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"The Llama is a wooly sort of fleecy hairy goat,
With an indolent expression and an undulating throat
Like an unsuccessful literary man.
And I know the place he lives in (or at least- I think I do)
It is Ecuador, Brazil or Chile- possibly Peru"
~ Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
Llamas are currently trending! Why you might ask? It has become the fashion to include them as weddings guests and give them prominent positions in wedding photographs! Who knew? And if you have a kilted wedding, perhaps the well-appointed llama might appear in this tartan! The intelligent, curious, and photogenic llama, who along with the alpaca and his wild cousins - guanacos and vicuñas - is a member of the camel family! However, llamas and their close cousins do not have the characteristic camel humps; they are slender-bodied with long legs and long necks, short tails, small heads, and in the case of the llama, "llong" and "llarge" pointed ears! In the Andes Mountains of Peru, llama fleece has been shorn and used in textiles for about 6,000 years. Llama wool is light, warm and water-repellent. Domesticated llamas that are well-socialized and trained to a halter and lead can be very friendly and pleasant. However, llamas that are over-socialized and over-handled as youths may become extremely difficult to handle when mature, treating humans as another llama, with bouts of spitting, kicking and neck wrestling! They have a variety of calls including an alarm call, a loud, shrill sound which rhythmically rises and falls, and a hum, groaning noises "mwa" a sign of fear or anger, and the "orgle" a harsh gargling sound made by the interested male llama with the glad eye for the females. And as for colours, llamas come in a range of solid and spotted colors including black, gray, beige, brown, red and white *more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, some of which are represented in this tartan design! Go llamas! 🦙 🦙 🦙
Tartan design by Aljean of Vancouver
The current population of llamas and alpacas in South America is estimated to be more than 7 million, and there are about 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the U.S. and Canada today.
Llamas live to be about 20-30 years old.
A baby llama is called a “cria.” It’s pronounced KREE-uh. Mama llamas usually only have one baby at a time. Llama twins are incredibly rare. Pregnancy lasts for about 350 days—nearly a full year.
Having a llama at your wedding is a current unusual trend, click the llama for more details.