With three friends I was on a trip to the north of England and we met these alpacas. They are really cute animals with the most beautiful eyes and long eyelashes. Originating in South America they are much smaller than the llama and much better natured. They can spit, like the llama but usually only reserve this habit for another alpaca. Their fleece is much prized, containing no lanolin and so is hypoallergenic. They come in a variety of colours.
When I was in Australia at the beginning of the year I saw numerous herds and alpaca farming seems to have taken off in several areas outside their native South America. They survive quite happily on poor , rough grazing.