Llama that survives California fire gives birth
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 5:19 PM - A California couple who had to leave their five llamas behind during the devastating California Camp Fire in November has gotten a double dose of good news.
When the Aldridge family returned home, they found their animals were alive and one of them was pregnant.
The proud mama gave birth last month to a baby the couple named Phoenix Hope.
"We decided that since she connects with people so well, what a wonderful thing it would be for her to become a therapy llama," Chaplain Rick Aldridge, one of Phoenix's caretakers, told CNN.
He added the llamas have acted as a form of therapy for his family.
In the near future, Phoenix Hope will be inspiring joy at a nearby health facility.
CALIFORNIA'S MOST DESTRUCTIVE FIRE
At least 85 people were killed and more than 13,000 buildings were destroyed in California's November wildfires, making it one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires the area has seen in a century.
The fires all but wiped out the Sierra foothills town of Paradise in Butte County.
Electric utility PG&E has been implicated in contributing the fire. It's believed a faulty power line, coupled with dry conditions, are what caused the fire to ignite and spread so quickly.