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Paca Personalities

Posted 2/12/2015 1:24pm by Mona.

I think our blog could use some happy thoughts! 

Today I thought I'd write randomly about our alpacas' many different personalities.We are sure having a very snowy February!  Hope you all are staying safe while clearing snow and ice from your driveways and barns.

The two girls we have left, Alana and 'Trixie', are totally bonded and inseparable. Trixie definitely is more dominant, although both alarm when needed.  Their new trick is to watch me clean the barn and to get my attention, they'll start rolling.  They alternately roll and then stare at me, pleased with themselves.  This continues until I laugh, stop what I'm doing, and give them pellets as a treat.  :). Sometimes, they'll stand at their hay bin and stare at me with their most pathetic face until I give in.  Sometimes Trixie will follow me right into the tack room.

Alana is our shyest alpaca but she will now eat from my hand.  She is very tall and can easily 'gazelle' right over the hay bin from a standing still position. Her beautiful rose-grey fleece looks pink in the sun.  When I first saw her, I knew I had to have her.

Dan was scratching Trixie's neck and she sniffed his hand.  When she realized he did not have any pellets, she spit in his face.

Henry..... oh Henry ......I wheel over the poo barrow after I finish up on the girls' side and Henry comes right over, sticks his head in there, and takes a good long sniff.  Eeewwwww!  I have to chase him out several times before he finally stops.  When I have to catch him, he rests his head along my shoulder.

Henry is our Barn Clown and is usually up to something.  :)

Sol loves to watch me and follow me in the barn.  While I'm bent over fluffing hay in the bin or checking to see how much water is in the buckets, he'll put his head on my shoulder.  Julio used to do this also.  Sol has earned a special place in my heart.  He came here with some sort of injury to his hips (?) and has trouble walking and is still quite thin, so we're always checking in on him.  He is dominant towards the others regarding hay and feed yet very well mannered around we humans.  He lets me hug him too.

Arlo has the sweetest alpaca face, like he's always smiling.  When he chews his cud, his little round face looks like a cherub singing.  He is sweet, sweet, sweet.  To me, he will always look like a cria.  I often call him my Little Man.  He really does not like his feet touched at all and will cush quickly when we try to trim toenails.  Arlo and Bo's toenails seem to grow the fastest.

Daji is so shy still that when I put out hay, he comes to me first, I'll pull out a handful from the feeder, and I hold out the handful for him to munch on.  Then he'll step in closer and try to eat from the feeder with the others.  He is easily pushed out by the others.  He is also very sweet.  He does not like to be caught by us humans and whimpers.

Desi will usually let both Dan and I give him a hug and does not mind humans at all.  Desi will alarm when he senses danger, so we've deemed him our Guard Alpaca.  He is a big alpaca and super strong.  When he eats pellets from our hands, he is so enthusiastic he almost bites our hands.

After 5 years of living here, Coty will finally eat from our hands, sometimes.  Coty is our tallest alpaca, very calm yet shy like his momma Alana, and struts beautifully when he walks.  His fleece is my favorite.

Copper loves to talk in an adorable high-pitch squeal, often.  He talks quite a bit while at the hay feeders.  Copper is also quite the clown, much like his big brother Henry.  Copper and Henry are quite the pair together, instigating humorous trouble.

Earth also loves to talk and is still our most talkative alpaca.  Sometimes it is a loud squeal, but usually it's a long, drawn out, deep humming.  I tell him he sounds like a sheep.  He is very sweet and gives me kisses every day.  He will also tug at my jacket when trying to get my attention.  He chews hay very slowly and I love to watch his little mouth.

Bo loves the barn so much that he is almost always the last to leave and the first to return.  Bo is allergic to the many flying insects.  He looks pathetic during the summer since he scratches the fleece right off his face around his eyes.  Poor Bo. This summer I will try something homeopathic for him.  And Bo loves to have his picture taken!  When he sees me with the camera, he stands still and poses.  I love spinning his fleece.

Falcon is a very quiet alpaca.  He is always observing whatever is going on, quietly, and bothers no one.  He prefers to cush in the back corners of the barn where the straw is.  But when we bring out pellets,watch out!  He is right there, nosing his way in, making sure he gets some.

North is another big, calm alpaca, with lots of lovely, maroonish fleece.  The fleece on his neck is almost as long as the fleece on his back.  He loves to be scratched behind the ears and down his neck.  He eats hay from my arms as I load it into the outside feeder.  He follows Dan around on the tractor while he's moving snow in the paddock, jumping and pronking.

Speaking of moving snow, we really miss Guinness right now in the depths of winter.  He used to get so excited when Dan brought in the tractor.  He'd lay down in front of the bucket and roll and roll and roll.  None of the other pacas will do that.  He seemed to prefer us humans to his alpaca friends.  lol.  I also really miss his momma Dreamer and all her sass and spunk.  She'd spit on a moment's notice in her alpha way, but also welcomed my neck scratches and hugs.

Bear came to us with a bit of a shoulder injury.  With our fairly flat pasture, much different than the farm he was living on, he was running within a week.  He tries hard to be Alpha, head of the herd.  He has a dominant personality and isn't afraid to let the others know it.  He has lovely silvery-black fleece.  His voice has a growling sound to it, which is how we nicknamed him Bear. 

Cowboy is a very sweet little guy with lots of thick, soft, medium fawn-brownish fleece so we call him Peanut.  He's very quiet and bothers no one like his papa Falcon.  He doesn't mind us scratching and touching him, but is surprisingly strong if we try to catch him for shots or shearing, etc. 

Eragon, aaahh  Eragon.  He is a nice boy and likes to pal around with Henry. He sometimes joins Henry in his sniffing the poo barrow shenanigans.  His face and curly topknot even look a lot like Henry's.  You'd think they were brothers but they are not related at all.  He is usually quiet but will shyly eat from my hand. Dan kind of refers to him as 'the forgotten alpaca' since he doesn't have any paca personality traits that stand out nor is he ever sick.  He's a good boy!  His very dark rose-grey fleece looks fabulous in the sun.

I hope you all enjoyed the tour of our pacas' personalities!  Next time I'll talk fleece colors.  :)

 

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