Old 23rd October 2003, 13:10   #1
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farmer protected by llama's

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/n...re/3205803.stm


Yea winamp even saves farmers.
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Old 23rd October 2003, 13:56   #2
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Old 24th October 2003, 08:33   #3
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"They take their job very seriously, so I wasn't surprised when they came to protect me."

I'd like to see the Sonique mascot do that.

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Old 24th October 2003, 08:38   #4
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I'd like to see the Sonique mascot do that.
he just starts running
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Old 24th October 2003, 09:28   #5
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wha! cool!
very cool even
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Old 24th October 2003, 18:06   #6
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I'll have to have some of them smuggled over here to gaurd the house
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Old 25th October 2003, 01:36   #8
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Guarding Behavior

Llamas may react in a number of ways when a predator is sighted. They become suddenly alert and very attentive to their surroundings or to the predator. They may sound an alarm call as a warning to the flock that there is a predator present. After sighting the predator, llamas may walk or run towards the predator they spotted and try to chase it away or kick it. Llamas have been observed to kick and paw at dogs with their front legs, stomp on it and then follow that with a kick by the rear legs. Llamas have killed coyotes which have threatened their flocks. They may also herd the sheep together into one area or herd them back up to the barn or shelter to try and keep them safe. The llama might position itself between the sheep and the predator.

Llama Sounds

Male llamas will orgle when aroused or while breeding a female. An orgle sounds similar to someone gargling. It is just a little more forceful and has a bit of a buzzing tone throughout. The male will make this sound while approaching a female for breeding and will continue until copulation is complete. This can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour. The males do not show any signs of discomfort during or after orgling for so long.


Sheep Guarding

The two main predators of llamas in South America are the puma and a coyote-like animal. This makes llamas naturally wary of these types of animals. People have utilized this natural and instinctive behavior by using llamas as guard animals against primarily canids (the dog family). They are used all over the country to protect sheep from dogs, coyotes and other predators. The llama has specific guarding behaviors used to keep predators at bay. For many sheep ranchers guard animals are a more successful and a more humane alternative to predator control than trapping, shooting or poisoning coyotes. Llamas have also been used to guard ducks, geese, deer and cattle.

Selecting a Guard Llama

The age of a guard llama does matter. If a guard animal is needed immediately, then a younger llama is not appropriate. Llamas do not begin guarding until about 2 years of age or older. A younger llama will not be territorial or mature enough to properly defend a flock of sheep. Buying a younger llama as a guard animal and placing it in the flock is acceptable if there is not a current predator problem. A younger llama may be less expensive than an older experienced guard animal.


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Old 25th October 2003, 03:03   #10
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Nice.

(isnt there a nicktoon where one of the characters are madly obsessed with WA3 mascots aka llamas???)
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