Dances with llamas
April 23, 2013 6:38 PM Subscribe
posted by Wordshore (64 comments total)
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In southern Sweden, scene of recent sheep-killing incidents perpetrated by wolves, llamas are being introduced
to see if they will kick wolf-butt and protect the sheep. In the US, the guard llama
is becoming a more common "first line of defense" on ranches.
"Llamas have been trialled already as sheep guardians in the US, with authorities finding pleasing decreases in coyotes attacks. The Skåne Board is hoping that the natural fighting instincts of llamas will yield similar results against the Swedish wolf."
In the US, guard llamas keep sheep safe from coyotes
. "Llamas react to canids threatening herds in a variety of ways, starting with a posture to alert others in the herd, then sounding a special alarm cry, and often running towards the threat, kicking and placing themselves between it and the herd. Dogs and coyotes have been injured and even killed by llamas."
BBC Worldwide shows donkey and llama vs dog
, while llamas will also harass sufficiently annoying people
and raise the alarm