Christmas at Harley Hill Farm in Quakertown

69 News      
By: Lauren Castle
Photo: By Ryan Howley/Flickr  
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Maybe alpacas aren't the first think you think of when it comes to Christmas, but at Harley Hill Farm in Quakertown they are all part of the holiday fun.

At the farm, you can get your Christmas tree, finish up some holiday shopping, and visit with the alpacas.

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UT professor helps save alpaca with technology

6 ABC WATE       
By: Lauren Castle
Photo: Courtesy of University of Arkansas at Little Rock  
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(WATE) - A young alpaca has a new chance at life thanks to researchers at the University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Hercules broke his leg at a ranch in Lebanon, Tennessee when he was only 24-hours-old.

The animal needed a plasma transfusion and to be bottle-fed for months. However, his health became worse due to an open wound and an exposed bone which led to an infection.

Hercules' veterinarian sent him to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment.

UTCVM's Dr. Pierre-Yves Mulon decided to treat the young alpaca with the NuCress scaffold.

The NuCress was developed by UA Little Rock's Dr. Alexandru S. Biris and UTCVM's Dr. David Anderson. The technology is implanted at the wound site and can be filled with drugs, hormones or stem cells to fight an infection and help with bone growth.

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Storybook Alpacas holds last Christmas open house

Richland Source        
By: Tracy Geibel
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture  
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MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP – When Reba Matern wrote a story about alpacas for her grandchildren one Christmas, she didn’t realize how much it’d impact her life.

But about 15 years later, at possibly the last open house at the Storybook Alpacas farm, Matern knows that unique Christmas gift was only the beginning of the story for her and her husband Joe, who now own 14 alpacas.

“A couple times when we’ve shared the alpacas with people, they’ve just looked up at me with this big grin on their face, and said, ‘It’s the best day of my life,’” Reba recalled. “And it’s not always children. It’s adults, too, who really enjoy it.”

To Reba, sharing the alpacas with other people at the farm’s open houses is the most rewarding part of raising the animals.

The couple welcomed people to visit the alpacas and Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 3 as part of their annual “Christmas in the Barn with Santa.” Guests could sit on Santa’s lap, feed the alpacas, see a yarn spinning demonstration and visit the gift shop.

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