Alpacas have their own version of a heat index

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 | 12:00 p.m. CDT
Would you wear your heaviest winter sweater in August? Alpacas don’t have a choice. Even after a shearing alpacas have enough wool to put them in danger of overheating. They depend on their owners to keep them safe and comfortable in the heat.

COLUMBIA — Mary and Gary Licklider, owners of Curly Eye Alpacas, have a herd of 21 animals. The alpaca, a relative of llamas and camels, is native to the Andes Mountains of South America, but the animals are increasingly popular in the United States because of their fine wool and pleasant temperaments.

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