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Salisbury Zoo Announces Three New Baby Alpacas

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Mom and baby alpacas at the Salisbury Zoo Mom and baby alpacas at the Salisbury Zoo
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SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury Zoo announced Tuesday that three baby alpacas were born last month at the zoo, with the most recent addition born the weekend of Oct. 25.

The zoo says the older two alpacas are black and white and the youngest is tan. The zoo received the herd last October from a private breeder in Ohio. The average growth period for an alpaca is around 11 months, but officials it is not uncommon for a pregnancy to go over a year. The zoo says a baby Alpaca is called a "cria," and will weigh between 12 and 20 pounds at birth. Alpacas are said to give birth during the middle of the day.

According to the zoo, the alpaca, llama, guanaco and vicuna animals are from South America and are members of the camelid family. They live in savannahs and deserts of the plains and coastal areas and live most comfortable in the highlands of the Andes. The zoo says camelids are sure-footed animals and are able to climb on unstable terrain. Alpacas and llamas are domesticated animals. Alpacas are descendants of the vicuna while llamas are related to the guanaco.

Alpacas are much smaller than the llama or the guanaco. They are used for their fine wool, which comes in plain black, off white, grey, brown-black and tan. These colors are represented in the nine alpacas at the Salisbury Zoo.

People interested in learning more about alpacas and the camelidae family can visit the Salisbury Zoo from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.salisburyzoo.org.

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