Originally Posted by penguinsoda
Pengy first off, this is one of the BEST reports I have ever read! I am glad I am not the only one who takes pictures of the flight screens and other area details.
I always feel like a nerd and people seem to give me the crook eye since I am taking photos of such "boring" items but they make for such fun filler in reports like this!
Second, the photos and commentary were incredible. You are so good at remembering all the details from the spots you visited! I am lucky to recall what state I was in and the date I visited by the time I return home.
Finally, HUGE props that you know the difference between llamas and alpacas!
Most people think they are the same but llamas are pack animals who are generally larger than alpacas who are bred for their soft, silky, dense coat that comes in 22 colors vs the llamas' 5 fiber variations. The term llama is used for alpacas but as you noted, they are a breed all their own.
In addition, you are not crazy and that alpaca probably was making noises at you that sounded quite human like. Llamas (and alpacas) make sounds that resemble a human's hum. They use it to communicate and make this noise when they are tired, distraught, curious, or worried. In addition, mama llamas are known to hum to their newborn babies as a greeting. They use their humming for a number of reasons but also orgle (similar to a human's gargle), cluck, and have a loud rhythmic alarm call to alert the heard of danger. Okay, no quiz today and llama class is dismissed.