(plural: ‘alpaca’, the same spelling or ‘alpacas‘; pronunciation: the letter ‘c’ is said with a ‘k’ as in “king” — for the rigtht pronunciation, please click here)
a kind of animal – mammal – looks like a sheep; related to camels and Llamas; found in South American countries: Andes of Ecuador, southern Peru, northern Bolivia, and northern Chile, at the altitudes of 3500 to 5000 metres above sea-level
female ~~ female
baby ~~ cria
group ~~ herd
voice (call) ~~ hum when comfortable; shrieking whine when in danger; cluck, click sound when being friendly; ‘orgles’ (like singing) when mating
Alpacas wool is very valuable. In fact, there are no wild breeds; all alpacas are domesticated and raised for their wool (fleece), which is used in making all kinds of garments, just like how a sheep’s wool is used.