Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Snow and Alpacas

We've had a couple days of half-hearted snow. It has mostly just been wet and mushy. Everything is slushy and melting, and it's sort of raining, and the swale is flooded, as is the bottom of the field. You can see why we can't have any heavy animals on it in the winter, it would be a horrible mess.

Luckily these animals aren't heavy! Jeeze, they're goofy looking, aren't they? Unfortunately I don't feel any sort of fondness for them, even a picture like this - I just see myself on the receiving end of a spitball if I'm not careful! If you get behind them you are in the kicking zone. I find it's best not to let them anywhere near me.

Black and White are the troublesome ones. Red has actually been doing very well. He comes running when I call him, walks politely through the gate into the garden, and waits for me to hand him his food. Then when it's time to leave he moves away from the gate so I can open it and walks calmly through. I think I'm going to start working on some handling with him and see if we can make haltering less of an ordeal.



Laughing Orca Ranch said...

How pathetic they look all sodden wet. I can't imagine that much moisture. My llamas have never been that soaked with water. Of course, we probably only get a handful of good rains per year. lol!

I really like the looks of that red llama and especially that black one with the white face. He's the exact opposite in color and pattern as my gelding llama. :)


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

oops! I just realized they are alpacas...not llamas. Hard to tell with their ears all wet and floppy. lol!


StefRobrts said...

I think they're going to look much better once we get all that awful matted wool off of them, but that can't happen until spring.

I don't see a lot of difference between alpaca and llamas either, and the attitudes are pretty similar!