Clark County’s most celebrated four-legged friend, Rojo the Llama, will be euthanized Wednesday.
The fluffy ginger beast, who celebrated his retirement in October, apparently started showing signs of illness over the weekend, according to his Facebook feed.
But fret not, his handler Shannon Joy said in an Instagram stream Tuesday. His legacy will live on. Rojo will be stuffed and mounted in the Sensory Safari at the Washington State School for the Blind. Students at the school are encouraged to touch the animals, offering an opportunity to experience nature in a unique way.
“Even when he passes, he’ll still be enriching lives,” Joy said in the video, speaking through tears.
Rojo, 17, and his people, Joy and her mother, Lori Gregory, have spent the last 12 years sharing his gentle temperament at children’s hospitals, assisted living communities and hundreds of public events.
The often fashionably attired camelid was a registered therapy animal through DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, earning Rojo and his family’s farm a place in livestock history. He’s been featured on National Geographic Wild’s show “Unlikely Animal Friends” and in O, The Oprah Magazine.