|A llama at the KC Zoo|
Llamas actually started out in North America, and then they moved to South America about 2.5 million years ago. We know this because llama fossils have been found in the Rocky Mountains and also in Central America. These fossils are from the Pleistocene era, and some of them are bigger than modern llamas. If you were hanging out in the U.S. about 25,000 years ago, you would have seen llamas in places like California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Missouri, and Florida. But by the end of the Ice Age, 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, there weren't any camel-type animals left in North America.
|A 1920 postcard from Peru|
Anyway, Mom thought it was pretty funny that she got spat on by a llama, because how many people can say that ever happened to them? Frankly, it seems kind of silly to me, but Mom really likes this story, so that's why she made me tell it to you.
I asked Mom if we could get a llama of our very own. She said she would like to have one, but it would be better if we lived in a place where there is more space to graze. So maybe someday we can move to the country and get a llama, which would be lots of fun -- if it ever really happened.