We are likely to imagine that llamas got their nickname “Camel of South America” by being South America’s bearers of burdens, just as camels are the “ships of the desert.”

But, strangely enough, llamas really ARE the “camel” of South America.  The odd-looking llamas (LAH-muh) is a member of the camel family.

Scientists believe camels lived in North America many ages ago.  Some wondered down the bridge to South America, while other went off into Asia.  Then  for some unknown reason the ones left in North America disappeared.

Unlike their camel cousins of today, the llama has no hump and a fully grown llamas is only about four feet high at the shoulders.  But if you look closely enough, you can see that the llamas resembles a camel in may other ways.

Like camels, llamas can be very stubborn and ill-tempered.  If a llamas feels its pack is too heavy, or if it thinks it has worked enough, it will lie down and refuse to get until the load is lightened or until it has rested.

If mistreated or annoyed, a llama is likely to spit it bad-smelling saliva in its tormentor’s face.  – Dick Rogers