Llamas, alpacas visiting residents

The Duncan Banner   
By: Megan Prather
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Some four-legged critters are taking over the parking lot of Ashbrook Village at 2:30 p.m. Friday at 915 W Plato Road.

Llamas and Alpacas from Red Hill Llamas and Berry Sweet Suri Alpacas will make a nearly 300-mile trip with their handler, Staci Forshee, for a show-making a stop in Duncan in hopes of putting some smiles on the faces of senior residents at Ashbrook Village.

Kip Martin and his wife had a llama farm for 17 years, and his mother is a resident at Ashbrook. Forshee is his cousin, and he said she was the driving force behind the idea to bring the animals.

“She said, ‘Why don’t I come down early and take the critters out to your mom's?’” Martin said. “It brightens spirits. There are some ladies over there now who never smile, and I guarantee that you will see a smile on those ladies' faces.”

Forshee is nationally known for her animals, and she takes her llamas and alpacas to various shows around across the country, where they’ll complete obstacle courses and the like. Two animals that will make an appearance at Fridays event are Pip Squeak, a four-foot tall alpaca, and Jack, a therapy llama who has been inside of assisted living, as well as other types of centers to help residents emotionally.

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