Hendrix Farms is home to the curious creature known as a llama. Distantly related to the camel, the llama was domesticated thousands of years ago by the Incas of South America.
The llama was bred to be a beast of burden; the Inca Empire was built upon the backs of these animals and was an important part of their culture.
Yes, llamas spit. They usually spit at each other in disputes over territory, food or females. Most llamas do not spit at people unless they are being mistreated or handled in a way that they do not approve of.
Llamas can carry up to 100 pounds. They make excellent backpacking partners as they are much lighter than a horse and do not compact the trail. They also eat about one tenth of what a horse would. A child old enough to keep a hold of a rope can lead a llama almost anywhere.
Llamas are very hardy animals and relatively disease free. They eat very little hay and will browse on almost anything. Poison oak is a favorite, and so are many other leaves.