The llama is a South American relative of the camel. They are domesticated animals used by the peoples
of the Andes Mountains to carry heavy loads, typically 50 to 75 pounds. Under such weight
they can cover up to 20 miles in a single day. They are willing pack animals but only to a point. An overloaded llama will
simply refuse to move. These animals often lie down on the ground and they may
spit, hiss, or even kick at their owners until their load is lightened.
Llamas graze on grass, leaves, and shoots, and chew it as
cud. Cud is a mouthful of swallowed food that is regurgitated from the first
stomach. They have 3 stomach compartments and their food must pass through all
the stomachs during digestion. Enemies of the llamas are mountain lions, snow
leopards, and cougars. Llamas are not found in the wild.