…and this is an Alpaca.
I learned this at the County Fair this week. To the casual observer, these animals may seem very similar. One of the most obvious differences is in the ears! The llama has long, banana-shaped ears while the alpaca has shorter, pear-shaped ears. Now I suppose you may have seen a dumpy banana or a long pear at some point in your life, but this only adds to the confusion. Other distinguishing features: llamas have stiff, tangled hair but alpacas have straight, smooth hair; llamas are bigger than alpacas weighing in at between 200 and 350 pounds compared to the alpaca’s typical span of 100 to 175 pounds. Both animals are indigenous to South America.
This goes to show you that I do not attend the fair just for the Italian sausage sandwich with grilled onions and peppers (although that IS a significant incentive), but I also go to learn!