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April 1, 1999

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Lorenzo and Fernando, the Pet of the Day
Name: Lorenzo, Fernando
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Breed: Llamas
Home: Southern New Jersey, USA
 
   Llamas are a member of the camelid family and are native to South America. An adult llama can carry 60-80 pounds 8-20 miles per day. Although they do spit at each other, they seldom spit on people, in fact they really only spit when irritated.

    I feed Fernando and Lorenzo once a day, and they graze all day. I will have to do some "shearing" of their coat as the weather gets warm. They need shots once a year, but the vet does that. I brush them at least once a day. We live on a small farm in Southern New Jersey.

    When Fernando and Lorenzo are happy they "hum" and raise their tails. Both like to eat treats out of your hand. On Sunday they are harnessed and walked through the local park where they interact with the kids in the park. The walks are good for their toe nails as the hard road keeps their nails trimmed. As a rule, llamas do not like to be touched, but these two guys love it. They are sweet, clean and lovable animals and a joy to have.
 

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