As many smiles as possible': Therapy alpacas bring relief to Canberrans

The Canberra Times    
By: Andrew Brown
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Original content from The Canberra Times

While you'd expect to find alpacas on farms and properties, a pair of them are helping to bring smiles and joy to those who need it most in Canberra.

Mimosa and Hercules are therapy alpacas, who make regular visits to hospitals, palliative care facilities, retirement villages and even streets around Civic.

The alpacas are owned by Nils Lantzke. He and Stephanie Dean have been using therapy alpacas to bring much needed relief to Canberrans for more than 15 years.

While therapy animals such as dogs are more common in hospitals, Mr Lantzke said there were many benefits to using alpacas.

"They're very sensitive and they're very intuitive animals," Mr Lantzke said.

"They just bring out delight and big smiles in people. In a very short time, you can create more than 200 smiles, which is hard to do otherwise."

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