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Meet Highlander the Llama
Highlander is a llama. He is 8 years old and weighs 216 pounds. He is a very interesting animal with some interesting medical problems. Let's take a look to find out more.
Llama Tell Ya Somethin'
Llamas tend to have an average life expectancy of 20 years. In llama terms, Highlander, who is eight, is approaching middle age.
During these eight years, he has been eating Bermuda Coastal hay and carrots, his favorite treat.
Llamas are social creatures and they enjoy the company of other llamas or kind caretakers. (Do you know what a group of llamas is called? Investigate!)
When they are in a group, they sometimes make a noise that sounds like humming.
When they are alone, they enjoy kicking back and watching a movie. At least, Highlander does. One of his favorite flicks is Star Wars!
Surgeries, Radiographs and Medicine
This is Highlander's second visit to our hospital.
The first time was in the Summer of 1999. He was presented with a fractured patella. Basically, one of his kneecaps had been broken. He underwent surgery and the problem was solved.
Here you can see the x-ray of his leg. The top screws are holding the kneecap together.
So that there would not be excessive tension on the kneecap, the surgeons detached the tendon that connects the kneecap to the tibia (lower leg bone). The bottom screws were inserted to re-attach the tendon.
In November, Highlander returned to our hospital. This time he had a luxated patella. This means that the kneecap had moved out of the proper position.
The red circle shows where the kneecap should have been. The arrow points to the displaced kneecap.
...And on That Farm He Had Some Llamas!
We got to visit a llama farm recently. On the left is a beautiful baby just two days old! And perhaps this one on the right will be named "Socks". She is just about a week old.
These two young girls enjoy each other's company.
Mamas like to take care of their kids. Here they are nuzzling the babies.
Fun Farm Frolics
Llamas are very curious. They will sometimes walk right up to you!
And after lunch, how about a nice roll in the dirt!
Last Updated April 10, 2007
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