An awesome assortment of livestock is in attendance here at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash. Pigs, sheep and goats are well represented, but most exciting for me was the opportunity to meet alpacas for the very first time yesterday. As with any first encounter (animal or otherwise), I was a bit timid at the outset, but after just a few minutes, I was so taken with the pair of friendly critters that I hopped right inside their cage, accompanied by their owner, Becky Venn of Alpacas of Wintercreek, based in Auburn, Wash.
Check out the video below to see what Becky had to say about the advantages of keeping alpacas and using alpaca fiber, complete with cameos from the charming animals themselves!
Megan Hirt is an Associate Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find her on Google+.