Alpaca Love

Sherry and I recently visited the Carolina Alpaca Celebration to learn a bit about alpacas. Neither one of us really knew what to expect. We learned about their husbandry, their birthing needs, their food requirements, and just how many things you can make out of alpaca wool. But the best thing we learned is that THEY ARE DARN CUTE and THEY TALK TO YOU (well, sort of). In short, we like them. In fact, I even learned how to kiss an alpaca.

Isn't that an adorable face? We were surprised by the size of these camelids. They were smaller than we anticipated.

 

I told you I learned how to kiss an alpaca. This is "Overture" and he is one friendly alpaca.

 

This one looks like a hipster alpaca. There are two types of alpacas: Huacaya (wha-ky-a) and Suri. The Huacaya has the dense, fluffy fleece and the Suri has the dreadlocks look going on. Both types of fleece are extremely soft.

As soon as we walked into the building, we were greeted by the most surreal and sweet sound– an alpaca humming. They seem to talk to you, but in a quiet, hum.

4 responses to Alpaca Love

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    julie says:

    They are just too cute! Wow, our staff and volunteers just never stop working!

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    Wendy says:

    Adorable! Can we have one? They look like a cross between a camel and a poodle.

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    leslie says:

    Do they have to be sheared regularly like sheep or do you just clip them when you want to make a pashmina?

  4. Karyn Traphagen
    Karyn Traphagen says:

    Leslie,

    The alpacas are usually sheared once a year, most often in the springtime. Their fleece is incredibly soft. The range of colors is beautiful. White alpaca wool is also dyed other colors (like red, blue, etc).

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