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Snapshot Meme: Grant’s Farm

Posted on: November 15, 2014

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. A couple of years ago, I brought one a book in the popular Lhama Lhama series by Anna Dewdney and am finally reviewing here this week. An obvious supplement seemed to be a Snapshot Meme about petting zoos, in particular Grant’s Farm where my husband got up close and personal with a llama.

Andy_LhamaAccording to National Geographic Animals, lhamas are a South American relative of the camel, though the llama does not have a hump. The sturdy llama is a domesticated animal used by the peoples of the Andes Mountains as pack animals. Llama are willing pack animals only to a point. An overloaded llama will simply refuse to move. Besides transportation, llamas contribute to the human communities in which they live in other ways. Leather is made from their hides. Their wool is crafted into ropes, rugs, and fabrics. And, something I didn’t know before, llama excrement is dried and burned for fuel.

Llamas are durable and dependable in even sparse mountainous terrain for various reasons. First, they graze on grass, regurgitate their food, and chew it as cud. They even chomp on such wads for some time before swallowing them for complete digestion. Second, Llamas can survive by eating many different kinds of plants. Finally, they need little water.

In trying to decide what photos to include here, I read about what animals are most often found in a petting zoo. According to Wikipedia, petting zoos feature a variety of domestic animals. Besides llamas, common animals include alpacas, donkeys, ponies, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, and guinea pigs. A typical favorite of mine at petting zoos are the goats, which I’d someday like to read about in fictional picture books. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of sheep, which would have nicely supplemented my other review book from this week: Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep by Midwest-author Bruce Arant.

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Grant’s Zoo hosts a few others animals. Given that they’re relatives to the lhama, I’m not surprised at the inclusion of camels. Andy got close up and personal with them too! The elephants on the other hand seem to fall under the category of exotic animals not usually found at petting zoos. Still, I enjoyed their antics of carrying wood and spraying water. They put on a fun show.

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Finally, should you have the opportunity to visit Grant’s Farm, it’s the official “prep” school of the Budweiser Clydesdales. Only the finest Clydesdales become part of the Budweiser team, as the physical requirements are strict. The ideal Budweiser Clydesdale should possess the following characteristics:

  • The full-grown Clydesdale should stand 18 hands (about 6 feet) at the shoulder and weigh between 2,000 and 2,300 pounds.
  • The ideal horse is bay in color, has a blaze of white on its face, a black mane and black tail, and white feathering on all four legs and feet.
  • All hitch horses are geldings, characterized by their even temperament and stronger, more natural draft horse appearance

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16 Responses to "Snapshot Meme: Grant’s Farm"

The kissy photo is indeed brave. I love all the clydesdale shots too, and goats, I think goats are my favourite- they’re so enthusiastic.

It wasn’t until I started looking at my photos that I realized how much fun goats can be. I agree with you. They’re enthusiastic AND curious. 🙂

Love that kissy photo! He’s brave!

As soon as I knew I’d write about llamas, I thought of the kiss photo. 🙂

I love going to places like that farm! Love the photos, especially the first one!

My husband printed an enlargement of the first one for his mom. She loves llamas. 🙂

What a fun day you must have had. I have not been to Grant’s Farm, but did see the Clydesdales at the Budweiser Brewery in Fort Collins, CO. Thanks for sharing your outing!

It was an experience to see the Clydesdales. The advertisements about them are some of my favorites.

It’s ages since I’ve been round a zoo or a children’s farm…After looking at your lovely photos, especially that little elephant, I think I must organise a trip! They are lovely photos, especially that little elephant.

Some day I’ll have to dig out other elephant photos. Somewhere I have ones of an elephant creating art. 🙂

What lovely photos. Looks like a super day out.

I enjoyed my trip down memory lane. The photos were taken in 2008. It surprised me to discover how long it’s been my last visit to a petting zoo!

Beautiful photos–and thanks for including the info about llamas. My son went on a “llama trek” with his Boy Scout troop many years ago and had a wonderful time. (The llamas carried their gear.) I think he enjoyed befriending the llamas as much as he enjoyed hiking with his friends.
Here are my Saturday Snapshots.

My mother-in-law has loved llamas since a child. When I decided on writing this supplementary post to the Lhama Lhama books by Anna Dewdney, I thought it’d also be a great time to educate myself about them.

I actually love to research! Alas, when one has many interests, it’s hard to juggle all of them. It’s a treat when I have time to research.

Thanks for sharing…both the facts and the photos. Here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Thanks for your faithful visits! When I’m not too lazy, my favorite type of writing includes research. 🙂

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