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Alpaca Magic’s Spring Open Day promises to be cuteness overload

Michelle Taylor 14 October 2019 35
Alpacas

They are waiting for you to come visit! Photos: Alpaca Magic.

Spring has arrived in Canberra. Blossoms cluster thickly over the cherry tree branches and drift softly through the warm breeze. Crowds throng Floriade to marvel at the colourful blooms and new life is flourishing everywhere you look.

Out at Alpaca Magic, it’s no different. This spring they have already welcomed a baby alpaca, a baby donkey and several baby llamas to the fold.

“They are so cute,” says Glynda Bluhm, the proprietor of Alpaca Magic.

A nuzzling alpaca

A cute spring baby.

On Sunday, 27 October, Glynda will open the farm to the public for Alpaca Magic’s Spring Open Day. Visitors can get up close to the farm’s new babies and learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about camelids (alpacas and llamas). What makes them spit? What do they like to eat? What noise do they make?

Llamas are warm, egocentric, and curious. They adore being looked at and admired, but their natural curiosity can cause mishaps. Glynda remembers how one llama liked to lean way over the fence to get a drink from the koi pond. The pond had a lower water level than usual, and the llama overbalanced, doing a forward roll right over the fence and into the pond. It took ages to get her out and, as a result, pool gates now encircle the koi ponds.

Glynda never meant to get involved with alpacas or llamas.

“I just went to Murrumbateman Field Day to buy a whippersnipper,” she laughs. “Somebody was selling alpacas, and I saw the one in the pen and thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. White with blue eyes. So pretty, like a Disney character.”

Glynda experienced initial disappointment when her alpacas didn’t interact or bond with her like her other livestock. Alpacas are reserved, aloof animals that prefer to observe from a distance. After some research, Glynda learned that llamas are much more people-friendly.

Now over 200 alpacas and llamas, along with donkeys and miniature Galloway cattle, populate the 250-acre farm in the rolling hills of Sutton.

“I get called Llama Mama, Mrs Magic, Llama Whisperer,” Glynda chuckles.

Camelids

Camelids in the fields at Alpaca Magic.

What is the difference between an alpaca and a llama?

Glynda explains, “The alpacas see you and move away. The llamas see you coming and come over to meet you.”

At Alpaca Magic, the llamas are the ones who interact with visitors. “They often grow to stand 6 ft tall and can look intimidating when they come for a scratch or a pat. But they are very gentle. I love them to pieces.”

Over 2,000 people came through Alpaca Magic’s gates on their last open day.

Glynda couldn’t do these events without her small army of devoted volunteers. Some travel down from Sydney to attend.

“It’s a big day. A lot of people come, a lot of photographs get taken and there are a lot of big smiles.”

The highlight is meeting and cuddling the camelids. “It’s a wraparound experience,” Glynda says.

Walking alpacas

There are several hands-on experiences available at Alpaca Magic. Image provide by Alpaca Magic.

While the open day is free, bring some cash and a generous spirit along.

Sutton’s Rural Fire Brigade organises the event’s parking and the Lions Club runs a sausage sizzle. Local businesses run stalls on the day and the farm sells unique llama souvenirs.

Glynda’s first priority, as a farmer, is the wellbeing of her precious animals. Parents must monitor their children at all times around the animals. Running at the llamas or alpacas will terrify them and in their stampede to get away, they can inadvertently kick out. Chasing the animals is not tolerated.

On the open day, many visitors fall in love with the llamas and alpacas and they want more.

Good news! The farm offers close-up encounters throughout the year.

Morning is the best time of day to get the most out of these interactive experiences, as camelids are morning creatures.

In the Llama experience, everyone gets paired with a llama and they go for a stroll together. “People love it!’ Glynda promises.

Breakfast with the Alpacas and Llamas is the farm’s biggest sellerFeed the camelids treats, then enjoy a complimentary BBQ breakfast.

Llamas

A stroll with a llama.Alpaca Magic is located at 2771 Sutton Rd, Sutton. Look for the aqua fence line!

The Spring Open Day is on Sunday the 27 October between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Contact Glynda via email or Facebook or book an event or workshop directly through their events calendar.


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35 Responses to Alpaca Magic’s Spring Open Day promises to be cuteness overload
Stacey Rebolledo Stacey Rebolledo 10:30 pm 14 Oct 19

Rachel Mackenzie this would be on your way home after nans bday

    Rachel Mackenzie Rachel Mackenzie 10:37 pm 14 Oct 19

    Stacey Rebolledo macka would love this

    Stacey Rebolledo Stacey Rebolledo 10:38 pm 14 Oct 19

    Rachel Mackenzie yep macka meets a real life alpaca

Erin Rodger Erin Rodger 10:18 pm 14 Oct 19

Victoria Jobling this is perfect for you

Mel Warwick Mel Warwick 9:25 pm 14 Oct 19

David Warwick could take Ellie maybe

    David Warwick David Warwick 9:26 pm 14 Oct 19

    Mel Warwick yes, shes always asking about llamas so they're close enough🤔

Lena Turvey Lena Turvey 6:59 pm 14 Oct 19

Monique saw this and thought of you...

Kate Bullock Kate Bullock 5:17 pm 14 Oct 19

Andrew Grenfell for Leo?

Janene Toombs Janene Toombs 6:33 pm 13 Oct 19

Breanna Toombs are you free? ❤

Judith Mc Alister Judith Mc Alister 1:56 pm 13 Oct 19

I took the girls last year it was really good

Sarah Blackledge Sarah Blackledge 1:52 pm 13 Oct 19

Margie Melano- this is what we saw driving past! Lol

Kathryn Adams Kathryn Adams 12:08 pm 13 Oct 19

Olivia Shead should I come visit you?

Kane Robins Kane Robins 11:19 am 13 Oct 19

Prue. Alpacas!

Eleanor Boyle Eleanor Boyle 8:02 am 13 Oct 19

Celia Boyle Interested?

Chelsea Zeitlhofer Chelsea Zeitlhofer 7:21 am 13 Oct 19

Heidi Stephenson I spent a lot of my weekends at this farm with Glynda as Nils and Linda are friends with her.

Quite a few of their babies came from this farm as well:)

It’s also where I got to ride a llama😉

I think Tyler would love their open day. I remember helping out with them as a kid and it was great fun!

    Heidi Stephenson Heidi Stephenson 7:36 am 13 Oct 19

    Chelsea Zeitlhofer ooo, thanks sissy! This looks really sweet. I am doing to mark it in the diary xx

Moira Clancy Moira Clancy 5:30 am 13 Oct 19

Llama farmer drama....

    Cressida Lehmann Cressida Lehmann 6:33 am 13 Oct 19

    Moira Clancy do you think there'll be any farmers in pajamas? 😁

    Moira Clancy Moira Clancy 7:38 am 13 Oct 19

    Cressida Lehmann eating bananas? God I hope so 😁

Susie Kennett Susie Kennett 11:16 pm 12 Oct 19

Shelley Lea-Anne Rodriguez let's go!

Angela Tsang Angela Tsang 10:33 pm 12 Oct 19

Kathy we should go!

Aimie Wilkinson Aimie Wilkinson 10:19 pm 12 Oct 19

Laura pick me up on the way

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 9:57 pm 12 Oct 19

Tina Heldon. We should go.

Tracey Stevenson Tracey Stevenson 9:19 pm 12 Oct 19

Suze Murphy we could do this for your bday 😊💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

Magarac Singh Magarac Singh 9:11 pm 12 Oct 19

Amy Butler are you going?

Shannon Marks Shannon Marks 8:53 pm 12 Oct 19

Moira Clancy for your peoples?

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