Was considering ‘borrowing’ one to carry my pack for me… But I’m not sure what I’d do with him on the ferry. Would he be charged as vehicle or foot passenger ? Does he need a life jacket? Who knows.
Their primary purpose is to grow hair, apparently Alpaca fiber is much like sheeps wool, except lighter, softer, warmer and not itchy at all. You can eat them, their meat is called La Viande (in Austrailia), apparently it is quite a lean meat with a taste described as “similar to sweet lamb”.
Best of all (in terms of keeping an Alpaca as a pet) is they use a communal dung pile. Because of their tidy toilet habits some alpacas have been successfully house-trained!
But what about their famous spitting of greeny grass stomach bile? Well apparently they generally reserve this treatment for other Alpacas, but will occasionally spit at a human. All in all, they get the thumbs up from me, how much are they?