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Otters Oddites

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Here's a llama, there's a llama, and another little llama, fuzzy llama, funny llama, llama llama duck!


Llama llama, cheesecake llama, tablet, brick, potato, llama, llama llama, mushroom llama, llama llama duck!

And now, who has that damn song rolling through your head? I know I do. And I will for the next few days....


I suppose there's worse songs to have running in your heads. (Sister Christian, I'm looking at you...) But, I said to myself, "Hey Mickey! What do you care about songs in other peoples heads?" After all, It's almost Halloween, and all I want is candy! Even if I have to steal it. It's not like I'm some kind of goodie two-shoes. I mean, I used to torture my sisters Barbies! And it used to make her so mad. All she wanted was to have fun, but then, I'd break her heart like it was glass, so she'd get the eye of the tiger and take me on.

My work here is done. I have now planted at least one song in your heads. Ha. Haha. Hahahahaha.


But hey, it's also Monday. And you know what that means, right? It's Made Up Monday! I'm going to tell you a tale and you tell me if it's true or false.

Here we go. Todays post is about llamas. Not ducks. There are no ducks in todays post. Well, not after that last mention of a duck. Dang! did it again. Ok! No ducks starting NOW!


The llama is a common animal. Most of us are familiar with them. We all probably know of a farm in our areas that raise llama, or their cousins, the alpaca. We also know that these animals are indigenous to South America. It was the Moche, (pre-Incan civilization), who first brought the llama into Mexico. And the Spanish continued bringing them north.

But that's not really the truth.

Llamas are known as a camelid. Camelids include other dromedary animals like, camels. (Camels and llamas are cousins, didja know that?)


Anyway, llamas, (like all the camelids), originated not in South America, but in North America. Five million years ago, if you were to go into the Rockies, you would have found large herds of llamas. (And if you went into the desert south-west, you would have seen lots of camels).

Camels, (and horses), migrated east across the land bridge that connected modern Alaska and Russia. Llamas migrated south beginning three million years ago when volcanic activity raised the Isthmus of Panama, connecting North and South America.


By 35,000 years ago, all the llamas and camels, (and all but 1 species of horse), were extinct in North America.

It was up to other nations colonizing America to bring these animals back home, where they started.


So, lies or truths? Llamas are North American, or no.

I will have an answer for you tomorrow. And no more ear worms. I swear.

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