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Here comes Paco aka scoots mc toots

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Toot toot Paco

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My boss: I have something for ye ~
Me:??
My boss: - give new nametag -
Me:!!!!!!!!!!!!
Coworkers: we gotta take a picture to celebrate the commemoration of Josh being official!
Me: omfg you guys - Hide face -

( since we are the oldest pharmacy in North America, I made it old looking for shit and giggles~ also i’m so freaking smol compared to everyone and yet I ain’t THAT smol ( 1m64))

Lots of emotions at work today.

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This week I visited Southwind Farms in Connecticut, where I made the acquaintance of more than 40 woolly friends. The critters look a lot like llamas, but are smaller with less prominent ears. For thousands of years, they’ve been bred for their durable and luxurious fur, which adorned the likes of Inca royalty. Today, enjoy a few facts about the alpaca (Vicugna pacos).

  • While it might not be obvious at first, alpacas are actually more closely related to camels than they are to other animals you might see on a farm like sheep.
  • How do you tell the difference between an alpaca and a llama? Well, the ears are one clue: llamas have more upright, curved ears, while alpaca ears are pointer. If you’re standing next to both, you could also tell pretty easily: llamas are a lot bigger, weighing up to twice as much as alpacas.
  • Alpacas can live for up to 20 years, spending their days eating hay and grasses, which are efficiently digested in their three-chambered stomachs. 
  • Genetic origins of the alpaca have been a topic of some dispute. For years, it was thought the creatures came from llamas, but a 2001 genetic analysis successfully reclassified alpacas as ancestors of the vicuña, a wild camelid living in the high mountains of the Andes.
  • Prized for their fleece, which is warmer than wool (and less itchy), alpacas were a staple of Inca culture for thousands of years, but were nearly hunted to extinction beginning in the mid-16th century as Spanish invaders slaughtered the animals.
  • Alpacas can spit. They usually do it to other alpacas, but have been known to spit at people, too.

(Image Credit: Clockwise from top: Creative Commons: Roger Johnson, Wikimedia Commons, Patrick Skahill, CC: mattacevedo / Source: Wikimedia Commons, Genetic analysis reveals the wild ancestors of the llama and the alpaca, International Alpaca Association, Black Alpaca, Southwind Farms)