Llamas And Alpacas Put An Adorable New Spin On The Therapy Animal

Save the drama for your llama.

How would you like to get some emotional support from a llama? What about an alpaca? You may not expect to see these furry creatures in your neighborhood medical facility, but they're gaining quite the reputation as therapy animals.

On Tuesday's edition of HuffPost Live's Pet Show, host Nancy Redd met Rojo and Napoleon, a llama and alpaca, respectively, who are part of the crew at Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas in Brush Prairie, Washington. They've become so popular that Rojo has his own book on the way, Rojo The Perfectly Imperfect Llama, which is set for release in April.

Also joining the segment was Lauren Gaffney, the program director of the Memory Support Unity at the Lifecare Center of Nashoba Valley, which has been welcoming llamas to visit with its patients.

"The first time [patients] see them, it's a little disconcerting, but then it's just excitement," Gaffney said. "It's not something you see every day, a llama coming into the building, so it's something that family members of long-term residents and even some of our rehab residents make sure they're here to see. It happens usually once, twice a week, so it's pretty exciting around here."

Hey, maybe we've found a retirement plan for the notorious llamas on the loose of 2015?

Check out the video above to meet Rojo and Napoleon and learn more about how they're uplifting spirits. 

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