10 pictures of llamas and alpacas that will make you feel happier
If you need a little something to brighten your day, these guys are here to help. Enjoy the most cheerful pictures of alpacas and llamas – and some short facts about these adorable animals too.
#1 Alpaca vs. llama – what's the difference?
Though often confused, they are separate species belonging to different genera. Alpacas have shorter ears and weigh much less than llamas do. Learn more about the differences between the two species here.
#2 Llamas and alpacas were first domesticated around 6,000 years ago
The Incas' ancestors were the first peoples in history to domesticate llamas and alpacas. Thousands of years later, the Incas still relied on these animals a lot.
These animals played an important part in the history of South America. If you are excited about the distant past of humanity, try to ace this fun trivia quiz on ancient civilizations.
#3 The gestation period of a llama lasts for 11.5 months!
A baby llama is known as a cria.
#4 A baby alpaca is also a cria
And the gestation also takes around 350 days.
#5 Camels are their cousins!
Alpacas, llamas and camels belong the biological family Camelidae, and are known as camelids.
#6 More than 52 natural colors of the alpaca's fiber are classified in Peru
These animals do come in all colors!
#7 Llamas are mostly raised as pack animals or herd guarders
Llamas can guard herds of alpacas, but most often they look after sheep.
#8 Alpacas are mostly bred for their luxurious fiber
Ancient South American civilizations called their fleece 'The Fiber of Gods'.
#9 Llamas are highly socialized animals
They prefer to live in large groups and love making friends with people.
#10 Alpacas also live in groups and create some kind of a hierarchy to respect each other's personal space
Both llamas and alpacas can use spitting to express their outrage or discontent. They almost never spit at humans.
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