Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ilama

The Ilama, Lama peruana is a South American member of the Camel family, Camelidae. It stand 1.2 m (4 ft) high at the shoulder and may be more than 1.2 m (4 ft) long plus a short tail and 140 kg (300 lb) in weight. Its body is covered with a fine, fairly long wool. The Ilama was domesticated as a wool and pack animal as long as 4000 years ago by the Indians of Peru from either a now extinct wild ilama or from the guanaco L. guanacoe.



The Ilama is a relative to the camel can carry load of 45kg over a day rugged slopes at high altitudes. Beside being a means of transportation in part of South America the Ilama also furnishes wool used for clothing and blankets.

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