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Scott Elmore has a nose-to-nose discussion with an affable alpaca. Above right the animals are generally docile and sociable, but, like humans, some can be grumpy. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Alpacas provide cuddly retirement experience

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Scott and Linda Elmore bid farewell to their occupations in the metro, but concluded, "55 was too young to retire."

They shared this quandary with friends who suggested they consider raising alpacas.


They were initially incredulous. "Alpacas?"

But after hours of research, schooling, farm tours and interviews with alpaca aficionados, the couple agreed.

Now they are on a first- name basis with 27 of the affable critters on their Foothills Alpaca Farm.

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