7 Fun Facts About la-la-LLAMAS
We don’t know about you, but we think Llama’s are the bombaaaa!
Can I get an Amen?
It seems nowadays, llamas are popping up everywhere and we cannot lie, we’re pretty excited every time we see a photo of one pop up. People are even selling t-shirts and handbags with Llama on them- so cool!
So, what’s the big deal about llamas, and how did they seem to become so popular overnight? Let’s take a look at 7 fun facts you may not know about the llama breed, and maybe this will inspire you to become a llama super fan.
1. They are part of the Camelid Family
Llamas are distant cousins to the members of the camel and vicuñas family. Camelids first appeared in the Central Plains of North America about 40 million years ago, but it took about 37 million years later for Llama’s ancestors to migrate to South America. Now, none of the members in the Camelid family live in the region they originated from.
2. Mess with a llama and you may be getting spit on
Yes, you read that right- llamas will spit on you if they become agitated. They won’t bite you, but they sure will spit at you, and that fit can travel more than 15 feet! Watch out! They also will kick and neck wrestle with each other if they become too angered.
3. Llamas are great guard animals
Whoever said dogs were the herders hadn’t met a llama. US farmers discovered llamas were great guard animals around the 1980’s. HOWEVER, they’re only great if there is only one Llama. A single llama is more likely to bond with the herd and protect them from while animals and predators than if there were two llamas herding. This is because llamas would instead bond with one another and would in return ignore the other animals, not offering much protection after that.
4. Is that an alpaca or a llama?
An easy way to tell the difference between an alpaca and a llama is the ears. Llamas have much larger ears that stand straight up, while alpacas are short and pointy. Also, llamas are a lot larger- about twice the size of alpacas if you want to get technical about it.
5. Hmm, hmmm, HUMMM
Did you know llamas communicate through humming? Llamas are very social animals, so it makes sense they would have a fun way to communicate rather than just sticking their tongues out with disgust or spitting on you while agitated.
These furry animals will hum different ranges of tones, all with different meanings. They’ll do it when they’re bored, sleepy, stressed, or you know just intrigued by something. The male llamas have their own humming strictly to use on the ladies during mating season- ohh lala, and we can only imagine that sound.
6. No smelly poop
Llama poop has no nasty odor to it. It makes for a great, eco-friendly fertilizer for farmers and back in the day, Incas in Peru would use llama poop for fuel because of its odor lessness. Some say that if it were not for this poop, Andean cultures wouldn’t have thrived the way they did. The Andres experienced harsh winters making it difficult for farming, but thanks to llamas, they saved the day!
7. Llamas are pretty strong
These animals weigh between 280 to 450 pounds, but they can carry up to 30 percent of their body weight. Impressive! A 400- pound male could essentially carry up to 120 pounds on a trek of 10 miles with no problem. Llamas are strong mambo-jumbos if you ask us.
Well folks, there you have it- 7 cool, rad, spectacular facts about llamas that should make you understand why people are falling in love with these furry creatures.