“There’s an alpaca farm in Pärnu, you want to go there?” asked Marcus. And we said yes. We were in Estonia, on our way from the capital Tallinn to another city, Pärnu. We have seen alpacas in a pet exhibit in Stockholm, Sweden before. It would be nice to see alpacas in a farm.
Alpacas are Peruvian animals grown for wool, according to the farm’s homepage. According to wiki, they’re classified as camelids – just like camels and llamas.
“Llamas are more aggressive and taller,” said our young and pretty guide, Ita.
We were in Kännu farm, said to be the largest alpaca farm in Estonia. The owners – a couple from Estonia and Norway – bought their alpacas in the UK. They said their alpacas were the cheapest they could buy at 8000 euros per animal.
The alpacas were calmly eating grass when we got there. Some were bribed to come near by giving them treats: carrots. (In winter, they eat hay.)
We met Frida, Griffin, and the “nameless one”, the youngest in the herd, a week-old alpaca.
While alpacas were in groups, one named Conquest, was isolated. He is the alpha male, and very aggressive. It’s best to keep the males apart because they can castrate each other by biting, according to Ita.
Among the fair alpacas, we saw one that stood out because it was black. There were also goats, angora rabbits and a protective german shepherd who saw to it that the little rabbits were not harassed by the guests. He approached us and checked what we did near the rabbits.
We bought souvenirs like an alpaca toy, key chains and mittens made of alpaca wool. Aunt and cousin bought wool yarns. The doctors in the family are into crafts, too, so they were excited about alpaca yarns. (Come to think of it, they were in every yarn store that we saw during the whole trip).
I found out later that there is an entrance fee to the farm, and I was shocked because we did not pay! Then we realized that aunt and cousin treated us for the wonderfully woolly time in the farm. Thanks, Mima and Wawi!
Check video above. Thanks for reading!
PS Speaking of wool, I wrote an article about merino wool before – so I blogged about this, too. Check this link: “Her advice: Merino wool doesn’t itch”