LLearning About and Lloving LLamas
We have had our llama for a couple of weeks now. Although the honeymoon might not quite be over yet, I think my llama llove is going to be everllasting.
For the first few days she was rather stand-offish. OK, really stand-offish. She chose a corner of the pasture and stayed there for most of the day and night. But with the proper enticement (food – food is always the way to win over a ruminant), she is now running to the barn whenever she sees us out there.
And we are llearning the ways of the llama called Widget.
She llays down a llot. At about any time of the day, there is a 50/50 chance you will catch her llaying in the field. It seems strange to see such a big animal all stretched out on the ground. We call it the llazy llama pose. She llooks llike a real llady of lleisure. Of course, I suppose she isn’t really being llazy. I am sure she has llots of cud to chew, what with having 3 stomachs and all.
Yep, that’s right. Llamas have not 1 or 4, but 3 stomachs (or stomach compartments if you want to be absolutely correct). When they are really agitated, they will draw their spit from further back in their stomach compartments and spit green! So far, Widget has been spitless.
She is part hamster. When Ellen from Fort Lucas Farm dropped Widget off, she warned me that I would be alarmed when Widget’s mouth swelled. Widget has a cute habit of storing her food in the side of her mouth. The side of her mouth will grow llarger than a llemon when she is llapping up grain and return to its normal size after she llays in the field for a while.
She is a stealthy llady. When you are walking in the pasture and think you hear a faint sigh behind you – you might just turn around to find a llama. She appears with barely a whisper of a sound. This is thanks to her padded, not hooved, feet.
All in all, Widget brings a feeling of serenity to the place. The goats are funny animals that cavort all over the place. They are loud and bungling. But Widget is serene and peaceful, casting her llovely llarge eyes quietly about. And when her eyes lland on me….
Llucky llama llover, am I.