SIR CHARLE and MAGICAL FLAG
This is a portrait from life of our younger Llama, Magical Flag. As you can see from his portrait, He does NOT like having his hair cut. The T-Shirt is available for sale, click here. Magical Flag was about two years old when this portrait was drawn. He was having his wool sheared for the hot summer in Oklahoma, which is not like the cold mountains of the Andes where the llamas originally lived. Llamas wool is not oil, it does not smell funny when it gets wet. Llama wool does not shrink, garments made of llama wool can be washed with the rest of the laundry and dried in the dryer. Just nothing better!
How to approach a llama
When you approach a llama, you keep your hands out of sight and present your face for kissing. Llamas cannot stick out their tongues, so they "kiss" you with their soft furry lips while they are sniffing you. Our llamas rarely spit at anyone, preferring to investigate the newcomers. Llamas have a sense of humor, and are always trying to be 'one-up' on you. Our Llamas are in the Christmas parades in and around Delaware County Oklahoma each year.
Feeding llamas is pretty easy, and can be inexpensive. Llamas will clear your yard of flowers (especially roses) in a matter of minutes, but when they have their own space, they eat field hay, 14% creep (in small quantities), cut-up carrots for treats, grass, rabbit feed (in small quantities), and other grains. Their habit is very tidy, and they carefully place their waste products in a neat pile in one spot in the yard. Llama waste is almost odorless and can be used on your flower beds immediately, as it does not need composting and will not burn your plants.
A llama can go indoors with you for an hour or two without needing to relieve himself. This makes them great for visiting people in schools or nursing homes.
Llamas as guards
Llamas will fight off dogs and other predators. Many people keep llamas with their sheep or goats. But llamas are not invincible, and do better in a small group. Dogs can kill a lone llama. We have two geldings who keep each other company. Llamas like to be part of an herd, and become lonely and pine if they are all alone.
As for fighting the llama, we were completely won-over by them, and have been very glad we made the decision to have Magical Flag and Sir Charle join our family. The llamas won our hearts, even this one who dislikes being groomed.
CUSHED (close to the cool concrete)
REALLY CUSHED (it gets really hot here in Oklahoma
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