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- Llamas were domesticated in South America. They do not have a wild population,but they are descended from the wild guanacos.
- They were of importance to many of South American cultures including the Incas and the Moche civilization.
- Lamas were originally used as pack animals. They can carry loads weighing 25% of their body weight. Llamas are also raised for meat and wool. Llama wool, unlike that of a sheep, doesn’t contain a waxy substance called lanolin.
- Llamas are well known for their spitting. This is done to establish another llama’s rank in the herd, a sign of aggression, or a sign of dominance when males fight. A properly raised llama doesn’t usually spit on humans.
Did You Know?
Llama’s are very social animals and can be raised among other species. Some farmers even use a single male “guard llama” to protect their flock of sheep or goats from predators such as coyotes.