Photo of the Day: Wild Vicuñas in Guatin, Chile

| Taken by Aracely | 3 Comments » | Photo of the Day

The vicuña is one of two wild South American camelids, along with the guanaco, which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes.  It is a relative of the llama, and is now believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas, which are raised for their fiber. Vicuñas are protected in Chile their wool can only be used if the animal dies by natural causes.

Wild Vicuñas

Wild Vicuñas at Guatin, Chile

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3 Responses to “Photo of the Day: Wild Vicuñas in Guatin, Chile”

  1. Marlin says:

    Great photo. Have a great time in Chile.

  2. Brendan Kane says:

    I never knew that alpacas were so high in fiber. lol.

    • Jason says:

      Hey Brendan, how ya doing? I actually enjoyed tasting Alpaca, its good meat. lol. But they don’t eat Vicuna, they are protected.

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