Thursday, March 11, 2010

I want an alpaca for a pet!!!

While I find certain animals to be cute, especially when they are fat and fluffy, I prefer to admire them from a distance. I am not too fond of being close to animals as I can get very scared and panic.

There is one exception though...and that is the alpaca. They have got to be one of the cutest animals I have seen! They are part of the camelid family and smaller and cuter than llamas. we were told that alpaca fibre is very valuable as it presents very high quality and these animals are specifically bred for their fibre and meat :(. The alpaca meat is considered a delicacy in the Andean region, and as we walked past many restaurants, they were often presented as the highlight of the menu. I can't believe people actually eat it. Poor things!

Alpaca wool is amongst the most expensive and there are many shops in Peru that sell all sorts of clothing and accessories made out of this material. Farmers usually just shave off the alpaca's hair and use this for weaving. In fact, Julio's family (see previous post) also breeds alpaca and makes clothing out of their wool.

Check out these cute creatures below! I wished I could just take one back with me!!! The brown one is a llama.

4 comments:

Sriram said...

Very cute animal... Great pictures !!! The alpaca is almost as tall as you ;-)

Sumi said...

me likes them alot too!! there is a whole bunch of them in this house by my workplace. they are so cute! are they stinky?? hee.. i'll def come visit if u have an alpaca as pet!!!!

Sara Ozer said...

koyzat and i LOVE Alpacas!!!

Niveta said...

omg get it...

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