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Once neglected, champion llama finds love
Sniffing and blowing in a strangers face is simply a llamas way of saying hi. Greeting it by gently blowing back is a courtesy gesture.
But tactile greetings should be limited to petting llamas long, soft necks.
Its scary for them to pet them on the face, said 12-year-old Emily Pierson, of Port Orchard, as she brushed her llama in a stall Wednesday during the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede.
Llamas do spit and kick but they only do it if theyre super scared of you, Emily explained.
It was her second time presenting Juniper, her 5-year-old llama, at the 4-H junior fitting and showmanship contest.
Emily and Juniper took the Grand Champion ribbon. But it was a tall order for the unusually short llama with a brown-and-white spattered coat.