Alpaca's savage beating rattles Ohio

In this March 26, 2010 photo, Jeff Pergram pets a 1-week-old alpaca being held by Carrie Davis at her alpaca ranch in Trenton, Ohio. Two 17-year old boys have been charged in the beating death of a 3-month old alpaca owned by Pergram. ((AP Photo/Al Behrman))

May 13, 2010 7:00:12 AM PDT
Almost as comforting as the soft sweaters made from alpaca fleece is the affection that the llama-like animals from South America bestow on their owners. Jeff Pergram's alpaca, named Masterpiece, would trail and nuzzle him.