More snow pictures of the most recent storm to hit NC.
It has been awhile since I was last in the Farmyard. All the changes that the animal department has had for the past few months has kept me in Explore the Wild most of the time. Last week, I got to go back to the Farmyard. It was great to see all of the farmyard animals and catch myself up on the duties of farmyard keeping.
Keeper Jill helped me reacquaint myself with the Farmyard tasks plus gave me some tips on time management when it comes to getting tasks completed. Getting this information is vital when keeping in the Farmyard since there is a lot to do in the mornings. Now that I got a refresher in the Farmyard, you should see me there most Fridays.
After lunch, I went up to the Farmyard and checked on all of the animals. Once done with the tasks, I was walking by the Alpacas and saw this…
Ray looked very stoic with the sunlight in her hair but the picture does not do her justice. So, come by the farmyard and hopefully you will see Ray on the mountain.
A lot of the times when I am in the farmyard and next to our new Alpaca exhibit, I get asked whats the difference between an Alpaca and Llama.
Even though they are in the same family Camelidae, they are used for different purposes by humans.
Alpacas are used for their fibers and Llama are used as pack animals to carry things or in meat production. Some llamas are bred genetically for different fiber qualities.
We used to have naked sheep once a year- check out last year’s sheep shearing. The four of them lost about 21 pounds of wool. Much less than the 35 pounds the 4 sheep took off last year This is our first year shearing alpacas and today was the day. They no longer look like this:
We’ll get some video and more photos up in the near future, but do come by and check out the girls. I am sure the keepers will want to talk about hairdo options and more!
The girls are going to be sheared on April 23 (weather permitting). Get a last look for now at ful coats. Make any hairdo requests in the comment section.
The alpacas are doing fine in their temporary quarters, but since you cannot see them here are a couple photos.
Come and see them on October 20 when the Farmyard reopens.