The llama is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times.Llama is a close relative of the camel, but without hump. Llamas originate from South America, but they can be found all around the world because they are domesticated few thousand years ago. Wild llamas can be found in the mountains, grasslands and deserts. Llamas are very strong and durable animals that are used for transportation of goods in harsh environments. Other than that, llama’s wool is used in the production of fabrics, rugs and ropes. Their dung can be used as fuel after drying on the sun. Some people even consume llama’s meat. Although they are greatly exploited by humans, llamas are not on the list of endangered animals.
Interesting Llama Facts:
Llamas are large animals. They can be 6 feet tall (at the head) and reach between 280 and 450 pounds of weight.
Llama’s body is covered with wool which can be black, gray, white or brown, with variety of patterns.
Llamas can be divided in two groups according to the length of their fur: short coated (called Ccara) and the medium coated (called Curaca).
Llama has elongated face, large nostrils and long ears that are curved inwardly. Llama’s ears are shaped like “banana”.
Llama has excellent sense of sight, smell and hearing, which are used for detection of potential danger.
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