Unless you’ve been living under a rock or trekking to Machu Picchu (hello, spotty coverage!), you know how obsessed we’ve been about llamas here at World Market. From llama ornaments to lamps and framed art to winter-weather accessories, it’s been a season of llama-rama over here!
For this post, we thought we’d press pause and pay homage to these wooly, three-stomached camelids and share a few things you simply must know about our beloved llamas—especially before you go on a Golden Llama Treasure Hunt in store!
Fact 1: Llamas are often used as therapy animals. They’re gentle, fluffy, sensible, and have a calm temperament—what’s not to love, right?
Fact 2: Baby llamas are called a “cria” and cria twins are incredibly rare. And here’s another astounding fact—a llama pregnancy lasts around 350 days!
Fact 3: Llamas don’t have any upper teeth, just bottom teeth. And they don’t bite! But be careful of their spit—they tend to dish it out when they’re agitated, but that’s mostly at other llamas and not at adoring human fans. Also, a word to the wise: A battle between llamas can get very ugly, with llamas being known to rip another llama’s ear off. Yikes.
Fact 4: Llamas are not alpacas, even though people often confuse the two. Llamas are generally about twice the size of alpacas. Also, alpacas have short, pointy ears, whereas llamas have longer ears that stand straight up (see the picture above), giving each llama an air of alertness.
Fact 5: The llama capital of the United States is…Nebraska!
Fact 6: Llamas talk to each other by humming and also communicate through ear, body, and tail postures. When breeding, males make an orgling sound.