Here are 2 females trying to stay cool. Both are pregnant, but the white one was literally due when we were there, if you look at their bellies you can see the difference.
(Sadly she had a stillbirth days later, the owner believes due to the nasty heat.)
The other alpacas were kept separate from the two expecting gals. Here they are coming over to greet us, they knew treats were coming! (This was also where the spitting event took place... for those that don't know, alpacas spit a fine stinky mist in the air when hot and bothered. We were inside the fence and somebody was feeling a bit crowded and shot one off into the alpaca crowd. They scattered in a hurry. Luckily no small children were trampled (or caught in the mist), but we promptly vacated the area, lol.)
We all got a kick out this fella seen above, he just couldn't be bothered to stand.
There are different grades of alpaca fur, and some animals are naturally softer than others. In addition to this the coarseness etc. the feel of the fiber differs from where the fur was harvested from (neck, side, leg). Some is quite soft, and other areas are quite scratchy, only the finest grades are used for clothing.
You can see how soft that yarn was- fuzzy, silky, and super-cozy! An example of something made with the coarse fibers next.....
I will post a few more pictures of the animals and their barn, they were so fun to see. Hope you enjoyed the pictures guys. :)
This alpaca wanted to see what was going on next door....he may have been checking in on the ladies.
(Erin- I mentioned that communal potty spot on your blog, one was here in the barn and they stood there FOREVER eliminating; then the next one would move in to the 'dung pile'. Potty talk, boys dig it.)