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Saturday, 6 February 2016


The llama is a member of the camel family. Its scientific name is "lama glama."

The llama and the alpaca were the first animals to be domesticated by the South American Indians - probably before 3000 BC. At that time both species appear to have been on the verge of extinction and the domestication saved them. Neither the llama nor the alpaca exists now in the wild.

One of the early Spanish explorers in South America wrote of seeing 20,000 in one herd. It is estimated that as many as 300,000 llamas were being used at that time to transport silver ore from the mines of the Incas.

The llama is the national symbol of Bolivia.

Male llamas have a separate set of "fighting teeth" - They are used to attack and bite the testicles off of other males.

Berserk llama syndrome is a real condition where a llama believes its human owner is also a llama, causing the animal to become aggressive.

According to the credits, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was directed by 76,203 llamas, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones.

Julio is the oldest llama living in captivity. The much loved animal lives with his owners Ron and Grace Hill on a farm in Olympia, Washington state, USA. A bill of purchase from 1992 was completed three years after Julio’s assumed birth at Schreiner Farms on July 4, 1989.

Michael Jackson had a pet llama called and Louie the Llama.

Source Comptons Encyclopedia

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