Llamas, Alpaca Make Appearance At Chappaqua Library

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Gail Bennett attempts a demonstration with Juliet, one of her rescue farm llamas.
Gail Bennett attempts a demonstration with Juliet, one of her rescue farm llamas. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Gail Bennett with Juliet, who is one of her rescue farm llamas.
Gail Bennett with Juliet, who is one of her rescue farm llamas. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Rescue farm llamas Snickers, left, and Juliet visit the Chappaqua Library
Rescue farm llamas Snickers, left, and Juliet visit the Chappaqua Library Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Dizzy, an alpaca, made an appearance at the Chappaqua Library.
Dizzy, an alpaca, made an appearance at the Chappaqua Library. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Rescue farm llamas Snickers, left, and Juliet stroll around at the Chappaqua Library
Rescue farm llamas Snickers, left, and Juliet stroll around at the Chappaqua Library Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Dizzy, an alpaca, visited the Chappaqua Library.
Dizzy, an alpaca, visited the Chappaqua Library. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The Chappaqua Library was host to an unusual event Thursday evening, July 10, with the arrival of two llamas and an alpaca from a rescue farm in Putnam Valley. The trio were taken inside the building and out to the courtyard, where several kids were on hand

Miriam Budin, the library's head of children's services, discussed why the llamas were present. She mentioned that the library offers a pajama story time every Thursday night during the summer. She added, “And when we heard that it was possible to get llamas to visit, we thought the rhyme was irresistible.” Budin also noted that books about llamas would be read.

The animals came from Michael and Gail Bennett's farm, Hudson Valley Llamas. The llamas that were brought to the library are named Juliet and Snickers, while the alpaca is named Dizzy. Gail Bennett explained that the animals were brought to the library so they can socialize and so people can have the opportunity to see llamas.

While llamas and alpacas are different animals, Gail Bennett said they are “closely related.”

The rescue farm's website is available here.e A

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