The Llama and the Lambs

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I learned an interesting thing on my Canada trip.

My brother-in-law raises lambs.  Note:  If you don’t want a favorite to end up on your table, name him Cutie-pie, because if he is named Lambchop, that’s a bad sign.

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He also has a llama that lives with them.  The interesting thing:  Llamas protect the sheep.  They almost act as a sheep dog, chasing off and even killing wolves or other predators that might threaten the flock.

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Some cultures eat llama meat, but it is not apparently appetizing for Canadians.  But the benefit to the flock for the farmer / shepherd is the protection afforded by that “watchdog” with the cute little face.

I learned something new.

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17 Responses to The Llama and the Lambs

  1. We learned this a couple of years ago, when we saw someone’s flock of sheep. It looks so odd, but the llamas do their job.

  2. Lindy Lee says:

    Llama: no mascara or lipstick required…

  3. Mirada says:

    Wow, that IS interesting–thanks!

  4. jmgoyder says:

    Our two alpacas are quite protective of our poultry!

  5. dorannrule says:

    Sweet faced guard dogs! Amazing information. Thanks for sharing.

  6. danitacahill says:

    Love these photos. I’ve written about and photographed guard llamas several times. It still amazes me how they guard the flocks. Looks like you had a fun trip.

    • It was a good trip. I was glad to at least get a chance to see the animals. It was to cold to do much else! It amazes me how the animals can tough out such brutal cold–like -25 to -40.

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