1.) The “lama” family has four branches: Alpacas, Guanacos, Llamas and Vicuñas.
2.) The Llama is actually a cousin to the Camel.
3.) A conditioned llama can carry approximately 25% to 30% of its body weight, making a llama as strong, if not stronger, than a horse.
4.) They carry 70-120 pounds and are not ridden except by children.
5.) 3,000 to 5,000 years ago Llamas were domesticated in Peru. This makes them among the oldest domesticated animals in the world.
6.) With their highly efficient three-chambered stomach, llamas cost less to maintain than the family dog!
7.) Llamas are "environmentally friendly" animals. Their feet, comprised of soft pads with two toenails, impact the environment less than the boots of an average hiker.
8.) There is little odor to a llama and their manure is almost odor free as well. Because it is low in nitrogen, it makes for a great fertilizer.
9.) The most common sound a llama makes is a soft humming sound. The sound is so soothing that in Peru it is called "praying".
10.) Llamas are considered "domestic livestock" by the Government, not exotic animals.
Ok I have to say something about this picture. (As usual found on google) It is angora rabbit. That is the furriest rabbit that I have ever seen. To Funny.
1.) A group of rabbits is called a herd.
2.) Rabbit droppings make an excellent garden fertilizer (Team them with a Llama and your gardens should grow great.)
3.) A 4 pound rabbit will drink as much water as a 20 pound dog.
4.) Rabbits can see behind them, but have blind spot in front of their face.
5.) The only place a rabbit sweats is through the pads on its feet.
6.) When rabbits are happy, they will jump and twist, this is called a binky
7.) A male rabbit is a buck. A female rabbit is a doe. A baby rabbit is a kit.
8.) The world record for the rabbit high jump is 1 meter.
9.) The world record for the record long jump is 3 meters. That's over 9 feet!
10.) The largest litter of baby rabbits is 24. It has happened twice. Once in 1978 and again in 1999.
A bonus fact about Rabbits-- Biggest bunny: 26 lbs., 7 oz.!
Ok that is it for this weeks Factual Friday. Check back next week to see Lemurs and Monkeys.