This was my first time up close to llamas. I believe this is a male and female pair. They were so cute and were not afraid of me!
Rural farm in Point Arena, CA .
The llama (Lama glama) is a mammal class, order Artiodactyla. It belongs to the family of camelidae. They originated in the North American, and then spread also in the South America. They can be commonly seen in California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Missouri, and Florida. In the South America, there are four commonly distinguished forms by people and they are recognized also by some naturalists as distinct species. They are the llama (Auchenia glama; Lama peruana), the alpaca (Auchenia pacos), the guanaco (Auchenia huonaeus) and the vicuna (Auchenia vicugna). The average height of Llama is 115 centimetres at the shoulder and 155 to 185 centimetres at the head and its average weight is 112 to 180 kg. Llama’s wool ranges from white to black, with shades of gray, beige, brown, red and roan between. It may be solid, spotted or marked in an array of patterns. The gestation period takes around 350 days – a single baby (cria) is normally born, without assistance, from a standing mother during daylight hours. They are nursed about 5 – 6 months. Llamas are very friendly, well-socialized and brought up by loving families. They are very curious, even to approach people. Sometimes they spit at people or each other – it is a defense mechanism. They are making groaning noises, which is the sign of fear or anger. They live about 20 years. www.wildanimalsonline.com