Thursday, January 10, 2008

Did you know?

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years. There are no wild alpacas.

Alpacas and llamas differ in that alpacas have straight ears and llamas have banana shaped ears. Aside from these differences, llamas are on average 1-2 feet taller and proportionally bigger than alpacas. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike them are not used as beasts of burden but are valued only for their fiber. (And their friendship!)

Alpacas and llamas can (and do) successfully cross-breed. The resulting offspring are called huarizo, which are valued for their unique fleece and often have gentle temperaments and are suitable for pets.


Anonymous Anita said...

I can't wait to ride one in Peru !!

Thu Jan 10, 12:30:00 PM EST  

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