Most of my llamas are around two metres high – not an animal that most people would consider as a “pet” and certainly not a “house pet” – but why not?
Many people are astonished when I tell them that the llamas come in the house – I guess they assume that they aren’t house trained ……….wrong!
Llamas use a communal poo pile – and even new born babies understand that, and use the poo pile – so unless your home has a poo pile inside – and mine doesn’t – llamas will respect that and wait till they can return to their outside poo pile if they need a toilet stop.
Perhaps you might think something that tall would be clumsy and far too rough to have in your house – wrong again. Llamas are very aware of space around them. Never has one knocked over an ornament………although one of them has raided the fruit bowl once!
But, don’t their feet damage the floor coverings? No, just like dogs and cats, llamas have padded feet, and when they walk on hard floors, you can hardly hear them walk in.
It’s also a surprise for people when we take a couple of llamas into an aged care facility. I suspect that initially the staff are concerned that the llamas might take an inappropriate toilet stop or hurt one of their clients – but the llamas are amazingly gentle and very curious. The llamas delight the clients who can hand feed these gentle giants The llamas are more than happy to snuffle around to see where their next piece of carrot might be hiding, while gently strolling from one person to the next.
It is a bit of a challenge for a prey animal (the llama) to enter a cave (the house) with a predator (a human), but once you have the llama’s trust, he will follow you pretty much anywhere you ask him to go.
It is a great honour to have the trust of our llamas, and wonderful to see them generate such pleasure to so man people.