Blizzard, Samurai, Greyfeather, Mercury, Jupiter, and Santos.
Really, though, just after this photo was taken, the fight was on. Most of their battles don't last very long, and it helps them stay in good shape running around and shoving each other off the hill. Male llamas have 6 sharp canine teeth (2 on top, 1 below) that can cause significant damage to another llama's ears, legs, neck, and nether regions. These teeth appear sometime after age 2, and sometimes not all at once. They are easily removed by sawing them off with obstetrical wire. Easily, but not pleasantly. It's a necessary maneuver, however,as one can imagine.
We got a great first cutting of grass hay. The weather was perfect for cutting and baling, but not so much for loading and stacking. Thanks to strong kids, we got it all in, and now we can pray for rain in earnest.
It is an incredibly good feeling to have a shed full of hay that we grew ourselves.
27 years and 8 months is old for a llama. Some llamas seem old at 20. Cheyenne didn't seem old until a couple years ago, when I checked her birthdate and discovered that she was 25, freaking old already. In good health, with good teeth, she hung around a few more years. How long do llamas live? Generally, into their 20s .As llamas age, their joints get creaky, their teeth go missing and grow sharp edges, and even if their teeth are in reasonably good shape, they aren't able to absorb enough nutrition from their food, no matter how much Equine Senior, shredded beet pulp, alfalfa hay, and sweet feed they get to eat. Today, Cheyenne took a rest in the sunshine, and never got back up. Yes, she has rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. She has expired and gone to meet her maker. Bereft of life, she rests in peace. She is an ex-llama.
Photo taken November 2011, Cheyenne was 27.
I can joke about it, and even insert a link to a Monty Python sketch, because Cheyenne didn't struggle, and I didn't have to call a vet in. Euthanasia, especially in a large animal, is not an easy thing, no matter how skilled the vet. Cheyenne wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but she was a good kid, and I do miss seeing her waiting for me by the feed room door every day. There's a large and growing herd of dogs, horses, and llamas waiting for me on the other side. I'll probably be killed all over again in the stampede.