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Monday, 1 August 2011

Alpaca

The alpaca (Vicugna pacos) comes mainly from Peru. A member of the camel family, they were domesticated some time before 3000 BC.

Its wool comes in 22 natural colors, the most of any wool-producing animal.

During breeding, the male alpaca emits a unique throaty vocalization called “orgling.”

The main noise alpacasm make is a Hum, which you’ll hear when they're curious, content, worried, bored, fearful, distressed or cautious. Mothers and babies also hum to each other.

Some free range turkey farms use alpacas to guard their flocks from foxes, since alpacas are extremely territorial and will accept the turkeys as part of their herd, defending them by chasing off predators.

Alpacas can die of loneliness, which is why they're bought in pairs.

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