Sunday, August 1, 2010

ABC Wednesday: C is for Chulengo

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Guanaco foals are called chulengos. Guanacos are closely related to llamas, but they are much more fragile and always the same colour. Llamas and guanacos belong to the lama genus and are are in turn closely related to vicunas and its domesticated form, the alpaka, of the Vicugna genus.
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It's all a bit complicated and has been subject to change over the years because all species are so closely related. Guanacos and vicunjas are the two wild camelids living in south America and were treasured by the Incas.
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Since they live at such high altitudes, Guanacos have four times the amount of red blood cells of a human to ensure that they always have enough oxygen. Their wool is extremely fine and soft, only the vicunja's wool is more expensive.

I took these photos in the Tierpark Berlin, where you can see all four species.
What else does C stand for? Find out with ABC Wednesday

20 comments:

Leslie: said...

I'd never heard of these before, but thanks for all the great info about them. Great for today's C Day! :D

photowannabe said...

How sweet. They do look tiny and fragil. I can believe their wool must be wonderful to feel.

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post! And again, I learned something new and that is always the best! Beautiful animals and such a sweet looking Chulengo! Love your photos! Great word for the C Day! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Reader Wil said...

What an interesting animal! Thanks for your visit. You are right language influences our cultures and visa sersa. I even believe that literature is formed by the environment of the authors.

Leo said...

lovely photographs! :)

MorningAJ said...

Wow - a C word I'd never heard before. Fascinating stuff.

Beverley Baird said...

I did not know anything about the chulengos. Thanks for sharing and explaining the differences.

Gramma Ann said...

What lovely photos of the Chulengo. Thanks for sharing the Clever, Creative and informative C post today.

Roger Owen Green said...

I know the llamas and alpacas, buyt these are new to me. very pretty, but they do look fragile.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Cheryl said...

Outstanding photos. What beautiful animals.

Wanda said...

My goodness, what adorable animals. I've never seen one before.

VioletSky said...

Very interesting looking creatures. They look like they have hind legs that go on forever!

Hildred and Charles said...

What lovely elegant creatures, - as a spinner I would really appreciate the fineness of their wool.

Ruth said...

Ah, I learned something today. They are cute, the chulengos - I especially like that picture in the middle.

Mara said...

I like the one where she/he looks right into the camera. Such a sweet face!

LivingSoAbundantly said...

I learned something new! =)

Tumblewords: said...

They look quite a bit like llamas - interesting to learn more about them - thank you!

Anna said...

What beautiful animals! And completely new to me! Makes me think of 'Split Rock Ranch'
http://splitrockranchllamas.blogspot.com/
where they have llamas and make wool from them.
Interesting that these Chulengo are all the same colour and that their blood is so rich in red blood cells to allow them to live at so high altitudes!
Great post.
Best wishes,
Anna
Yes, I chose also an animal, but a very common one!
Anna's Cats

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

How very interesting - I know more now than I did before.

jay said...

What funny looking creatures - they seem to be walking downhill!

I imagine that the Incas did prize them for their wool, meat and milk too.

Funnily enough, coming home through unfamiliar country last week, we passed a small farm with what I assume were a small flock of vicunas grazing in a field with chickens running about between their legs. They can't have been Guanacos, because there were black ones too, but they were all quite small. I imagine the lady of the house is a spinner!