Alpacas have a life span of 15 to 25 years. They weigh between 15 and 20 lbs at birth to reach adulthood at a weight of 105 to 155 lbs. A single baby, called "cria" is normally delivered without assistance during the daylight hours. Twins are rare, occurring once in about every 2,000 births.They are born after an average of 340 days of gestation.
As a rule alpacas are gentle and easy to handle. They rarely kick or spit unless extremely provoked. Spitting is the alpaca way of saying "Bug Off" to let a male know his amorous attentions are not wanted, to ward off a perceived threat or to establish pecking order while feeding.
Alpacas communicate with a series of ear, body and tail postures. Females make soft humming sounds to their cria. They also can emit a shrill alarm sound.
They are the easiest to care for of all livestock. They are clean (they share a communal dung pile), quiet, odor free, and possess the gorgeous, highly desired fiber.
CLEANING CARE OF ALPACA
Hand wash in lukewarm water using a mild detergent, do not agitate.
Use a small amount of fabric softener on last rinse. Air-dry on a flat surface.