The llama is a South American relative of the camel, however unlike the camel, llamas do not have humps. These sturdy creatures are domestic animals used by the peoples of the Andes Mountains.
Native people have used llamas as pack animals for centuries. Typically, they are saddled with loads of 50 to 75 pounds. Under such weight they can cover up to 20 miles in a single day.
Pack trains of llamas, which can include several hundred animals, move large amounts of goods over the very rough terrain of the Andes. Llamas are willing pack animals but only to a point. An overloaded llama will simply refuse to move. These animals often lie down on the ground and they may spit, hiss, or even kick at their owners until their burden is lessened.
Llamas graze on grass and like cows, Llamas can survive by eating many different kinds of plants, and they need little water. This make them durable and dependable even in sparse mountainous terrain.
Llamas contribute much more than transportation to the human communities in which they live. Leather is made from their hides, and their wool is crafted into ropes, rugs, and fabrics. Llama excrement is dried and burned for fuel. Even in death, llamas can serve their human owners—some people slaughter them and eat their meat.
These useful mammals are awesome and I hope you like them as much as I do.