“Alpaca Lunch” (I’ll-pack-a-lunch)

Three White AlpacasYesterday the crew and I went to an alpaca farm in Hubbardton owned by Deb Wright, where she gave us a tour and met her alpacas. Did you know Alpacas are relatives of camels? Deb sells raw hair along with other products, breeds  and studs (male alpacas.)  The Alpaca does not have a top row of teeth,  just the bottom that can sometimes look like they have an underbite (if you peel their lips away). Their feet are much like a dog’s in terms of their pads. They also have a stomach that is divided into 3 compartments.

Alpaca soaking up the sun
Alpaca soaking up the sun

If you are thinking about having an alpaca in general,  don’t just get 1 or 2. For a happy herd there must be at least 3 alpacas to keep an eye on each other. Deb also sells alpacas. When you walk up to an alpaca, turn to your side and reach your hand out because if you face the alpaca, they take  that as a threat. If the alpaca spits at another alpaca, the alpaca that was spit at is now seen as a lower rank. They also communicate by making a sort of sneezing sound. As far as alpaca hair color is concerned, Deb  told us that black is the dominant color.

Deb showing us alpaca hooves
Deb showing us alpaca hooves
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