Llama Lovers Start New Exotic Pet Trend

If a dog or a cat seems too traditional, consider adding this large mammal to your family.
2:05 | 07/05/13

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because so many eyes are on this article in "the new york times." You saw the llamas. And we were opening this up. This tells the story. The llama in the kitchen with the mom. She considers herself a mother, too, to this llama. They have devoted fans. A growing community of llama lovers, making these mammals a member of their own family. And aditi roy, up close and personal. Reporter: Gary and karina live an idyllic life in their upstate new york home. They sit on their porch, enjoy each other's company and pamper their pets. Rub your back. Reporter: Yes, their pets. I love the llamas. Reporter: Not one. Not two. But 55. They're like potato chips. You can't just have one. Reporter: It started out as one. My friends said my husband and I wanted a llama. When we got married, he gave me dakota as a wedding gift. Reporter: You're the guy that started all this? Well, it's true. I gave my wife her first llama as a wedding present. They're just 2 of 30,000 people in the u.S. Who own llamas. According to, what else? The international llama registry. It says there's 163,000 llamas in the u.S. Is the llama the new dog? You have to have some land to have them. Reporter: But make no mistake. This isn't 101 dalmatians. They don't cost a lot to feed. They cost about as much as feeding a dog. Reporter: And llamas can be finicky about humans. Whoa. Keeps walking away. I seem to be a llama deterrent. The llamas like them just fine. They even watch tv with them. What does she like to watch? You think he likes "good morning america"? Reporter: Good answer, shooter. These llama lovers say there's something special about living with these gentle giants. Or in their case, among them. Aditi roy. A new member of our abc family.

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