It’s the time of year when our Keepers start preparing our animals for the heat ahead. Benjamin, Snowball, Winston and Todd got their annual haircuts yesterday by the folks at Shear Bliss. They explained that alpaca fleece is a very warm fiber that must be shorn when the weather warms to protect the animals from overheating.
Each alpaca had a turn in the salon (AKA, the stall) where they were met by scissors, shears and nail trimmers. They were lying down on their sides and secured to prevent them from jumping into the very sharp shears.
First, the hair on top of their heads was snipped.
Then came the clippers. Soft fleece soon blanketed the area around the alpacas. The wool was saved and will be used around the zoo for enrichment.
Finally, their nails were trimmed.
Now, our four alpacas are sporting stylish ‘dos and feeling much better in the heat of the day!
And we have to say, we LOVED the Shear Bliss T-shirt!