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Just out of curiousty, does anyone own a pet llama?

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for_the_animals for_the_animals VIC Posts: 7
1 25 Feb 2013
I think llamas are awesome but I have never met or heard of anyone that owns a llama. So does anyone have one?

MrIdentical MrIdentical QLD Posts: 124
2 25 Feb 2013
I don't have one personally but I've heard of other people with Llamas. They are very intelligent animals and will keep you on your toes ecstatic

Aria Aria VIC Posts: 63
3 25 Feb 2013
Hehe what a random question, nice and refreshing. I don't have one but I've seen them around my area. I remember going up to a fence when I was about 7 and I got spat at lol happy

Not a llama but driving today I saw a camel in a paddock with cows.... Just... Weird.

Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago United States Posts: 818
4 26 Feb 2013
A number of people in rural areas near my house shelter llamas. They are very cute

Daft_Punk Daft_Punk SA Posts: 139
5 27 Feb 2013
There is a man in Norwood, Adelaide who has a pet alpaca (very similar to a llama but smaller, so like a mini-llama) and he oftened walked him/her in public. He also has a pet sheep and goat happy He often got into trouble with cops because of that... ffs just leave the man and his alpaca alone!

Also the fact that alpacas are smaller than llamas make them more convenient to have as pets. So if you're looking into getting a llama, consider an alpaca.

Cransamswick Cransamswick WA Posts: 5
6 27 Feb 2013
That would be my dream pet! If I find ayone I shall let you know! Do alpacs count?

MrIdentical MrIdentical QLD Posts: 124
7 27 Feb 2013
Cransamswick said:
That would be my dream pet! If I find ayone I shall let you know! Do alpacs count?
I've been doing a bit of reading and apparently there is quite a bit of difference in temperament between llamas and alpacas.

Llamas are gentle whereas alpacas can be asocial, and will come to you on their own terms. Also both are herd animals and it's generally not recommended to own only one as this can lead to several problems.

The ickiest of these is that a llama/alpaca which is poorly socialised away from others of its kind will see humans as llamas and will spit at you. That doesn't sound very nice...

But if you have the time and space for a few of them they make great pets and are generally clean and disease free.

Also their poop makes great fertiliser  funny

MrIdentical MrIdentical QLD Posts: 124
8 27 Feb 2013
This is about alpacas but I assume there are a lot of parallels.

Apparently they are also sensitive to chemicals. HIGHLY sensivite. The guide says that some herbicides deemed safe for cattle may actually kill alpacas/llamas.

Not to put you off of them, I want one too! But in terms of pets they've only been out of South America for several decades so we're still kind of learning I suppose.