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Alpacas and llamas are members of the camelid family. Llamas are pack animals, and about twice the size of the alpaca. Alpacas grow a prized coat of fiber, and are too small for use as a pack animal. And we think the alpaca is much cuter than its cousin, the llama.
There are 2 kinds of alpaca -
Alpacas are gentle and quite intelligent. They are safe and fun to be around. They do not bite or butt. Spitting is a communication behavior between alpacas, and they rarely spit at people unless provoked.
They constantly communicate with each other through body posturing, ears, tail, head and neck signals, scent, smell and vocalizations. The most common sound you'll hear is a soft humming which indicates they are unsure. Mother and cria hum to each other for bonding. When alarmed, alpaca alert other herd members to danger with a sharp sequence of barks. Amorous males sing or "orgle" to the female during breeding.
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