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Alpacas help clean up Gulf Coast oil spill

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The President is calling the oil spill off of the Louisiana coast an "environmental disaster." Here in the Tri-Cities, some people are doing what they can to help out with the situation, but in some unusual ways.

"It is useful, any natural hair apparently will absorb oil when it's put in the sea water. It won't absorb the water, but it will absorb the oil off the water," Alpaca raiser Brenda Trammell says.

Today Brenda is helping sheer Alpacas. After their wool falls off, part of it is sent to the Gulf to help soak up the oil.

"What I understand they're going to do is they'll stuff it into things like pantyhose and make a boom out of it, then apparently the cuticle on the fiber actually absorbs oil," she says. 

Who knew, during a huge environmental disaster, each Alpaca can make a difference.

Brenda says they will send roughly 100 pounds of Alpaca wool by next week. 

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