Like the alpaca, the llama belongs to the camelid family. The llama has a sturdier structure than the alpaca because it was once bred as a stock cow. Later, llamas were also bred to produce softer wool, and this type is called the wooly llama. Other llama types are classic llama and suri llama. The llama can carry a load of about 40 kilograms, so the llama cannot be used as a horse, but the llama is excellent for carrying backpacks in difficult terrain.
The llama is a more curious and lively relative of the alpaca
Alpacas and llamas, who are closely related, get along well with each other. They use similar sign language and can even interbreed. A llama can be easily distinguished from an alpaca just by its size, but the woolier and horse-like head is also a good distinguishing mark. The llama's ears curve banana-like and its legs are more woolly than the alpaca's.
A pet llama must be used to handling and walking in a halter at a young age, because an untreated llama is a very difficult partner, even for its large size. With a training method based on rewards, llamas learn quickly, and they can make a hobby friend go on a variety of adventures. You can go for a hike with a well-trained llama, for example, and you can use it in animal-assisted activities or practice llama agility, for example. Due to the brave nature of llamas, they are used, for example, as herd guards in flocks of sheep.
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Llama and alpaca spit when defending themselves and, for example, fighting over food. Sometimes a person may be in the line of fire in these cases, but otherwise spitting at a person is very rare. Saliva is a green gastric fluid that smells bad and is slightly corrosive. It comes out of the animal's mouth as a small spray, like, for example, water from a spray bottle.