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ALPACA

The rare Alpaca is a charming and valuable member of the Camelid Family. They were first found in recorded history in the high mountain regions in South America. The Inca Civilization of the Andes Mountains gave the animals a central place in their society, using alpacas in religious ceremonies and clothing themselves with their fleece. Garments made from alpaca fiber were reserved for royalty. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, alpacas were not bred to be beasts of burden but were bred specifically for their fiber. They come in a large array of colors and very fine, dense fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. Alpacas make a variety of sounds. When they are in danger, they make a high-pitched, shrieking whine. Individuals vary, but most alpacas generally make a humming sound. Hums are often comfort noises, letting the other alpacas know they are present and content.