||One year, two months old|
is Remy, and his is my Huacaya Alpaca! Remy is the biggest ham you will
ever meet. If you call his name he will instantly put his tail in the air (an
alpaca sign of submission) and come running over with a toothy "grin". He is
a wonderful cuddler and enjoys being trained for show and agility. Being a
lover of food, he took right to clicker training and is willing to try just
about any new trick to get his treat! After volunteering at the alpaca farm
where he was born, I fell in love with his personality and trainability and
decided that he would be perfect to add to my family. And he is!
He gets along great with the other alpacas. He is a roommate to another young
male at the moment. He is sheeted once a year. Alpacas cannot sweat! So in
the spring they must be given their hair cut. He is sporting a show cut, the
fiber being left on his face, legs and tail so that it grows in properly for
the fall show season. To be shorn they lay them out on the floor and stretch
them out so they don't get hurt. They use clippers like they use for sheep.
The fiber is taken to the mill and turned into yarn. Many things are made
from it! I have loads of socks and shoe insoles. But there are also scarves,
clothing, stuffed animals, jewelry, etc. it is next to cashmere in its
softness and quality.
Remy was bred and raised at Cider Press Alpacas. In case you are wondering
what "huacaya" means, alpacas come in two types: "huacaya" (like Remy) which
have fiber like a teddy bear and "suri" which have fiber more like a angora
rabbit. Alpacas also have no teeth on the top front of their mouth! They use
the bottom teeth and the hard pallet to cut grass.
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