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January 20, 2012

Do Llamas spit?

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Yes, says Sharon Van Hooser from Poolville, who has raised Llamas for 10 years. 

"But you have to make one really mad, or get caught between them when their feeding," Van Hooser said just before competing in another llama show at the Stock Show. "They just don't spit for no reason."

Otherwise, she says, llamas are wonderful animals, both highly agreeable and utilitarian. The animals are cousins of the camel and until recently were found mostly in the Andes of South America. They are curious, gentle, trainable, and great around kids. Llamas are great pack animals, great for guarding cows or sheep against predators. (They will spit at coyotes, if need be.) Llama hair makes nice scarves, hats and gloves.

And as far as natural defense mechanisms, spitting is about as gentle as it gets, unless you get a llama really angry. Then get ready for some heavy duty expectorant.

"If they are really angry, they can pull up a lot, really fast," Van Hooser said. 





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