markings notwithstanding, Sparkle is easy to identify in
the herd because of her behavior - she is always the last
in line for anything, moving at a slow and methodical
pace. We like to think of her as "running on
Chico is the
largest llama in the herd, standing taller and
stockier. Despite his size, Chico ranks near the
bottom of the pecking order in the herd and is frequently
bullied by the girls at feeding time (we make sure he
gets enough to eat!)
One of the
smallest llamas in the herd, Dumplin' is considered a
"mini llama." She and herd queen Zoe are
inseparable - and very cute
alpacas are members of the Camelid family, and Lacy Ann's
face is most "camel-like" of all the llamas, helping
her to stand out.
dark chocolate with some marshmallow and milk chocolate
highlights, Candy Kiss really is a "sweet
While her last
name isn't Trump, Ivana certainly carries herself with
the grace and confidence of a power broker!
Not shy about letting you know she is a hands-off
female in the herd, Queen Zoe carries herself with the
confidence of a woman in charge. Quick to
investigate any intruder or possible threat to the herd,
Zoe is as fearless as she is curious. Dumplin' is
her right-hand-woman, and the two are rarely seen apart -
it is really cute!
MINI ME: Like Dumplin', Mini Me is a mini llama, smaller than most full grown llamas. Some breeders purposely selectively breed their animals to produce minis as some buyers prefer smaller versions.
The previous owners of these 10 llamas spend
winters in Florida and had been paying a local farmer to
look after the herd while away from home. The
owners decided that re-homing the llamas at a sanctuary,
where they would receive year-round attention, would be
in the best interests of the herd. It would also
offer the owners peace of mind all winter, knowing their
beloved llamas were receiving proper care and given the
attention and affection they enjoy and deserve.
Finding a new home for the llamas that would offer
an environment the owners approved of and would
promise not to separate or adopt out any of the llamas
was a tall order. After visiting the Farm Animal
Rescue of Mifflinburg and learning that we had room for
all 10, that we are a permanent sanctuary and that we do
whatever we can to make the resident animals happy and
healthy, the owners made arrangements to have the whole
herd transported to the FARM. They are
beautiful additions to the FARM and we are delighted
to welcome them!
and strong, Carol Ann is high up in the llama herd
pecking order, and she helps to enforce the herd rules.
Carol Ann is Chico's
White with a
black face and dark spots and tail, Cookie was named
after sandwich cookies by her previous
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LLAMAS AND ALPACAS: Llamas and alpacas are related species and can be inter-bred. Llamas are typically larger than alpacas and have a more boxy appearance - alpacas tend to have more rounded backsides when viewed in standing profile. Alpacas often have more valuable fleece. Llamas often are used as pack animals and as guardians of sheep and goats, as they have been known to attack dogs and coyotes very effectively.
OREO ( In Loving Memory) Oreo passed away in August, 2015 from complications related to pregnancy. We were heartbroken to lose Oreo and her baby (llama babies are called, "cria"), but we take comfort in the knowledge that she spent the last year of her life enjoying fresh air and green grass, good food and care and our love.
taking dirt baths and running around stretching his legs.
Llamas that are excited or playful frolic comically
- this is known as
Shaggy and Oreo were kept as pets, living in a barn
stall for about 6 years without access to pasture.
Their owner decided to re-home them and donated
them to a local exotic animal refuge. The refuge
specializes in wild animals and did not have room
available for the llamas, so with the previous owner's
consent the llamas came to live here at the FARM.
While otherwise healthy, the llamas required
significant dental work, which we had a vet perform under
anesthesia. We had Shaggy gelded and the couple
were given a private pasture - they were happy to have a
place to run and roll
Bernie is a male alpaca who was donated to the
FARM after living as a pet with a loving family in
Lycoming County. Bernie lived with another male
alpaca who became very ill and had to be euthanized.
Recognizing that alpacas are herd animals that need
to live with at least one other pasture companion,
Bernie's owners were faced with purchasing another alpaca
to be his friend or finding him a good home.
Fortunately we had room on the FARM and Bernie has
his new forever home!
Llamas & Alpacas