Sunday, January 27, 2013

How I Became an Alpaca Owner

Its started out very innocent like.  It was a simple question one of my students asked when they were researching information for their project on Latin America in the computer lab..
"Ms. Z., do you have llamas?" asked Riley.
"No, I do not, " I replied.
"Llamas are called the beast of burden in Latin America," Riley continued. "You should get one to help you out on the farm Ms. Z."
I smiled and rolled my eyes like 9th graders do and said, "I don't need any more animals Riley." 
"Hey, I saw alpacas once," Sarah chimed in. "How about alpacas Ms. Z?"
"Nope, no desire to own alpacas," I stated.
"What's an alpaca?" Hector asked.  "Show me one Ms. Z."
Of course, I pulled up a picture on Google of an alpaca to show Hector ............
This is NOT the picture I showed Hector 2 weeks ago.
This is a picture of Senor Nieves who was named by my Hispanic students because they told me I needed to name my new alpaca a Spanish name because they come from Latin America.
Nieves means snow in Spanish.  Senor Nieves is a 8 month old white Suri alpaca.  He was purchased as a fiber male by me because I don't know why. Because within 2 weeks after the initial conversation with my students, I got a bug up my butt and started looking at alpacas.  

Of course, I live 4 minutes from the largest alpaca farm in the United States, Magical Farms.   They have appromixately 1500 alpacas and it just so happened they had a few fiber males available, go figure.  I inquired about 2 of them and then a week later a very nice lady called me and told me she had them pulled up into the main barn if I would like to look at them..........and it just so happened that I was off on MLK day and I could make the long 4 minute ride over to see them.  And it just so happened she went to school where I am teaching and it just so happened she was so nice and answered my thousand questions and it just so happened I feel in love with 2 alpacas I said I would never ever own.
The medium brown/spotted one is a Huacaya alpaca.  He just turned one year old on the 16th and is so incrediblely soft!  I love his markings!  His name is to be determined as my students wanted a good picture of him to work on his Spanish name. 

They delivered the boys on Saturday afternoon and let me tell you there was lots of inquisitive animals on the farm.............
............if the animals could talk, I am sure there are lots of interesting comments going on!   I am going to keep the alpacas in a large stall for this week so I can get to know them and they can get to know me.  Senor Nieves is a tad skidish and defintitely needs some handling.  The Huacaya is going to be much easier and is already letting me put my hands on him.

How did I become an Alpaca owner?
I have no clue.
Stupid class assignment on Latin America.
Me and my ideas.