Although alpacas are now enjoying more name recognition, I'm sure many people have yet to encounter one in person. So...
Here are 4 fun facts about alpacas to file away for your next party conversation starter:
- Alpacas, despite having "pac" in their name, are not pack animals. Their llama relatives do the heavy lifting.
- Alpacas come in 2 flavors - Huacaya and Suri (no relation to the Cruise family). Huacaya alpacas produce fiber that is soft and fuzzy, while Suri fiber is silky and hangs in dreadlocks.
- Alpaca fiber is as fine as cashmere and lighter/warmer than sheep's wool. It is also lanolin-free, making it a great choice for children or people who are sensitive to wool.
- Male alpacas make a sound known as "orgling" while mating. Imagine hearing grandpa gargling ecstatically in the bathroom. Yep. That's about right.