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Thursday, June 19, 2008

L is for Lama

The genus Lama includes alpacas (L. pacos), guanacos (L. guanicoe), and the glamorous llamas (L. glama). While I've never seen a guanaco in person, I've been privileged to spend some time with llamas and alpacas. I always feel bad for them when I see them at fiber festivals: in unfamiliar surroundings, with lots of strange smells, they tend to be a bit skittish, and I think I would be too. At a spin-in at Alpaca Kathy's farm, though, the alpacas observed us for a while from their enclosure; since we didn't seem hostile, they eventually got curious and wandered over to get a better look at us. They're lovely critters, looking to me as though they might have been invented by Dr. Seuss.

While I've met lamas at all of the fiber festivals I've attended, the Maine Fiber Frolic, sponsored until this year by the Maine Llama Association, is where they really come into their own. There are leapin' lamas...

limbo lamas...

bewigged lamas...

and of course there is the famous Llama Drill Team.

The concept of a llama drill team is a delightful one. Llamas are not well known as team players, but they're good sports, while making it very clear who is humoring whom. They're rather like large, extra-furry cats.

I can only hope that, if ever called upon to array myself in a clown wig and rainbow-striped and polka-dotted raiment, I can carry it off with half as much panache.


  • That last photo!
    That was hilarious, thank you.

    By Blogger Alwen, at 7:45 AM  

  • I must confess, I had indeed been hoping for Lama drill team photos at some point. ;)

    By Blogger Julie, at 7:50 AM  

  • I understand that llamas will do only what they want to do, so it is up to the trainer to make the task look interesting to a llama. Who knows, they may enjoy playing dress-up!

    I once got a flock of alpacas to come to me by sitting down on the ground and fiddling with my camera. Suddenly they were all around me, offering advice. They're inquisitive as monkeys.

    By Blogger Roxie, at 9:49 AM  

  • OK, you get the award for making me spit coffee on my keyboard with that last photo. That just cracks me up!

    By Blogger Lorette, at 11:55 AM  

  • I think you could pull it off. :-)

    By Blogger AngeliasKnitting, at 12:03 PM  

  • Priceless! :-D

    By Anonymous Beth S., at 3:57 PM  

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