WALKING AN ALPACA IN VIRGINIA (REPLACING STRESS WITH JOY)
Have you ever walked an alpaca before? It’s probably not something you’ve thought was possible, especially if traveling outside the high altitudes of Peru.
Alpacas are delightful animals with unique, gentle personalities. They are known as one of the most beautiful camelids in South America, the alpacas are indigenous to the Peruvian Andes.
Alpacas also have softer hair/fiber and are used for clothes, whereas llamas’ fiber will be used more for floor rugs.
There are about 53,000 alpacas in the United States. They originally came over here in the 80s as an exotic animal and cost around $100,000. While they can still be showstoppers, they are no longer considered so exotic and cost far less.
Alpaca Walk Experience
Dave and Teri start with an introduction to proper handling techniques, how to safely walk with an alpaca, and potential risks – although they are few and there hasn’t been a problem, they are still livestock so caution and gentle treatment is required WITH lots of love. They soak it up!
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