I thought I'd share something quite unique that's hanging on one of our walls. Mom says it's one of her most prized possessions - besides me of course. It's a piece of art that Mom and Dad found in a gallery a few years ago. They just had to have it, despite it's size. Mom said when they got it home it was even larger than it looked in the gallery (kind of like the Christmas Tree you see in a field....Harrooorrroo!) so they were a bit concerned but were determined to find a good spot for it. Take a look:
It's a wolf made completely from Alpaca fur! It's SO soft and sometimes when Mom's not looking I go up and bury my snooter into the part that I can reach. It's important to note that no Alpaca's were harmed to make this wall hanging. Only the fur was harvested (sheared) just like sheep, then attached to a synthetic backing. These are Alpacas:
Mom thinks they're very whimsical looking! They have become very popular here in the United States and are easily kept by young and old alike. They are very social animals and do best in herds since they don't like to be alone. Sort of like us. They weigh between 160-200 lbs and get this.....they have three stomachs! Harrooorroo! One would think they'd eat alot of great things having that many tummies but their main diet consists of grass. They are very easy to keep in captivity and adjust to most any climate. Alpacas live an average of 20 years - Woo! They are said to be alert, intelligent, and very curious - like a Siberian Husky! We really do have alot in common. Except for the three stomach thing of course. A neat thing about them is that they like to be sheared around every 12 to 18 months. Their fur is as soft as cashmere and lighter and warmer than wool. Their fur also comes in 22 natural colors which lends itself to some beautiful man made products like the wall hanging we have. It has become an interesting and lucrative hobby for many, as the carefully sheared fur is in great demand due to it's high quality and hypo-allergenic aspects. You can learn more about these interesting creatures here.
I'm still trying to figure out how to get it off the wall. I'm thinking it would be pretty great to stuff into my crate and curl up in. Woo!