Why did the alpaca get into the Peruvian taxi? Video of little girl and her farm animal squeezing into a tiny car baffles viewers

Daily Mail     
By: Bhvishya Patel
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

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An alpaca was spotted taking a taxi ride home on a busy street in Peru during a comical moment caught on camera.

During the amusing video the animal patiently waits outside the small red vehicle parked on a cobbled street in Cusco as cars are seen driving past.

A young girl is seen holding the door open for the alpaca before it casually clambers onto the back seat without hesitation.

As the camera draws closer to the window the owner appears to be giving the driver directions while the alpaca stares outside the window at the passing cars.

At ease with the furry creature that has just entered the taxi the driver allows the animal to remain on board.

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The Inca group received the finest alpaca fiber

Vaaju   
By: Roberth Orihuela Q.
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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More than five years ago, in Moquegua, remains of Inca weave were found with 18 micron thick alpaca fiber. This is three times thinner than a human hair. When the news reached the representatives of the International Alpaca Association (AIA), they were surprised. Until then, the thinnest alpaca fiber in the market was 23 microns. What techniques are the ink cartridges needed to get such a quality?

It was then that the textile companies working with the alpacifs began to investigate. After a few years of genetic improvement, the inks can be compared. But yesterday a textile company Inca Group (Incalpaca) presented a 16 micron fiber.

"It's a work of genetics and shear technology, we could do a thousand pieces of clothing with this batch and we can get more with the incentives that we give comuneros," explained Samuel Revilla, Landschef by Kuna, the brand premium.

This was the great news of the first day of the Alpaca Fiesta 2018 This event brings together 80 Peruvian producers, national and international designers and 60 buyers from Europe, the United States and Asia.

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The rarest fabric on Earth

BBC
By: Meg Lukens Noonan & Tom Garmeson
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

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The once-endangered vicuna is thriving in the Peruvian Andes, thanks to a bold plan to sustainably gather and sell its valuable fleece – and give locals a stake in its survival.

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How a national reserve stopped the extinction of the Peruvian vicuña

Mongabay
By: Vanessa Romo | Translated by Sarah Engel
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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LUCANAS PROVINCE, Peru — At an altitude of 13,450 feet, the icy wind pounds whatever lies in its path. After 23 years of living in the Pampa Galeras – Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, Hernán Sosaya is well-adjusted and can withstand the blustering wind.

At the top of a plain, a vicuña (Vicugna vicugnanotices) and a cousin to llamas, sees that we are only a few feet away and raises its head.

“You can recognize the male because it’s always at the front of the herd, attentively watching for danger,” says Sosaya. The male vicuña starts to move away and the rest of the group trots along behind him.

The park rangers at Pampa Galeras, like Sosaya, are experts at monitoring vicuñas. Every day, they are monitored within the park, which is 40 square miles and located in the district of Lucanas in Peru’s Ayacucho region. With more than 5,000 vicuñas currently living in the protected area, monitoring them has not been easy.

Allan Flores, the manager of the reserve, put this into perspective with this piece of data: in the 1960s, there were about 5,000 vicuñas living in the entire country of Peru.

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