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This is Roger, the alpaca. He looks very independent and unattached. He never comes to the gate to greet clinicians or clients, nor is he social with other animals. It appears that Roger just does not show his affection, but he actually cares.

His brother, Marko, died in May due to a neurological issue, and Roger was very, very upset. We hadn’t seen before that Roger was emotionally connected to his brother, but he was really grieving over Marko’s body. He was touching the body and cleaning his brother’s face. It looked like he wanted to fix the situation, but he could not.

However, time heals wounds. Together with the other alpaca, George, Roger enjoys sunny days and green leaves from the trees. He looks calm and unattached again. Yet, now we know that this reserved animal actually has a very gentle and loving heart.

The alpaca brothers, Mark and Roger

The alpaca brothers, Mark and Roger