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18.12.15
  Llama, llama ...

Just a bit of fun today. When I returned from a long stroll in the Open Air Museum Gross-Raden, I found some interesting fellows ouside the entrance hall.

Llamas outside the museum

They were surely not resembling any domesticated amimals the Slavic tribes whose life is shown is the museum would have bred. Indeed, they looked distinctly un-European. So, how did they end up in the German woods?

Making contact with a llama

There is a farm nearby, the Kamelhof Sternberger Burg, where llamas and Bactrian camels are bred. They also have reindeer, yaks and ostrichs. The family offers guided tours with the llamas and camels, among other events. That's how the long-necked fuzzy furs ended up outside the museum.

Another shot of the guys

Only the male llamas are used for the tours because the dams stay with their crias (babies). Domesticated and well treated llamas are gentle animals and rarely spit at humans. They may spit at other llamas occasionally, though.

Selfie with llama

Not exactly a selfie, I admit; the nice guide with the llamas took the shots. Too bad I had no time to visit the farm. I'm sure it would have been fun, especially since I'm fond of Bactrian camels.
 
Comments:
All that lovely wool to knit! *rubs hands together*
 
Right. I forgot about knitting because I'm hopeless at anything involving needles, but I remember you're always hunting for knitting wool. There's probably a sweater to be got among those three. :-)
 
I have some camel yarn, and an Alpaca fleece to process. and a tiny bit of llama to spin into yarn. Would love some bison, but at $40 an ounce or so, I'll make do with llama! I've even spun Corgi fur into yarn and knitted a hat and mittens from it. :)
 
Well, as long as you stay off my hair .... :-)

Do the corgies shed thad much? I don't suppose you shaved the wee buggers. ;-)
 
In Groß Raden waren wir zwar schon recht oft, aber mit Lamas haben wir dort noch keine Bekanntschaft gemacht. Ich finde, sie schauen einen immer leicht spöttisch an :-) Ging's Dir auch so? Schön warm angezogen sind sie ja. Eine Lamajacke ist bestimmt nicht so übel :-D
Liebe Grüße von der Silberdistel
 
The Corgis shed enough each year to make another Corgi. Each. I just brush and collect the fur, wash it, spin it together with wool (since it's only 2 inches long) and there you go, Corgi yarn!
No shaving my Corgis. Ruins their undercoat.
 
Liebe Silberdistel, die ganze Truppe von Menschen, Lamas, Trampeltieren und was da sonst noch so rumrennt ist dieses Jahr erst nach Sternberg umgezogen und die Lama-Touren nach Gross-Raden wohl noch nicht so lange im Programm. Wahrscheinlich wird man die Tiere im nächsten Sommer öfter dort sehen. Oder einfach mal nach Burg Sternberg fahren - zu Enkelinnenbespaßung ist das sicher geeignet. :-)
 
I didn't think llamas were so small. Lovely woolly coats though.
 
Yes, they are not so big, esp. considering those are the males who are usually a bit larger than the females. I'm about 5'6'', for comparison.
 
Bei einigen Tierarten bin ich nach wie vor erstaunt, wie gut sie mit einem anderen - als dem ihnen bekannten - Klima klarkommen und sich wohlfühlen. Welche ursprünglich fremden Tiere nicht schon alles hier in Deutschland richtig heimisch geworden sind! Teils auf Farmen und in regelrechten Zuchtbetrieben, teils aber auch in freier Wildbahn.

Das war interessant anzuschauen und zu lesen bei dir, Gabriele! Vielen Dank!

LG Michèle
 
Hallo Michèle,

am meisten erstaunen mich in diesem Zusammenhang immer die ausgebüxten Nandus, die sich in seit einigen Jahren in MV rumtreiben, denn die bekommen ja nun gar keine Unterstützung durch den Menschen.

Die Lamas mögen keinen Asphalt, dafür sind ihre Füße nicht geeignet. Die geführten Wanderungen gehen also immer 'durch die Pampa'. :-) Aber mit dem Klima scheinen sie keine Probleme zu haben.
 
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