Saturday, September 24, 2011

Alpaca Days Are Here Again

So, how are YOU choosing to spend National Alpaca Farm Days this year?

We decided to tour an alpaca farm.

Here's some of what we saw:

Perhaps the highlight was the 6-week-old baby alpaca (technically called a cria) that we got to watch learning how to eat its first hay.

She's the light brown one in this video:

Among the things we learned during our visit:

----- Ohio has more than 1200 alpacas these days - apparently the most of almost any US state.

----- Although some top breeding males sell for $100,000 or more, you can get yourself a good male pet alpaca for about $500.

----- If you DO get a male pet alpaca, be sure to also get him an alpaca friend. They're herd animals and will cry real tears and get very depressed if kept alone.

----- An acre of land can support as many as 5 alpacas - and according to one man we talked to, a hotel room can support a single small alpaca for at least a few days if it has to.

To find the closest alpaca farm to you that's offering tours tomorrow, go here.

1 comment:

  1. I like the alpaca in the third picture. I think it looks like it ate a little wildwood weed.
    The captcha is phyponci. That's a new level of sublimity.