Llamas and Inca Ruins
A baby llama (a cria) running around Inca ruins adds lively entertainment to a leisurely stroll through history.
|Cria at the Inca Ruins
The terraces in Cuenca’s Pumapungo Inca ruins (which I wrote about here) are filled in with grass. Llamas tethered to the ground are moved around the grounds to keep the grass short. Like most baby animals, crias stay close to their mother so they are not tethered. They are able to run and bounce around, learning about the world around them and making friends. On this day, llamas mowed the grass on a large terrace above the gardens.
|Llama lawn mowers among the Inca Ruins
At first, we did not notice the baby llama but she was watching everyone. Some people garnered more of her attention than others. People walked around wearing purple, blue, and white. Cria* paid no attention. Until she saw a man in red.
|Cria sees Jorge
Jorge Wants a Nap
Jorge, in his amazing bright red outfit, laid down for a nap. Cria saw in him a new friend! She approached slowly. Jorge sensed something and looked up.
|Cria hopes Jorge will be her new friend
For a bit, Jorge lay watching Cria inch closer, then he jumped up. A startled Cria spun to race back to her mom as Jorge departed for a new relaxation location.
|Jorge and Cria part, not on amicable terms
Scott Wearing Grey and Blue
After a few minutes of motherly reassurance, Cria returned to Jorge’s spot. Scott approached, seeing if she might be interested in his friendship. Her interest was not piqued. Scott was not wearing red.
|Cria is not interested in Scott’s grey and blue clothing
Exhausted from bounding about, she settled in for a break near her mom.
|Cria taking a break
Cria Follows David
A few minutes into the break, she leaped up and looked over yonder where she spotted David, wearing red! Prancing to the terrace corner, she watched closely while David wandered around the garden, then climbed the terraces until he was one below hers.
|Cria watches David
As David walked the lower terrace, Cria followed on the upper one.
|Cria following David
She wanted to be David’s new friend but the direct approach had not worked so well with Jorge. Maybe she could win David over by showing her playful side. It was time to climb around on one of her llama friends.
|David photographing Cria playing on an adult
Alas, David departed after taking a photograph, leaving Cria to search for a new red-clad human.
Next time, I will wear red. Perhaps you should, too.
* Each name in this post except Scott (my husband) is a product of my imagination.
Why do you think young llamas like red?
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