they are not bred to be pack animals. Instead they are bred entirely for their wool. This fiber is woven or knitted into a variety of products the same as sheep's wool. The wool comes in 16 natural shades.
LC is not currently available for adoption but will be looking for a good home once she has fully recovered from her surgery. Considering that it can cost thousands of dollars to buy an alpaca, being able to adopt is a good option for someone looking to love an alpaca. She is not a house pet and needs room outdoors to move and graze, as well as a decent shelter. If I were to adopt her I would rename her "Elsie." Just sayin'.
Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the incident to determine if animal abandonment or cruelty charges are warranted.
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