John and Cynthia Ferrante have some friends from South America living with them. They’re wooly, friendly and have faces like little camels.
The Ferrantes raise alpacas on their farm, Otter Peaks Alpacas, in Thaxton. Alpacas are a species of camelid, the family of animals to which camels and llamas belong. Alpacas are domestic animals that have been raised in the Andes mountains for millennia, bred specifically for their thick wool. In the Andes, they graze at altitudes of between 13,000 and 15,000 feet.