Friday, August 23, 2013

New York State Fair 'One Thing' Series -- Today's Feature, Llamas

Llamas Shady, 6, left and Jacoba, 4, pose for a shot at the NY State Fair
If you want to see llamas and alpacas at the New York State Fair, be sure to head out in the next few days.

These animals are in the swine barn through early next week and then many of them move out to make way for the pigs.

I asked llama owner Barb Kurzowski, of Holley in Orleans County, what 'one thing' she would say about her animals.

"They don't all spit," she said. "That's the first thing the public assume is that they all spit."

Kurzowski said the only time the animals spit is if they are annoyed or being pestered by people. I guess that makes complete sense.

According to various websites, llamas are bred throughout the world for their fiber. They have some of the best fiber of any animal and it makes very warm items. In fact, states "The Incan civilization (in South America) could likely not have thrived at its high, harsh altitude without the warm fleece of these native animals."

In other places, including South America, llamas are used as pack animals carrying heavy loads through the mountains passes. 


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