Robert Downey Jr. hit theaters this week in the remake of Dr. Dolittle that is getting some underwhelming reviews. We thought it was a good time to remind people about the best Dr. Doolittle. It's not Eddy Murphy from 1998, or Rex Harrison from 1967, and we're not going to discuss the book from 1920. No, our Dr. Doolittle is from 1975. He was the first celebrity llama stud, producing over 300 crias.
We are working away on issue four, to be released in March 2020. We have some very exciting things in the works!
We interviewed industry founder Kay Temple (Patterson). Read about her memories of the early days with Richard, her favorite llamas through the years, and the building of Hinterland Ranch. This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the Walkabout finale.
We have made it a bit of a mission in 2020 to help put out some positivity out into the world. As kind of a fun thing we present our top five llamas of the last decade!
Honorable mentions- we considered a lot of names. Something you may notice is that our list contains no female llamas. We did consider a couple of lady llamas. We talked about GNLC Silver Lining, who produced several show winners. Jerrika also suggested Nevara, whose $20,000 auction price at the Hinterland Walkabout Finale was donated to the ILR-SD. Other herdsires like Argentine Mach One, Wunsapana's Aslan and LAMS Nutcracker were also talked about. In the end we came up with our list of five, but we encourage you to name your five, especially if they are different from ours!
The short answer is yes... but will they?
Do they spit at people? 99% of the time the answer to this one is no.
Spitting over food
The most common time you see llamas (or alpacas) spitting is when they are competing over food. For people who are lucky enough to spend a lot of time with llamas this is the most common time they have accidentally been spit on. The llama is telling its herd-mate to back off and the person happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. With a bit of awareness and some herd management this is avoidable.