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Meet the AlpacaMeet our animals.

Mum (Socks), elder baby (Jet) and baby-cria- (Fudge). Alpaca- Vicuna pacos- are part of the Camelid family and live naturally grazing the level heights of the South American Andes. Mostly found in S. Peru, N. Bolivia, Ecuador and N. Chile between 11,000 and 16,000 feet above sea level.

They are a lot smaller than Llama and bred primarily for their high quality fleece, which is much warmer, finer, softer and less prickly than sheep fleece. As it contains no Lanolin it is also hypoallergenic, making it more suitable to those with sensitive skin. It's also more flame resistant than sheep wool. Alpacas are herd animals and live in family groups where they will readily attack predators that threaten young. Some will also spit if upset, though ours have never done so. Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years, there are not known to be any living in the wild. Our three are gentle, patient and getting more friendly the longer they are with us. All three can be readily fed by hand. The females can be pregnant anywhere for 11 to 13 months and give birth unaided in late morning. Fudge was on her feet within 30 minutes.


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