Naked Alpacas

We used to have naked sheep once a year- check out last year’s sheep shearing. The four of them lost about 21 pounds of wool. Much less than the 35 pounds the 4 sheep took off last year This is our first year shearing alpacas and today was the day. They no longer look like this:

 

Ray experiences her first complete shearing

Jonathan lays the alpacas down, straightens them out, and ties their legs. It goes pretty quickly and easily.

 

come look how skinny Emily is!

We’ll get some video and more photos up in the near future, but do come by and check out the girls. I am sure the keepers will want to talk about hairdo options and more!

7 responses to Naked Alpacas

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    kelly says:

    Awww- Ray was so fluffy before! Now they all look like drenched crazy giraffe poodles.

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    Sherry Samuels says:

    We divided the wool into “good quality” and “bad quality”. We’ll use the latter for enrichment for other animals as well as educational programs. We’re not sure yet what we will do with the “good quality”. Sell, make things…

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    Wendy says:

    What’s the difference between good and bad quality wool?

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    Jill says:

    The good stuff is taken strictly from the body. The neck, legs and head isnt really good enough to use and its not as long as the hairs on the body

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    kimberly says:

    They are so skinny now. Imagine what our bears would look like if we shaved them!

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