Alpacas are as trendy as unicorns used to be a couple of years ago: They adorn clothes, appear in commercials and are enormously popular on social media. So it’s no surprise that Erik Rulands fell for the mini camels on the Internet, when a friend shared pictures of his brother's alpaca farm in the Black Forest. "It was a spontaneous idea to take a few days off there. And it was a good choice," said Erik after he’d returned. "Although alpacas are rather shy and do not seek instant contact with humans, they have a very relaxing effect.”
Like many alpaca owners in Germany, Erik's host offers adventure hikes with the animals. Other farmers even market alpaca walks as an anti-stress therapy for managers. Normally, participants don't have to be afraid of spitting, as the colleague had been assured: It is right that big Llamas spit to protect themselves. Alpacas usually spit at other alpacas, for example when they fight over food. To become a target as a human being, you must have spent a lot of time with the animals and be recognized as a herd member.