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A chance to 'learn llama'

Teri Conroy and her llamas will be at Faddegon's Nursery in Latham on Saturday, Oct. 13. The public is welcome to take walks with the llamas.

Teri Conroy and her llamas will be at Faddegon's Nursery in Latham on Saturday, Oct. 13. The public is welcome to take walks with the llamas.

About a year ago, Conroy taught herself how to spin llama yarn. She shears the animals in the spring, then washes the yarn, dries it and dyes it. It tends to be fancier than regular yarn and is used chiefly as an embellishment, maybe on cuffs and collars.

"It's really pretty," Conroy said. "And it's all one of a kind. People like that."

Her llamas and that lone alpaca, which was near death when she got it and not only rebounded but assimilated with the llamas, are joined at the farm by three goats, a mini horse and a mini donkey. The days of thinking she couldn't connect with animals are long gone.

"I'm happy, they're happy," she said.

The family fun day at Faddegon’s Nursery runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. walks with Conroy’s llamas will be available for $5, with all proceeds benefitting the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The day will also feature pumpkin carving contests, Olympic pumpkin races, free cider and cider donuts and plant sales.

For more information on Wunsapana Farm, visit wunsapanafarm.com.

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