A very unique trip to the grocery store.


I’ve seen all kinds of strange animals this week.  On Monday I saw the two mating black snakes at the lake.  Today I had a surprise waiting for me at the nearby Ingles supermarket.

I was loading the groceries into my car, looked up for a minute, and there by a shady area near the service road were some animals I definitely didn’t expect.  At first I wasn’t sure what they were, so I walked a little closer to get a better view.   They were llamas, grazing on the grass under the trees!  What were llamas doing here of all places?   Then I saw two trailers parked nearby, and a man who appeared to be their owner.  He said he was returning from an exotic animal show in Virginia and was letting his llamas out for air and exercise.

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I started taking pictures.  The llamas seemed friendly enough.  They came in every color–tan, brown, russet, black, greyish.  A couple of the llamas just ignored ignored me.  A few of the others looked up curiously, then got back to munching the grass.

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Never in a million years did I expect to see llamas at the grocery store.   You just never know what kind of surprises life has in store for you.

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12 thoughts on “A very unique trip to the grocery store.

  1. Your pics came out good. Llamas while at the grocery store, neat. They look well cared for and there were so many. I remember as a kid when petting zoos were popular they used to include llamas, but then stopped using them, it became things like goats, sheep, and deer only. I think if provoked, a llama can become aggressive and that’s probably why they stopped using them.

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      • I’ve heard they can too, but these guys weren’t aggressive. Probably hot and tired. I got as close as about 3 feet from them, even though it’s hard to tell from the photos. I didn’t dare come any closer though.

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    • I think there were 9! That guy had his hands full. I have heard they can be aggressive but these guys seemed really chill. Maybe they were just hot and tired.


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