Is that indigestion?
Despite how they sound, fallow deer are not prone to tummy troubles. Their call, referred to as ‘groaning’, simply sounds like a burp!
Fallow deer change colors depending on the season. In the summer between the months of May and October, the deer feature brown fur with white spots. In the winter, the fur changes to a grayish brown and the spots disappear. How cool is that!
Although they are herd animals, fallow deer tend to separate into two groups: the females (does) and the baby deer (fawns) in one and the males (bucks) in another. They generally stick to their own groups until mating season comes around.
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What do Jeffrey and zebus have in common?
Like camels, zebus have a hump on their back that stores fat. They utilize the stored fat as an energy resource when food is unavailable. It’s kind of like having a lunch box on your back. They also have a slow metabolism which means their energy resources last longer.
Zebus are sacred in India as they are associated with the Hindu god, Siva. Because of this, zebus are not eaten in most parts of India. Only their milk is consumed.
Another great things about zebus is that they are more resistant to parasites and diseases than traditional cattle. This is extremely helpful as the majority of the zebu population resides in tropical climates where such issues are common. Zebus also tolerate extremely hot weather better than average cows because of their small size.
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If you haven’t been to Lewis Farm Market, you haven’t had the opportunity to meet our fun animals yet! Did you know our animals stay at the farm 365 days a year?! Yes, that means they even stay here during the cold winter months! Did you also know that all of our animals have their own names (with the exception of the birds)? Yep, it’s true! We truly love our animals and consider them apart of our family! Below we’ve showcased just a few of the many animals that you can interact with at our farm!
Say hello to the stars of the show..
Jeffrey is a dromedary camel which means he only has one hump. Jeffrey has been with Lewis Farm Market for a long time and was bottle-fed from a baby. He thinks he’s a dog and follows us all around the farm. We got him a lady friend named Jenny to keep him company, but Jeffrey isn’t interested. Poor Jenny.
Keepin’ the sand out!
Camels have three eyelids and two rows of eyelashes to keep sand out of their eyes. It also makes them look beee-uuuu-ti-ful!
What’s with the hump?
A camel’s hump stores fat that can be used for nourishment if food is unavailable. If a camel uses all of their fat resources, the hump will be come soft and a bit droopy.
Camels retain so much water that their poo is very dry and can be used as fuel.
It makes sense why camels are valuable pack animals in countries like Saudi Arabia. They are uber equipped for the sand. They can travel vast distances without food or water. AND they make their own, um….firewood.
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Baby llamas are called crias. These smart little guys are able to walk within the first hour after being born!
As social herd animals, llamas protect each other. When a cria is born, the female llamas will form a circle around it to protect it from predators. When in danger, llamas will make a shrill alarm call to warn their buddies that something is wrong.
Although a llama can lift up to 30% of their body weight, they will not carry more than what is comfortable for them. If too much weight is put on them, they will refuse to move until some of the load is removed.
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Did you know…
Did you know that alpacas were domesticated by the Incas nearly 6,000 years ago? These fluffy guys are ancient! There are about 3.5 million alpaca in the world today. The largest population of alpaca (3 million) lives in Peru.
Alpaca were treasured by the Inca for their fleece which was a luxury item reserved for nobility. Alpaca fleece is warmer and less scratchy than wool and is also more water resistant. The fleece is still highly valuable today and is used to make coats, blankets, socks, and other cozy products.
There are two types of alpaca: Suri and huacaya. Suris feature long, silky hair that can turn into dreadlocks while huacayas get more of the fluffy and furry fleece. Heartier and easier to care for, 90% of the alpaca population are huacaya.
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