Children get visit from llama at Rockville Public Library
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
Visitors to the Rockville Public Library children's program on June 25 were surprised that Anna was only 8 years old, given that she is more than 6 feet tall.
Anna, a llama from Country Quilt Llama Farm in West Cornwall, visited the library's annex and met with about 30 children in two sessions, along with her owner, Debbie Elias. Elias let the children pet Anna, but instructed them that llamas preferred being petted on the long, fluffy fur on their necks.
Elias explained the many products that come from llamas, including a winter hat that she showed the crowd. She also explained how llamas have three stomachs and chew their cud, similar to cows. Llamas primarily eat hay and grass, and chew a bit differently than humans.
“Llamas chew side-to-side,” Elias said. “She has no upper front teeth," she said of Anna. "She has a split lip, which she uses to grab the grass or the hay. With those big bottom front teeth, she cuts the grass.”
Elias also brought a large story book, “Is Your Mama a Llama?” which she read to the children (and Anna).
Rockville Public Library children's librarian Shahla Zarinejad said the children's summer calendar is full of activities each day.
For more information on Rockville Public Library's children's programs, visit www.rockvillepubliclibrary.org/kidevents.htm.