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Animal Corner – Alpacas

Alpacas belong to the camel family. They are native to the mountainous areas of South America such as the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile. An Alpaca can reach up to 99 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. They have thick, long hair which is considered to be of very high quality. Alpaca hair, called fiber, is prized for making clothing and…

Animal Corner – Coatimundi

[caption id="attachment_5767" align="alignleft" width="253"] Coatimundi in South America[/caption] The Coatimundi is a member of the raccoon family. They are native to tropical and subtropical areas in  South America and usually live in forests. Their diet consists of fruit,insects, small rodents and bird eggs.A full grown coatimundi can weigh up to about 15 pounds and can be up to 44 inches long from head to the tip of their tail. Female…

Animal Corner – The Red Brahma

The Red Brahma,which is also called the Brahman, originally came from India. In the early 1800's they came to the United States and are the result of breeding 4 different Indian Zebu breeds.The Brahman is one of the most popular cattle breeds around the world as they are very hardy and do well even under adverse conditions, even in tropical environments. Red Brahma have short, dense coats and a hump…

Animal Corner- The Oreo Cow

What does an Oreo and a cow have in common? Apart from the fact that milk goes well with cookies, nothing really... unless you're talking about the Belted Galloway. This animal is sometimes called the Oreo Cow due to their coloration, which is black with a white belt-like stripe down the center! Interestingly enough, it is uncertain where this special coloration came from, but like most traits, it is likely…

Animal Corner – The Vietnamese Potbelly

What makes a regular old pig, like what is found on farms across America different from the Vietnamese potbelly? In reality there is very little difference in the standard farm pig and the Vietnamese potbelly, just a bit of selective breeding. Basically, they have been bred to have certain qualities, reducing their height and increasing their weight. The statistics of this bred are impressive, with the average Vietnamese potbelly pig…

Animal Corner – The Spiny Tailed Lizard

[caption id="attachment_3141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Courtesy WikiCommons[/caption] While their name isn't very flattering, the Spiny Tailed Lizard are pretty cool lizards that live through most of North America, Northeast Africa,the Middle East. Some species even live further east, establishing themselves in hilly, rocky areas. Officially called Uromastyx, there are a variety of species within this family of hardy lizards. As you can tell from their name, they have spiny tails. These…

Animal Corner – The Belted Galloway

Even if you don't know the official name, you've likely seen the Belted Galloway grazing in fields across America. Known for their distinct black and white patter, this cow is sometimes called the Oreo cow since they are black with a distinct white 'belt” in the middle. Those in the cattle industry also sometimes call them “Belties”. While they are primarily considered a beef cow, they are also sometimes used…

Animal Corner – The Miniature Sicilian Donkey

In keeping with our overview of miniature animals, this week we'll learn about the miniature Sicilian Donkey. Standing about 36 tall at the most, this miniature can weigh between 200 to 300 pounds. Often kept as pets, this special breed is known as the most affectionate equines out there Miniature Sicilians make great pets and can even act as pack animals if you are careful on the weight you have…