GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- With the Sun City llamas on the lam in Arizona, many in Colorado followed their dash for freedom. So Friday, they gave me the assignment of trying to find out all I could about llamas. My response was easy, al-pack-a-bag!
Of course alpacas and llamas are different. Llamas getting their name when the Spanish sailed to South America and found natives using the powerful animals as pack animals—beasts of burden.
Llamas showed up on the Central Plains of the USA 40 million years ago. But when the asteroid crashed into what is now Cancun, the critters were pushed south during the resulting ice age.
Colorado is currently one of the states with a large llama population. Friday we found 15 on the Llamas Colorado Ranch in Greenwood Village, run by John Myers.
“I have been raising and breeding llamas for about 10 years,” said Myers. “These are the best pack animals in the world. Strong legs, flat back and the most sure-footed animals in the world.”
Myers said they are easier to round up than the folks in Sun City made it look … there they were on the loose for over an hour. “All they needed to do was let them eat some grass, then slip a lasso around their super-strong necks.”
When I asked how fast the llamas were I was just told they are 'llamagini fast!' Here’s hoping not to get between a pair of the animals … so as not to get, you know, llamanated!