This gallery contains 4 photos. The lesser known relative of the llama and alpaca, the guanaco is sized somewhere in between, with a similar camel-like face (and like the camel, it can spit if it is upset and/or feels threatened). Unlike the camel, the guanaco is also a good swimmer, which makes it at home on land or in the water.
I am reminded of the 1999 animated flick, The Emperor’s New Groove, when I see these animals. Such a serene expression, eh? Although Cuzco was never this smooth.
That is one long neck and such dainty feet!
The fur of the guanaco is comparable to cashmere. These South American natives were photographed at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on September 14.