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Photographer's Note

This is a vicu鎙, a wild camelid native to the Andes, and very closely-related to the guanaco, the only other remaining camelid of the Americas. While it is likely that both contributed something, it is generally thought that the vicu鎙 is the wild ancestor to the alpaca, while the guanaco is the ancestor to the llama, although there is a lot of mixing. The vicu鎙's fur is extremely soft, and vicu鎙 sweaters can cost $1000 U.S. (so I went with the still very soft, but much cheaper alpaca sweater at $40). This was taken at a small tourist stop near Pisac, where you can walk into pens filled with llamas and alpacas and pet them and feed them alfalfa. The vicu鎙, being wild, is a bit nastier, so it was behind a fence. I don't know if this is a mother, or even if it is female (though it sort of looks like it), but I thought that Mama Vicu鎙 would be an appropriate title for this one...

And sorry about the uglier grey part of the background. It couldn't be helped!

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  • Copyright: Jordan Downey (Thorondor) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 22] (113)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2007-08-22
  • Categories: 自然
  • Camera: Kodak Z740
  • Exposure:f/3.2, 1/750 seconds
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  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 21:24
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