|Kids & Camelids !|
|By: Julie Wier
Llamas of Wier World
There's nothing quite as cool as the look on the face of a young person who has just been introduced to a llama or alpaca.
Over the past 23 years of owning these wonderful animals, I've seen many types of reaction and interaction between kids and camelids.
It's just plain fun to lead an alpaca in a parade. Or maybe two! Seeing them at a Vacation Bible School or preschool picnic is a treat. Walking into the pasture to feed a carrot or two to Sugar Ray Llama is an adventure . . . or a story to tell mom and dad over the dinner table. Especially when the story includes Ray's decision to live in our Native American tipi!
Learning that the guttural sounds made by male llamas and alpacas when "arguing" is the basis for the amazing dinosaur sounds in "Jurassic Park" is a bit of trivia to save for a rainy day.
And the hesitant approach of a person with a developmental disability to an alpaca or llama is quickly replaced with a delighted smile when a hand is buried in that soft, luxurious fiber.
Yep. Kids and camelids go together.
Why not visit a local llama or alpaca farm and see the adventure first hand?
|Vacation Bible School. Bartholomew kushes at the "Jerusalem Marketplace" with his new-found friends.|
|Abilene and Ben in the Fairview Heights Parade.|
|D.J. loves Julie Kavner, the alpaca!||Ashley and Minaku the llama at the preschool carnival in Ellisville, Mo.|
|Sophie and Eliza at shearing days.|
|Natalie and Sugar Ray Llama -- the camelid who lives in a tipi.
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