|Even though her ears are back, she is relaxed and looking around, not angry or threatened|
Spitting: The most popular association when people hear the word alpaca is spitting. Just like every dog can bite, every alpaca can spit. However, if they are well socialized to people and their surroundings, chances are you will not be directly spit at by an alpaca. I have a good record so far of 15 years and still have not been targeted. However, people can be spit in when feeding pellets or treats. Often the unwitting are caught in the crossfire of one or two alpacas trying to push off the others for food.
There are two types of spit: A head pointed up or out and air spitting as a warning. A green bile / grass / hay loogie is the follow through often after the warning. Steer clear of both.
With the green spitting, this leads to the "bubba lip" of an alpaca - a highly unattractive 15-20 minutes of the alpaca's life while recovering from spitting and/ or fighting. The bile tastes horrible in their mouth and they may try to nibble hay or grass to clean the pallet, but to no avail. They just have to wait it out until the nasty taste is gone.
|A new cria nursing from its mother|
|This younger alpaca has its tail up in submission|
|Cowboy with his tail up making himself look larger|
|Fran splits her upper lift to smell what I have in my hand|