Llamas As Guards
Llamas As Guards
We believe that for Llamas to live out their lives happy and content they need to have a buddy of their own species. There are a number of opinions on this subject. Actually opposing views.
Sheep owners will say that their Llama bonds with the sheep herd and really don't need a buddy. If they have a companion Llama they will bond with each other and not be true guardians.
Llama breeders and those folks that study Llamas will state that "Llamas need a companion Llama - they can and do work in pairs to protect their wards."
These two photos illustrate Llamas doing just that. The first photo was taken by Sarah Jane Wales. Sarah lost three ducks and two rabbits prior to owning Louie and Bertie. Since her boys arrival, eighteen months ago, Sarah has not experience any more losses of her treasured barnyard friends. The bottom photo shows three Llamas gathering up their alpaca herd and standing guard. All strategically placed to protect. There were drones flying overhead and the Llamas believed that these unfamiliar objects might be a danger to their wards.
At Misty Morn Llamas we truly believe that guard Llamas need a companion. Therefore we will not sell a single Llama for guard duties. Our exceptions: If one of your guards (of a pair) has passed away and you need a replacement/buddy for the remaining Llama we may be able to assist in finding your Llama a new buddy. Please note that two Llamas purchased but separated by fields/pastures to guard different herd/groupings is not considered to meet the requirement of pairing buddies to guard.
We would also mention that if you are experiencing 'wolves' as predators then we would suggest another means to protect your animals.
Shelley K. Nottrodt, Timberlane Ranch
Shelley and Dave purchased several Llamas from us. These are Shelley's comments regarding Llamas working together to guard their Alpacas. Dave and Arctic Thunder's photo alongside.
"Timberland Ranch would like to support your comments re: The need for a same species Companion.
We have two female Llamas, & two male Llamas. In each gender there is a more assertive guard who takes their job protecting our Alpacas very seriously. The other is like a 2nd in command, working as a team with the designated head guard.
All four Llamas are naturally great guards, but also enjoy the companionship of a same species friend who helps share the duties. If an alarm is sounded, the Alpacas all line up behind the sounding Llama, facing the same direction. Usually other fields will do the same. If an animal is in distress, injury or labour, or just distracted, and does not make it to the barn, the Llamas will not enter the barn. I could not think of putting all the stress of constant surveillance on one Llama without a companion. Although affectionate, loving animals, all four Llamas make their jobs first priority when needed."