My current wip, Rori's Healing, features llamas, and I thought it might be fun and informative to get some hands-on experience. So Hubby and I loaded Little Man into the car and took a ride to Four Ladies & Me llama farm where owner Michael West was kind enough to show us around their family's lovely farm. He probably felt like he answered a gazillion questions. He would be right.
The beautiful animals were curious from the moment we drove up. Llamas tend to be social, and you can't have just one.
I am so glad we visited. Michael shattered some misconceptions I had from earlier research. Like llamas hum when they're happy. Not. We heard them hum, but it wasn't because they were content. He'd called them over, and they came running, expecting food. When he didn't deliver, they hummed, much like a cow's moo but softer. Aren't they handsome fellas?
I came prepared with an extra set of clothes for everybody because my research also revealed that llamas spit. Some do, but mostly at other llamas. They usually only spit at people if they were raised with extensive human handling, like in a petting zoo. These guys behaved themselves, but I did witness an alpaca spitting at a llama.
Llama mamas aren't typically protective or nurturing, but Peaches here hardly let us get close to her two-day-old baby, which is called a cria. What a doll, right?
Little Man enjoyed hanging out on the farm.
We all had a great time and were sad to see the visit come to an end. Do you think Little Man dreamed about llamas?
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