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The Llama's New Doo

By: Jessica Downs, Animal Keeper
published Tue June 04, 2013

So, in case you were wondering why our llama’s look like they have had war with a pair of scissors, they have indeed been given a new hair “doo”. It may not be the sleekest or in the most fashion, but it does keep them cooler. Just a little piece of advice though, so try not to make fun of their hairy legs because they are super self conscious about how thin they are. They figure that a little hair might make their legs look less scrawny. They are also real big into facial hair; it is considered very attractive and must never be shaved. (You know the whole fear the beard thing…) The llamas are also very impatient, so if their hair cuts seem a little shorter on one side it is probably because it is.

The most important thing to remember though is that the hair had to go. It is just way too hot to be shaggy in the summer.  Just like the sheep, the llamas have to be sheared during the summer to ensure that they do not overheat. So now that they have their “New Doo” they can be more comfortable, because lets face it, nobody wants to wear a sweater in the summer!  So tell them they are beautiful because they would much rather look hot than feel hot.