One More Reason Why Alpacas Are Great
Anyone who knows me knows I adore just about anything with four legs, or fewer, in fact just any animal - the fuzzier the better. Alpacas rank pretty highly in the list of things I find the most adorable and this week the world has handed me further justification for their place on this list.
A farmer at an alpaca farm was shocked to discover this footage which shows a cougar approaching a nervous herd of his animals in the dead of night. The cougar snatches a baby alpaca by the neck and starts to make its way back into the night when it is chased down by the mother alpaca. Long story short, she gets her baby back!
If that video isn’t enough to instil a sense of wonder, then here are a few gems about these fuzzy haired creatures.
Alpacas have been around for absolutely ages and the first records of domesticated alpacas date back to the Incas. They were raised for their incredibly soft fleece which was only worn by the most elite.
As well as being super soft (seriously just have a squidge on one of our hats) their fleece, like wool, is naturally water resistant. Whilst I absolutely love sheep’s wool and always will, when it comes to keeping warm in damp, cold climates, top quality alpaca fleece is almost impossible to beat.
Another aspect where it can trump wool is in its hypoallergenic qualities. Wool is generally speaking not an allergen for the vast majority of people, however some people do experience lanolin allergies - a natural oil produced by sheep. Alpacas don’t produce lanolin, which means that those with wool allergies will be able to wear pure alpaca fibre with no reaction. Another bonus of not producing lanolin is that the fibres can be processed at much lower temperatures, which is much better for the environment.
A final useless, but nonetheless endearing fact? Alpacas hum. Seriously.