Alpaca bio: Tuscany

Tuscany, as our first cria, holds a special place in all our hearts. Born to Tulip before we’d even brought the alpacas home to the ranch, Tuscany was adorable from the very start.

Tuscany and Mom

Mom holds Tuscany a few days after he was born, in the summer of 2010.

As the eldest of the two young boys, he’s the boss of the little man herd, but he is a benevolent leader. Bravado and Merlin have joined the boys, and Tuscany treats them well, though he’s clearly in charge. Or he would be, if Merlin weren’t immune to all attempts at leadership.

I thought we'd worked out that you weren't going to look at us. Why are you looking at us?

Tuscany has grown up into our most distinguished alpaca, with features that might even be called delicate. He has standoffish gentleman mannerisms to match his handsome looks. He’s not an enormous fan of people, the exception (as usual) being Dad, and that thing on his head.

What is this thing on your head?

Tuscany has a few endearing quirks, despite his reserve. He prefers to eat while standing in his feeder, much to everyone’s dismay. He nearly gave me a stroke on shearing day, when I went into his paddock and found him standing in his water bucket. Just about the only thing an alpaca can’t be is wet on shearing day; it’s kind of like trying to mow wet grass.

"Who, me?" Tuscany thought he could get away with it because the sun hadn't come up yet.

I’ve never actually spun Tuscany’s fiber, but it feels very, very nice. My good friend Patty has ordered the first ever Tuscany handspun, and we’re in the washing and carding phases of the yarn at present. This is our first full fleece from Tuscany, so it’s as soft as it will ever be. The fiber quality of a particular alpaca’s fleece tends to decrease as they age.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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