14 June 2008

A Visit with the New England Alpacas!

Continuing my random tips around Connecticut (you'll start to see my plan for the summer unfold - I intend on exploring all sorts of local touristy things I never have!) I stopped by the New England Alpaca Open House today, and got to learn all about alpacas and their wool, and hang out with some cute, furry (well, less furrier than usual though having just been shorn) little buggers. :)

"Alpacas are members of the camelid family which also include camels, dromedaries, llamas, guanacos, and vicunas. Although camelids originated in North America millions of years ago, the llama-like animals migrated to South America.

Alpacas, along with llamas, became domesticated and are among the oldest domestic animals in the world. Alpacas are bred primarily for their exquisite wool and now total approximately 3.5 million in South America alone. At this time, there are fewer than 47,000 alpacas in the United States and Canada."

(Courtesy of NE Alpacas)

Every single one loved to ham for the cam. Like my teef?

The welcome wagon



Some of their 'dos reminded me of poodles...

This girl's eyes were gorgeous!

This one was so goofy...


How great is her mustache?!

Lots of visitors stopped by...

Some relaxed in the heat...

While others were full of energy!

Of course I can never resist ANY animal... this was the beautiful barn kitty.

The rest of the photos are here: Click me!

Their next open house is around Thanksgiving, just in time to buy beautiful, soft alpaca wool sweaters, mittens, scarves and hats for the holidays! I highly recommend a visit. =)

1 comment:

  1. I adore these, Julia! Hard to pick a favorite.