Katie is a llama who lives at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.
Her scientific name is Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Camelidae, but you can call her Katie the Llama or just Katie for short. And yes, as her scientific name implies, llamas are close relatives to camels. Llamas first appeared on the Central Plains of North America about 40 million years ago, but who is counting? Katie joined Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in 2011 after a journey that included a stint as part of a 4-H agricultural program that teaches kids about animal husbandry. It was here that Katie developed her love for people. Her next stop was Southeast Llama Rescue (SELR), surrendered by an elderly couple who could no longer take good of her. As luck would have it, Longmeadow was looking for a llama to add to our program and SELR was looking to re-home Katie.
Katie arrived at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in good health and the team at the ranch assures that she stays that way. Katie is sheared every year in the spring, and her teeth are filed as needed. She has annual vaccinations, routine deworming, and hoof trimming, the llama version of a mani-pedi. Katie eats pelleted grain for llamas, free choice minerals, and lots of grass and hay.
Katie was shy at first but well-mannered once she was haltered and handled. She gets along well with the alpacas and other llamas. She loves her goat and sheep friends, and she even enjoys time to hang out with the miniature horses. She can be nervous at events, so when Katie makes public appearances, she is often with one of her more confident Barn Buddy alpacas.