Friday, 12 June 2009

Alpaca Pedicure

Fun and games yesterday as it was the three monthly alpaca and llama feet trimming exercise. Basically we catch up all our alpaca and our one llama, Douglas, to check the conditions of their feet. We trim their nails and check for any early signs of foot rot, which fortunately they don't have. They also get a full health check by the keepers.

Although alpacas and llamas are strong robust animals, which in South America are used like 'pack horses' to carry heavy loads, they can easily be overcome by someone holding onto their ears. Our smallest keeper, Nicola, is easily able to control them by using this method whilst Ben trimmed their feet.

Once done we let them back out into the

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