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Popular Cape Girardeau alpaca enjoying his new life

An alpaca on a busy corner, with three travelers, and a dog.  People driving by were baffled by what they saw. (Source: KFVS) An alpaca on a busy corner, with three travelers, and a dog. People driving by were baffled by what they saw. (Source: KFVS)
Flickinger may have saved the life of the alpaca now named Unicorn. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Flickinger may have saved the life of the alpaca now named Unicorn. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
When he came to the ranch he was injured with sores from sitting in the van, his eyes damaged from the harness, and infested with fleas. (Source, KFVS) When he came to the ranch he was injured with sores from sitting in the van, his eyes damaged from the harness, and infested with fleas. (Source, KFVS)
Unicorn lives at Tower Ranch with over thirty other alpacas - all of them female.  Flickinger says Unicorn has taken responsibility of them. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Unicorn lives at Tower Ranch with over thirty other alpacas - all of them female. Flickinger says Unicorn has taken responsibility of them. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
PERRY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Back in September of 2015 you may have seen something unusual on the side of the road in Cape Girardeau.

An alpaca on a busy corner, with three travelers, and a dog.

People driving by were baffled by what they saw.

Dawn Flickinger the co-owner of Tower Ranch in Perry county rescued the alpaca with the help of Mac's Mission a Cape based non-profit.

Flickinger may have saved the life of the alpaca now named Unicorn.

"Unicorn was stuffed the back of a three seat passenger van. He had the width of the van, and they put him in there up against the back seat and the back door," explained Flickinger.

Now the alpaca has nothing but space.

Unicorn lives at Tower Ranch with over thirty other alpacas - all of them female.

Flickinger says Unicorn has taken responsibility of them.

"He takes care of the girls," says Flickinger. "He'll run out front when someone shows up and protect them."

The animal's road to recovery wasn't easy.

When he came to the ranch he was injured with sores from sitting in the van, his eyes damaged from the harness, and infested with fleas.

"I think Unicorn is going to be happy now. He's going to be healthy," Flickinger said.

She also believes when Unicorn first came to the ranch he knew he was free.

"All the sudden he looked up towards the end of the field and started running, and I started crying," Flickinger said with a smile. "I thought 'oh my gosh, how long has it been since he could act like an alpaca?'"

Flickinger believes animal rescue is incredibly rewarding. 

"If you can take an animal that's been abused, and help them out, and put them in a loving family it just means the world." she said.

She plans to keep Unicorn until she can find a family that can properly care for him.

Rainbow, the Labrador retriever rescued with Unicorn was recently adopted by a local family through the Cape Girardeau Humane Society.

Flickinger says the dog is with a happy home.

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