Car after car slows down, the driver leaning toward the window, their expression priceless. You can't blame them; you don't see fleecy mountain creatures grazing on someone's front lawn everyday. Sometimes a driver pulls over. "Are those LLAMAS?" they call out in wonderment. Not quite! Alpacas are like the llama's little cousins. They are shorter and friendlier than llamas, with calm temperments and insatiable curiosity. (We can't do anything in the driveway without a wooly face peeking over the fence!) Ever since we bought the alpacas about five years ago, they've been nothing but a joy. Our three have very distinct personalities.
Cynnabar is tall and serious, always keeping an eye out for potential danger. He has soundly established himself as "leader of the herd." He is protective of the girls, and gently comforts them when they are distressed. He pretends to be tough, but he's really sweet.
Monique is the "darling" of the flock. She tolerates hugs and she loves to give nose bonks. This lovable creampuff is nearly everyone's favorite of the 3...especially when she sports a funny hat.
Tallulah is timid and sweet, but doesn't like to be petted. She grew up on a very large farm where the alpacas didn't receive much individual attention. It took her a while to adjust to living in a small herd, but she's warmed up quite a bit. We have very little trouble harnessing her and she will touch an outstretched hand with her nose to say hello. When she feels nervous the other two alpacas are always very patient in comforting her.
Alpacas are very unique creatures, but not just because of their personalities.
A lot of people have questions about alpacas. Here's a video of the alpacas before & after shearing as well as a few quick facts about these wonderful animals.