Calypso Farm shines spotlight on rescued llama
BY GINGER BRASHINGER Correspondent August 22, 2013 10:35PM
Kim Peters, owner of Calypso Farm, in Lockport, walks among her llamas at feeding time. | Ginger Brashinger~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:16AM
Kim and John Peters, owners of Calypso Farm in Lockport, intend to make a big deal for the 11th birthday of Angel, their miracle llama.
Everyone is invited.
The working farm, filled with many exotic animals and some pretty awesome native species, will host its biannual “open barn/estate sale” event with Angel as the featured attraction.
Angel not only survived her six-week premature birth, but survived it as a twin — a very rare occurrence in the llama world, Kim Peters said.
In the summer of 2002, Kim Peters found Angel on the floor of an outdoor building near her stillborn twin brother. Angel was already cold, but still breathing.
Peters took her into the family home rather than take a chance that Angel’s mother — who had just given birth for the first time — could properly care for the newborn. Peters warmed her with a hair dryer and maintained her body heat while bottle feeding cow’s milk.
Angel flourished, Peters said, although she wouldn’t let anyone other than Kim and John feed her.
“We had to take her everywhere with us,” Peters said.
After about a month, Angel was turned out to pasture with the other llamas and is now among the 19 llamas (and one alpaca) that help support the farm.
Peters said Calypso Farm sells llama and alpaca wool to spinners who buy it to make textiles. Also, many area farmers purchase the whole llama.
“Llamas are good guard animals because they are so curious,” Peters said. She said when a predator like a coyote, approaches a flock, the llamas will send out a high-pitched warning cry and aggressively go after the predator.
“(The coyotes) just turn tail and run as fast as they can,” Peters said.
Despite the working farm producing some of the income necessary to keep the animals fed, sheltered and healthy, there is still a need for fundraising, Peters said.
The biannual open house events help pay for food for about 100 animals on the 22-acre farm.
Despite the enormous amount of work involved, Kim and John Peters have been holding the open house for years. It’s a labor of love.
The Calypso Farm Open Barn/Estate Sale will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 17875 S. Gougar Road, Lockport.
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