I loved alpacas when my family lived in Bolivia! We would drive out on the Altiplano and see herds and herds of them. They were much gentler than llamas, and their wool was softer. Alpaca wool is soft like cashmere, warmer than sheep wool, hypo-allergenic (alpacas don’t produce lanolin the way sheep do), and very water-repellent. It’s also less itchy than wool.
My kids had seen alpacas in photos and from a distance, but over Thanksgiving weekend they got to see them up close – we stayed at Mike’s aunt’s home, and she owns alpacas! So the kids go to learn about feeding alpacas, and cleaning up with them. I’m hoping that they’ll get to meet some baby alpacas, eventually, but it may take a while – alpacas stay pregnant for almost a year!
The alpacas I met as a 12- and 13-year-old living in Bolivia were fairly shy, and the ones we met at over Thanksgiving were the same way, although the one pictured above LOVED the camera! The others would walk away when I tried to take photos, but this friendly female alpaca posed and posed!
Have you learned about any new animals recently?
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There were so many fun Christmas-themed activities in last week’s After School linky! These bird seashell ornaments from Happy Hooligans caught my eye – so cute, and different from anything we have on our tree! I’d like to try a red cardinal bird version!
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