GUANACO , sometimes spelt Huanaca, the larger of the two
See also:wild representatives in South
See also:America of the camel tribe; the other being the vicugna . The guanaco (Lama huanacus), which stands nearly 4 ft. at the
See also:shoulder, is an elegant creature, with gracefully curved
See also:neck and long slender legs, the
See also:hind-pair of the latter bearing two naked patches or callosities . The
See also:head and
See also:body are covered with long soft hair of a fawn
See also:colour above and almost pure
See also:white beneath . Guanaco are found throughout the
See also:half of South America, from
See also:Peru in the
See also:north to Cape
See also:Horn in the south, but occur in greatest abundance in
See also:Patagonia . They live in herds usually of from six to
See also:thirty, although these occasionally contain several hundreds, while solitary = while s are sometimes met . They are ex- Head of Guanaco. ceedingly timid, and therefore wary and difficult of approach; like many other ruminants, however, their curiosity sometimes overcomes their timidity, so as to bring them within range of the
See also:rifle . Their cry is
See also:peculiar, being something between the belling of a
See also:deer and the neigh of a
See also:horse . The chief enemies of the guanaco are the Patagonian
See also:Indians and the
See also:puma, as it forms the
See also:food of both . Its flesh is palatable although wanting in
See also:fat, while its skin forms the chief clothing material of the Patagonians . Guanaco are readily domesticated, and in this state become very bold and will attack man, striking him from behind with both knees . In the wild state they never defend themselves, and if approached from different points, according to the
See also:Indian fashion of
See also:hunting, get completely bewildered and fall an easy
See also:prey . They take readily to the
See also:water, and have been observed swimming from one
See also:island to another, while they have been seen drinking
See also:salt-water .
They have a
See also:habit of depositing their droppings during successive days on the same spot—a habit appreciated by the Peruvian Indians, who use those deposits for fuel . Guanaco also have favourite localities in which to die, as appears from the
See also:great heaps of their bones found in particular spots .
GUANABACOA (an Indian name meaning " site of the wa...
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