Alpaca. They’re beloved animals who are making a splash socially in many places including Instagram with the #AlpacaOfInstagram hashtag!  But what do you really know about alpaca?

Put your knowledge to the test with these five questions!

 

Where do alpaca come from?

A: History shows us that alpaca are native to the much cooler, high mountain foothills of the Peruvian Andes.

 

Do alpaca need to be shaved each season?

A: You bet! During the winter months alpaca grow a thick and luscious coat that in many places around the world, where alpaca are native to, the thick coat is essential for their survival. History shows us that alpaca are native to the much cooler, high mountain foothills of the Peruvian Andes. Our alpaca fibers which make Norlander Socks come directly from our alpaca farm where they are born and raised in Missouri and may not be used to Midwestern summers and could overheat with their full coats past the winter months.

 

Why is alpaca wool not itchy like other types of wool?

A: Sheep’s wool and Alpaca fiber are both natural materials which are excellent clothing materials but Alpaca is easier to wear for many people because it is not “prickly” like wool. Many people find wool irritating against their skin but tolerate Alpaca Fiber without problems. Wool also naturally contains lanolin which can cause allergic reactions. Alpaca is considered a dry fiber, without lanolin, which means no allergic reactions.

 

Do alpaca spit when they are mad or is that an old legend?

A: Like their cousins the llamas, alpacas spit when angry or annoyed.

 

How do alpaca communicate?

A: Alpacas’ tails are used to express feelings to each other. If they’re bothered by something they will twitch it back and forth. If an animal is being submissive it will raise its tail over its body and crouch down.

 

What do YOU know about Alpaca that you think is interesting or shocking? Comment below! We’ve love to hear from you.