Alpacas are members of the camel family, but unlike their somewhat cantankerous cousins, these shaggy mammals have a docile temperament and are not prone to biting, kicking or indulging in the camel's famous habit of spitting at humans. But like camels, alpacas are herd animals and they do not usually thrive alone. They may become ill without having some company, so they are usually sold in pairs.
Alpacas are easy to keep and maintain and their keepers may be able to sell their fleece, which can be shorn like sheep's wool. Alpaca fleece is renowned for being water-repellent, non-flammable, and hypoallergenic.
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