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 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.
Read Darrell's recollections about the record setting llama sale, including the highest selling llama of all time, Newevo for $220,000.
Click here to read the full interview inside of issue three
Darrell remembered, “When you got that catalog no matter how you felt towards Bon or how you felt about suris you couldn’t hardly stay away, you had to be there. It was amazing. They were promoters, the pictures were unbelievable. There were 200 pictures in that catalog; there wasn’t a bad picture in the bunch. I can’t imagine how many hours they spent getting those pictures.”
This article is an excerpt from our interview with Steve and Sue Rolfing of Great Northern Ranch, featured in issue one.
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Steve and Sue Rolfing made waves at the first Celebrity Sale, in 1989, by consigning their lead herdsire and one of the most popular studs of the day. GNLC Catman was bred by Patterson and purchased by the Rolfings in 1985 at the side of his dam. Steve recalls that as Catman developed at the Patterson Ranch, prior to being transported, Dick called to say he had second thoughts about letting go of the striking, jet black male, but Steve held him to their agreement.