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Cria (Baby Alpaca)

Alpacas are gentle, enchanting and valuable members of the Camelid family, originating, like llamas, from the Altiplano regions of the South American Andes Mountains in Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

Bred back as far as Inca times for their luxuriously soft and insulating fibre, alpacas are gaining popularity in this country among small farmers who enjoy keeping these delightful gentle creatures for their fleece, in preference to livestock whose destiny is the meat market.

Alpacas are efficient grazers who have one offspring a year. The young, called cria, are a joy to watch as they run and play together. Curious, but timid by nature, alpacas are herd animals who enjoy the company of their own species but seem to appreciate being admired by humans provided that they can retain their own space.