Posted: Sep 29, 2013 5:31 PM by KBZK News
Updated: Sep 29, 2013 7:23 PM
BOZEMAN - Hundreds of people turned out for for National Alpaca Days in Bozeman on Saturday.
Kids and adults were given a cup of feed to give the Alpacas, some of them eating straight out of their hands.
Alpacas of Montana, located on Cottonwood Road in Bozeman, is a ranch with more than 100 alpacas, which operates year-round.
Alpaca ranching is growing in popularity across the United States, as the animals are becoming known for their high-quality wool and gentle demeanors.
Alpacas of Montana owners James and Sarah Budd raise the alpacas for this wool, which is made into many different products.
Sarah says the annual event is a great way to show people what alpacas are all about.
She noted, "It's just welcoming people to experience that it's not an emu, it's not a llama, it's actually an alpaca, and what the difference is such as great fleece, very gentle, very low-key animals."