Llamas are the New World relatives of camels, but lack their characteristics humps. They are not related to horses, sharing instead the camel’s traits of notorious stubbornness and bad-temper on occasions and displaying a similar tendency to spit if annoyed.

Llamas have been kept for centuries in the Andes of South America, acting as a sure-footed means of transportation along perilous mountain tracks.

In recent years however, they have become more widely-kept, being used for trekking excursions in various parts of the world, and they are being seen with greater frequency in fields far removed from their homeland, simply as unusual pets.