National Llama Day, celebrated on December 9th in the United States, is a day for celebrating these beautiful animals with unique looks and personalities! Going back to 16th century Europe, llamas were kept as pets by nobles to symbolize their status. Today, you don’t need to keep a llama in your apartment to enjoy them – you can head to a petting zoo to experience the joy of interacting with them!
The inventor of National Llama Day is unknown, but we sincerely thank them for their love of animals! Llamas are related to camels, and live a relatively calm life. They originated 40 million years ago in North America, and slowly migrated to the Southern states, and eventually Europe. After they were introduced to people, they were domesticated and used for physical labor, such as carrying loads. Females are also sheared for their wool several times a year, and can produce up to 1 kg of wool per shearing.
- Llamas have a stubborn character – they won’t move until they have been relieved of a heavy load.
- Males are easily agitated and will fight each other in competition.
- They can live for around 20 years, but have been known to live up to 30.
- They feel great in herds, even accepting sheep and goats as members.
- They are incredibly trainable and have even been taught how to use a mirror!
How to take part
If you want to participate in National Llama Day, start by learning more about the animals. Visit a zoo or farm to get up close and personal with them, and ask questions about their characteristics. You can also watch documentaries to gain a better understanding of their personality. Overall, take the time to appreciate these amazing creatures!
When is National Llama Day celebrated in 2023?
National Llama Day is observed on December 9 each year.