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Sunday, 16 May 2010
More Llama photos

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It seems that llamas lie on the ground, like cows, with their legs tucked under them when it rains in order to keep their hooves dry. I noticed that, unlike cows, they have a special patch of field where they go to the toilet. It’s as if there’s an invisible sign saying “toilet here” that only llamas can see.  And we watched the llamas queuing up for turns at the imaginary/llama toilet.

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I’m beginning to have doubts that the okapi in the photograph is an okapi. An okapi is:

the closest living relative of the giraffe. Native to the rain forests around the Congo River in the north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was known only to the local people until 1901; this obscurity led the Society for Cryptozoology to adopt it as an emblem. Okapis have dark bodies, with striking horizontal white stripes on the back legs. The body shape is similar to that of the giraffe, except that okapis have much shorter necks. Both species have long, flexible, blue tongues that they use to strip leaves and buds from trees.

I suspect that the “okapi” in my photo is actually a Llama with different markings/fur.

Posted by bigblue on 16/05/2010 at 12:05 PM
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Nice alpacas

Posted by flank  on  17/05/2010  at  09:22 AM

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