today is the day to celebrate Alpaca Day.
Inaugurated in 2014 by the Alpaca Owners Association, the day was founded to educate people about how soft and loveable alpacas are, and how they contribute to the global economy.
Alpacas feet are padded and so have less impact on pastureland, leaving other plants in their environment thriving, and their grazing style is also gentle since they don’t have top front teeth.
Alpacas also are vitally important to the people living in the Andes, where they are raised for their soft wool.
They’re also a bit friendlier than their cousin the llama, though they will still spit at you if they feel threatened.