A relative of the now-domesticated llama-The Guanaco

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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedJanuary 22, 2011
TakenJune 1, 2009
Exposure1/125 sec at f/4.4
FlashCompulsory Flash, Return light not detected
Focal Length63 mm
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The Guanaco--A relative of the now-domesticated llama, the guanaco -- Patagonia's largest land vertebrate -- roams the plains of Torres del Paine. Guanacos live in groups, usually a single dominant male accompanied by up to 10 females and their young. Though elegantly formed creatures, guanacos exhibit a number of seemingly incongruous habits. When they greet, for example, the animals exchange a turkey-like gobble and then, on occasion, vomit a wad of semi-masticated grasses.

Female guanacos give birth every other year, mating in August and September. They bear only a single offspring, called a chulengo, which learns to walk within minutes of being born. Male chulengos are driven from the herd after a year, when they are no longer reliant on their mothers. These young males form a separate pack, and challenge the older males for the privilege of leading familial herds.

In the Way to the Torres Del Paine photo essay.

6 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    Nicely done, Saroj


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    great shot. the light is interesting

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (13 Feb 2011):

    A very interesting photo!!

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (13 Feb 2011):

    hea pilt.hea saak

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (29 Aug 2011):

    What beautiful animals! Nice shot!

  • Nikola Matovina

    Nikola Matovina (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2011):

    Excellent shot!

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