Olsen Road Llamas

I guess this post is a profession of guilt, or at least a profession of stupidity for not listening to that little voice in my head.

Officials seized the entire llama herd at the center of an animal neglect case on Saturday after veterinarians and llama specialists determined them to be in poor shape.

Of the 38 llamas on the property Saturday, three were going to be euthanized because their “quality of life is so bad,” said Niki Kuklenski, owner of JNK Llama Farm and organizer of the rescue.

Neighbors have complained about the possible neglect of the animals for a few years, but the complaints increased earlier in the week after a dead llama could be seen in the field.

Bellingham Herald

I have personally driven by these llamas dozens of times. I remember seeing them out foraging in some pretty nasty weather; rain, snow, well below freezing, you name it and I drove right by it. And the stupid thing was that I often wondered why they didn’t sit things out in a shelter, like another herd at a place on Grandview Road. Now I understand, and I feel pretty stupid. I assumed that the owners were living in one of the nearby homes and that llama’s were tougher than I thought. Stupid assumptions are made by stupid asses. Is that how the saying goes? After 2 years of neglect, half the people in Ferndale must be stupid asses just like I am.

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  1. This shows a misguided idea that llamas should be kept in a barn. My guess is that the same people who believe this also let their dogs should sleep in their beds. Llamas are happy outdoors in all kinds of weather, and in fact their heavy coats can cause them to be overheated. If offered a barn, most llamas will snub their noses at it and opt to stay outdoors. Llamas are descended from animals that lived on the high plains of Bolivia at 17,000 feet and higher.