Lara, Lisa and Susi
Three beautiful alpacas at Gut Aiderbichl Deggendorf
Lara (dark brown), her daughter Lisa (light brown) and Susi (blond) come from private, good husbandry. Due to their age, the animal-loving owners asked to take in their "three girls". Thus, they have now found their new forever-home at Gut Aiderbichl Deggendorf. Due to the proximity, the animals can also be visited regularly by their owners.
Alpacas, like llamas, belong to the camel family. They are the domesticated form of vicunas and were originally bred for their exclusive wool. Alpacas feed almost exclusively on grasses. Females are pregnant for almost a full year, so a cub is born after about 345 days. This "cria" (baby) is suckled for up to eight months.
It is also interesting to note that there are two types of alpacas: those with curly hair are called Huacaya - Alpaca. The second type has stringy, long curls and is called Suri Alpaca. In general, alpacas are intelligent, curious and kind animals. Perhaps this is why they, like llamas, are used for animal-assisted therapy.
Like camels in general, they are social animals and feel most comfortable in a herd. Their character is calm and peaceful, and so Lara, Lisa and Susi can bring peace.
Lara, Lisa and Susi found a delightful friend right away
Monika, was just one week old when she was taken in with her mother and aunt in Deggendorf. Her coat is black and she has unfortunately been an orphan since December. She gets along well especially with Lisa, who is just two and a half years old. Somehow, she has become like a big, protective sister to Monika.
During the day, Lara, Lisa and Monika as well as Susi stroll around the farm and enjoy the day. Sometimes the path leads them to the cat villa, then back to the pig stall and then to the goats and horses. Everywhere is interesting and, since camels are secretly very curious animals, there is something interesting to discover at every turn.
Feeding the alpacas
Alpacas usually eat hay, grass and drink lots of water. All this forms their nutritional basis. Alpacas eat daily 5% of their body weight, which corresponds to a feed intake of 2.5 kg to 3.5 kg, depending on the size and initial weight of the animal.
Mineral feed is also fed by our animal keepers. Strictly forbidden, however, are apples, carrots and other fruits. Camels do not tolerate these foods.
Therefore, the following rule applies strictly: PLEASE DO NOT FEED OUR ANIMALS. It would be well-intentioned, but it can be fatal for the animals.
Always have respect for yourself, respect for others, and take responsibility for your actions.
~ Dalai Lama