no wonder Michael Jackson had a llama … they’re not only cute, but ones with the right temperament can also be certified therapists, too! 🙂
There are approximately 10,000 therapy animals in the United States. Of those, 14 are llamas. That’s good for 0.14% [Source]. In an article published last year for Colors Magazine (Issue #83 ‘Happiness’ published April 16, 2012), photographer Jen Osborne accompanied two certified llama therapists as they visited the Bellingham Health and Rehabilitation Center in Washington, USA.
According to Colors Magazine, all residents are recovering from illness and most are elderly. Many have been there for years and have ever met a llama in person.
To read more about the history of animal therapy, check out the full article at Colors Magazine.
Seen here are Marisco and N.H. Flight of the Eagle, two therapy llamas trained by Niki Kuklenski of
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