WHEN A LLAMA EATS,
IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S PLAYING THE PIANO!
Check out the video below to watch as Dalai Llama and Barack O’Llama pretend to run their fingers up and down a keyboard while they enjoy some teeny-tiny snacks:
Did you notice that their split upper lips move independently?
Take a look at these lovely llama lips:
Guess what lies beneath the upper lips?
Llamas have NO upper front incisors!
Instead of upper front teeth, llamas have hardened gums.
These gums serve as a firm cutting board for the llama’s lower front teeth to chop up hay or grass or pellets.
So…do llamas bite you when taking food from your hand?
Llamas don’t have upper front teeth!!! They merely tickle your cupped hand.
It’s fun to feed llamas, so the next time you’re at a private zoo that houses a pack of llamas, be sure to watch the llamas’ lips grasp, flap, and pretend to play the piano as these hilarious animals enjoy grass, hay or treats provided to you only by the zookeeper.
(Llamas have a delicate diet, so please don’t bring the llamas your own treats.)
Here’s a video of Dalai Llama devouring one of his favorite treats–a very large bundle of fresh grass. Yummy! Click for a laugh!
Happy Trails from Mama Llama!