21 Reasons To Appreciate Fluffy And Cool Alpacas On Their Special Day
Alpacas have to be the defining animal of the hipster movement (don’t worry if you can’t tell alpacas and llamas apart, you are not alone and no one will blame you!). You have seen them in accessories, t-shirts, purses, pot-related memes and even as pets.
Well, because there is a day for everything, we are celebrating the one and only World Alpaca Day!
1. They are as Latin American as it gets.
Alpacas, known scientifically as vicugna pacos, as are a synonym of Andean culture and are endemic to the mountain ranges of the South American countries of Peru, Bolivia and Chile, although they can also be seen in Ecuador. They have been bred and raised for their fibrous and furry coat for thousands of years by the indigenous people of the region. They still represent a good source of income.
2. Their furry cousins, llamas, are unas chingonas as well.
OK, let’s get something straight. Llamas and Alpacas are not the same. Alpacas are way smaller, for starters, weighting only up to 200 pounds compared to the 500 or 600 that llamas can reach. Llamas are also used as transport and as carriers.
3. Because alpacacorns.
Move over bunnycorns and unicorns! The alpacacorn is the ultimate cuteness symbol. Also, if the unicorn has been a symbol of European royalty for decades, we can have our own Latino myth, right?
4. They are just the best meme-ready beasts in the animal kingdom.
Really, cats on the Internet are so 2005. Alpacas and their cousins llamas are the most expressive beasts on the planet, and millions of digital natives know it.
5. When life looks down on you alpacas make you go chin up, chest out, be proud.
Alpacas are like natural serotonin: just looking at them makes us feel all soft inside. Alpacas hold their heads up high and are dignified, like we all want to be!
6. Their folk have travelled the five continents.
Just look at this mate, Alfie, just chilling in the Australian seaside. Alpacas have been bred in farms far away from their homeland. In Australia and New Zealand, for example, you can stay in farms full of these furry cute little things and have a refreshing holiday.
7. They have inspired the coziest plush toys ever.
Can we just drop dead there and sleep for like two days straight?
8. They are game for a road trip.
Alpacas are now being cared for as pets the world over. Just look at this handsome dude just taking it all in, the breeze, the landscape.
9. Because they are amazing muses.
You can’t go wrong painting an alpaca… if you have at least basic artistic skills, of course.
10. Crochet anyone?
We are sure that llamas and alpacas must be the best sold animals on Etsy! There are pins, jewelery, pots and basically all you can imagine. Can’t find it? Make it yourself!
11. They are beautiful beings… so we have to protect them in the wild.
The Andes have been savaged by decades of industrial distress and mining. Alpacas need to thrive in their own environment so let’s protect it, shall we?
12. Because baby + alpacas = oh my heart!
Ay, Dios mío! Show this to all your tías and they will go “ay mis vidos!”.
13. Because we can’t thing of a cuter way to keep our hands warm.
That’s one lucky woman!
14. No better way to get your handicraft juices flowing.
One of the best ways to destress is to get busy with your hands (not like that, mal pensados!). Draw some inspo from this travel companion and make your own!
15. Because alpacas smooching are the definition of wild love.
Seriously, they have better love lives than many of us!
16. Because alpaca coffee mugs: seriously, even el pinche lunes would be better waking up to this face everyday.
Take all our money now!
17. Because nothing spells PRIDE like a rainbow alpacacorn.
Can every Latino Pride Parade make this their official mascot, porfavorcito?
18. Seriously, can we imagine a better wedding photo companion?
This photo was taken all the way in Germany, by the way, chavos.
19. Because they just fit in with furry perritos falderos.
In a way, these Andean big-eyed cutties are just like big, fluffy companion canines.
20. They are the best tour guides.
Look at this cool Peruvian dude taking all those fresh dollars off gringo tourists. Good on him!
21. And did we mention they look awesome in sunglasses?
Yes, we did, but we just can’t get enough of them!