Thursday, February 4, 2010
Llamas love carrots
When the llama ladies first arrived at Critter Farm, they hummed with anxiety, bolted at virtually any movement made toward them, and preferred, for the most part, next to no human contact.
Over these last few rainy months, I've not done a great deal of work with them other than to show them that I am consistent in my care: I feed them, I clean up after them, I speak kindly, and...I feed them carrots.
The carrots have done more for the taming of these characters than I ever could have imagined.
The video below highlights this quite well. It also makes me laugh. First, it gives a stunningly clear picture of the state of our property right now: M-u-d-d-y with a capital "M". You can hear my boots slurping up the hill as I walk toward the llamas at the beginning. Sorry about all my darn talking - normally I wouldn't include a video with so much of my voice, but this little snippet shows each of their personalities so well - just in the act of eating their beloved carrots - that I had to share.
There's Dolly, the biter of fingers if you don't move them out of the way quickly enough, followed by Kai, the eager but overly timid, and finally, Toni, the helps-herself-gal:
I've grown quite fond of these funny, furry faces.