If ever there was a cuter animal than these, I have never seen one. Like a llama only much smaller, alpacas originated in the Andes mountains of South America and at this point can no longer be imported. Click on Bob's Alpaca Facts page or look them up on Google if you want to know more, but here I will show you some pictures we took while in Nova Scotia last summer.
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The first thing we saw as we pulled in the gate was a sculpture of an alpaca made from driftwood. The owner told me he found the pieces in the woods one day and just had to put the thing together. The following pictures were taken in the front yard near the road. In the first, the alpacas are enjoying the shade and in the last one in the row, the tiny alpaca lying on the ground is only 3 days old.
The photos in the next set were taken out back, as we walked among the alpacas and llamas. The younger ones were very curious about us as you can see from the first photo where one about three months old is nose to nose with Flora. The second photo shows the relative size of the larger white llama.
These photos were taken in the summer, not too long after the animals were sheared. Their "haircut" looks a bit odd since the wool on their heads and lower legs was left unsheared to avoid bug bites. Alpaca wool is highly sought after and as such brings up to $100 a pound on the market. The finest wool garments in the world are made of alpaca wool and in the days of old in the Andes it is said that only the Inca royalty was allowed to wear garments made from Alpaca wool.
The following summer we visited again, and took these pictures:
Now are those cute faces or what?