In the Upper Peninsula, we are used to seeing animals native to our area, but what about an animal that originates from South America?
In Norway, a farm is raising this exotic mammal and using its fur for various products. It's not a skinny donkey, a furry camel, or even a llama...it's an alpaca, and they're being raised at the Rainbow's End alpaca farm in Norway.
The alpaca's fur is one of the most coveted for its fine fibers. Rainbow's End farm has a large store that features dozens of varieties of alpaca yarn and clothing.
"Alpaca fiber is hypo-allergenic; it is five times warmer that wool," said Rainbow's End owner, Mary Lynn Verley.
The alpacas have adapted well to the U.P. environment and are very friendly creatures. Alpacas are shorn once a year; their fur is then sent to be processed and made into high-quality materials and products.