Claire went to Peru a few weeks and started an unusual obsession with Alpaca. Not Llama. Alpaca.
Now, I’m no expert on South American animals so I asked what the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama was and, like me, Claire had no idea.
So, I’ve decided to make a blogpost on the battle of these furry, horsey sheep.
And here we go.
The alpaca and llama may look the same in different pictures but they are actually rather different. Putting them next to each other you will be able to see that the llama is actually 200lbs heavier than the alpaca and they are also much smaller. Llamas also have long banana-shaped ears while alpacas have shorter spear-shaped ears.
Alpaca’s have very soft fur that can be used for wool. It’s easy to maintain and is a luxurious fleece. Whereas Llama’s fleece is very coarse and almost wire like. Alpaca fleece is nearly as strong as silk and it’s also very durable. It's also soft, lightweight, glossy and very thermally efficient.
Alpaca fleeces have the best range of colours compared to any other animal that is used for fleece. There are least 22 colours ranging from true black through to pure white, and many different shades.
Llamas are known for herd guarding Alpaca’s on the fields as they are very brave however Alpaca’s are rather timid and gentle and need protection.
Alpacas are timid, easy to train and handle, and exceedingly intelligent. They rarely bite, spit or kick and have far less problems than other farming livestock.
Llamas and Alpacas rarely spit. It may seem that they do it often as they are known for just spitting at people but that’s not always the case. In some cases it could literally be because some are just crabbier that others. They don’t need to spit unless they feel threatened or annoyed. You can tell if they is the case by them pinning their ears back, lifting their chin up and making some form of ‘pfft’ noise.
The ironic thing is that they HATE the taste of their spit. After they’ve done it they will stand for a few minutes with their ears a little bit bent and their mouths hanging open and then they will walk around looking for some form of mint or fresh leaf! Get how smart that is!
I love a good post about animal facts.