How Therapy Llamas Bring Joy to the Sick and Elderly
There are approximately 10,000 therapy animals in the United States. Of those, 14 are llamas. That’s good for 0.14% [Source]. In an article published last year for Colors Magazine (Issue #83 ‘Happiness’ published April 16, 2012), photographer Jen Osborne accompanied two certified llama therapists as they visited the Bellingham Health and Rehabilitation Center in Washington, USA.
According to Colors Magazine, all residents are recovering from illness and most are elderly. Many have been there for years and have ever met a llama in person.
To read more about the history of animal therapy, check out the full article at Colors Magazine.
Seen here are Marisco and N.H. Flight of the Eagle, two therapy llamas trained by Niki Kuklenski of JNK Llamas. To qualify, llamas must be at least two years old, have never been bottle-fed, and undergo a battery of tests to gauge how they react to stressful situations. Only a select number of llamas have the temperament to be certified therapists. [Source]
– JEN OSBORNE Photography
– COLORS Magazine Issue #83 ‘Happiness’ (April 16, 2012)
– JNK Llamas
– Registered Therapy Llamas Marisco & Flight on Facebook
– Slate – Old People and Llamas: A Love Story
– Huffington Post: Photos Of Llamas Visiting A Health Center Reaffirm Our Faith In The World
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