The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

July 28, 2013

Future veternarian off to good start


To a casual visitor, the eight alpacas — and one newborn — at Carli McMahan’s home might all look alike with their fuzzy heads, slender necks and long legs.

But the teenager knows them apart.

“They all have different temperaments and personalities,” she said. “It’s interesting to see how they mix.”

Sometimes, she just grabs a book and reads nearby, while an alpaca sniffs her hair. Or she and other family members will simply watch them as they graze or interact in their corral. The animals communicate with various sounds.

At times, the alpha male will attack another male, and the two will rear up, spit at each other (nasty stuff, usually made up of regurgitated food), and wrestle for dominance.

“They’re fun to watch,” her father, Chad McMahan said.

The family, which also includes mom, Nicole, and brother, Alexander, 14, lives near Covington, Ind.

Taking care of the four females, four males and a newborn male is preparing Carli for her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated in January from Seeger High School and finished a semester at Danville Area Community College. She’ll continue at DACC in the fall, and later transfer to Purdue or the University of Illinois.

“I’ve always loved animals,” said Carli, who’s almost 18.

She’s had a lot of practice, having grown up around animals, including dogs, ducks, rabbits, goats and chickens. She used to spend summers on her grandparents’ horse ranch near Williamsport, Ind.

She even learned how to raise newborn Labrador puppies after the mother died.

Carli decided to raise alpacas in order to earn an FFA state degree through the Supervised Agricultural Experience (which she didn’t finish). Last summer, she saved the money she earned detasseling corn, and bought six in August. She bought two more in March.

Text Only
Local News
  • Police, Fire Reports

    April 24, 2014

  • One man hospitalized after overnight shooting

    Police continue to investigate an overnight shooting that left one man in the hospital.

    April 24, 2014

  • D118 OKs uniform dress code DANVILLE -- Next school year will usher in a new way of dressing for school for most of Danville District 118's students. School board members voted 4-3 Wednesday night to implement districtwide a uniform standard of dress for all students in grades

    April 24, 2014

  • Alderman organizes diversity talk DANVILLE - Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Davis has helped organize a diversity conference. Diversity is the state of having people who are of different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization, according to a press release. Davis, in a

    April 24, 2014

  • Day care closes for church growth DANVILLE - Growth at Second Church of Christ is causing the closure of a day care that sees 95 children daily. A letter given to parents and published in the Commercial-News this week announced the upcoming closure of the Two by Two Christian Early E

    April 24, 2014

  • CASA planning racy event for fundraiser DANVILLE -- A day at the horse races is the theme for a fundraiser and auction for the local Court Appointed Special Advocates. This is the third year for the CASA's Night at the Races and Hometown Celebrity Auction, scheduled for Friday at the Knigh

    April 24, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls: Tuesday, 8:43-8:55 a.m. -- A car fire at Kentucky Fried Chicken, 12 N. Bowman Ave. Tuesday, 8:54-9:09 a.m. -- A false alarm at Schlarman Academy, 1307 N. Walnut St. Tuesday, 9:51-9:58 a.m. -- A medical c

    April 24, 2014

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include: Danville Monday: Battery in the 400 block of Oak Street. Fuel theft at Circle K, 121 S. Gilbert St. Fuel theft at Circle K, 121 S. Gilbert St. Property damage in the 1600 block of East Main Street. Disorderly con

    April 24, 2014

  • Malcolm Dunn Third arrest made in shooting case DANVILLE -- City police arrested a third suspect Tuesday in connection with a triple shooting last week on Danville's east side. Malcolm Dunn, 21, of the 1000 block of Moore Street, was arrested just before 6 p.m. Tuesday as part of a traffic stop by

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • VermFestivalChorus3.jpg Doing it justice The 35-member Vermilion Festival Chorus will join voices for Mozart's "Requiem Mass in D-minor" for the first time in 15 years. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St. David Schroeder is th

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Must Read