- Baby alpacas are called cria. Isn’t that just one of those words that sounds so lovely when you say it out loud?!
- Alpacas are incredibly good at bouncing. Have you seen them do it? It’s amazing! Rikin and I tried to capture that zaniness in the character of Alfonso. I imagine that Alfonso would bounce absolutely everywhere if he could.
- Alpacas are the smallest members of the camel family. Alfonso may be small, but he’s strong!
- Alpaca wool is sooooo soft! Not even the teeniest bit itchy. Alpacas are sheered once a year. Their fleeces can be turned into wool which is perfect for knitting a jumper with – grab those knitting needles people! Although, I prefer a crochet hook myself!
- Alpacas love a good… DUST bath. A lovely pile of dry dust and they are there. Yep! They love to roll around in it, and it’s super fun to watch!
We’ve tucked a few more alpaca facts into the back of the book, after Colin and Alfonso’s story. But tell me, have you seen any alpacas recently?
Where were they?
Do you have any alpaca facts or stories to share?
We’d love to hear about them!
You can find out more about Alfonso the alpaca, and his friend Colin (a bear), in This Book Has Alpacas and Bears from Emma Perry and Rikin Parekh.