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Llama Camp Fire Survivor Gives Birth to 'Phoenix Hope'

A Butte Valley couple who survived the Camp Fire is finding solace in a happy surprise that came just over a month after the fire was fully contained.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2019 5:21 PM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 7:22 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A Butte Valley couple who survived the Camp Fire is finding solace in a happy surprise that came just over a month after the fire was fully contained.

The owners had no idea their llama was pregnant and they had to leave their five llamas behind when they evacuated during the Camp Fire.

Then, on Dec. 29, the llama gave birth to a baby that the couple named "Phoenix Hope." 

The owners told Action News Now how they got reconnected with the llamas thanks to the help of animal rescue volunteers.

"One day animal rescue called us and said, 'we're gonna look for your llamas,'" said Chaplain Rick Aldridge. "And it didn't take them long, they found our herd and they were only a few blocks away at our neighbor's house that had a big open field or front lawn that was green and couple of other llamas, some emu and some deer."

Chaplain Aldridge said caring for the llamas has been a form of therapy for him and his wife, and that she will be used as a therapy animal for patients at Feather River Adventist Health, and for anyone who stops to visit for that matter.

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