Pisco, a Peruvian alpaca, is seen at San Bartolo Beach in Lima, Peru, on March 16. Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi has spent a decade training dogs to ride on the nose of his surf board, and now is the first to do so with an aplaca. Alpacas, which resemble llamas and have been domesticated for thousands of years, are typically kept in herds in the Andes. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Surfer Domingo Pianezzi puts cotton in Pisco's ears before they enter the water at San Bartolo Beach in Lima, Peru on March 12. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
A wet Pisco, Domingo Pianezzi's alpaca, is carried off San Bartolo Beach in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 1. Pilar Olivares/Reuters/FILE
Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi and his alpaca, Pisco, run at San Bartolo Beach on Feb. 1. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Surfer Domingo Pianezzi and his alpaca, Pisco, enter the water early Feb. 1, in Lima, Peru. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Pianezzi carries Pisco into the water on Feb. 1, as part of surfing training. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Pianezzi continues to train alpaca, Pisco, to surf. Here the pair is seen in the water at San Bartolo Beach on Feb. 5. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Pianezzi paddles out to catch a wave as Pisco rides on the front of his surf board on March 12 in Lima, Peru. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi and Pisco fall while riding a wave on March 12 in Lima, Peru. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Domingo Pianezzi becomes the first man to train an alpaca to ride on the nose of his surf board. Here, Pianezzi and Pisco catch a wave on March 16, at San Bartolo Beach. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.