Taken at Derwent Water on 18th April 2023 using Nikon D500 with Sigma 600 mm lens.
Fact File

Local names:
Lama pacos.

The Alpaca is similar to, and often confused with, the llama. However, Alpacas are often noticeably smaller. An adult Alpaca is generally between 81 and 99 centimetres in height at the shoulders. They usually weigh between 48 and 90 kilograms. Alpacas are not bred to be working animals, but are bred specifically for their fibre. Alpaca fibre is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to sheep's wool. The alpaca comes in two breeds, Suri and Huacaya, based on their fibres rather than scientific or European classifications.
Many plants are poisonous to the Alpaca, including the bracken fern, Madagascar ragwort, oleander, and some azaleas. In common with similar livestock, others include acorns, African rue, agave, amaryllis, autumn crocus, bear grass, broom snakeweed, buckwheat, ragweed, buttercups, calla lily, orange tree foliage, carnations, castor beans, and many others.