Posted by: salamandercandy | May 13, 2006

Llamas— What Can’t They Do?


Llamas—the shaggy, gangle creatures of the Andes—can keep the coyotes away better than any lazy old sheep dog. Llamas come in a variety of colors and textures and are reputedly way friendlier than their cousins: the spit-happy, cantankerous camels. Mittens can be made from llama wool. Songs about llamas are catchy. Llamas are multi-purpose. There are some llamas in a pasture near the bike/walking path that leads west from Oregon State University. While waving my arms at them and yelling, “Hey stupid llama! Come here, stupid llama—I wanna pet you!” I often wonder if their luxuriant eyelashes and blasé looks might belie a deep cunning. I mean, llamas seem to know what it’s all about, don’t they? Will we humans someday be enslaved by ruthless llama overlords?

Now there is something else we can add to the list of miracles that llamas can perform: the ability to detect caffeine! In an effort to find an easy, portable way to detect caffeine in liquid beverages, researchers went straight to the llamas. What was needed was a chemical that would bind and react with caffeine, producing a color change that would indicate the drug’s presence in an ostensibly decaffeinated drink, like my favorite: the café mocha. Antibodies were the obvious choice. Part of an animal’s immune system, antibodies are proteins that recognize and bind to specific foreign molecules, like those of bacteria and viruses. Most antibodies denature at high temperature, however, which is a problem when hot coffee is involved. Llamas to the rescue! Apparently, the antibodies of camelids can withstand high temps. Llamas were injected with caffeine, they produced antibodies against the drug, and there you have it. This is the same type of procedure involved in immunization, by the way. The llama caffeine test isn’t commercially available yet, but this recently published research is promising.

I am drinking coffee right now. It’s really good, especially the caffeine part. But I sometimes try to quit, and sometimes I want coffee at night. Under those circumstances, I want to be sure that if I ask the barista chick for a decaf mocha that that is what I get. I therefore bow down to the llama overlords and sing their praises. Here is the song I sing to them (in case you missed it the first time). OBEY!

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Source: Nature

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Responses

  1. This llama is SWEET!!!!!!

  2. aww

  3. awsome llama!!!!

  4. I LOVEW this Llama

  5. AWSOME!!
    LLAMAS WILL RULE THE WORLD

  6. i i ❤ Llama’s coz i’m one myself….. that made no sense but i fove them….comment my blog!!!

  7. THIS LLAMA IS THE SWEETEST THING I HAVE EVER SAW IN MI LYFE
    THIS LLAMA AND ALL THE OTHER LLAMAS WILL RULE THE WORLD
    U PPL SHOULD GO ON http://WWW.ASK.COM
    AND SEARCH OSSAMA LLAMA ITS REALLY FUNNY WAT COMES UP

  8. lol rofl lol rofl lol rofl and lol again

  9. llama llama

  10. llamas are awesome

  11. ahhhhhhhhhh!
    llamas!!
    this is friggin amazing!! (:

  12. i LOVE this lamma! he’s AMAZINGLY cute! O M G ness!!!!

  13. llamas rock my socks out the window cuz they are just that amazing. everyone loves llamas they are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pppprrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttttttyyyyyyyyy llama

  14. llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~llama~i love llamas!

  15. taboot taboot

  16. everytime you listen to nickleback, god kills a llama! SAVE THE LLAMAS!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Pesky kids, get off my llama!!!!

  19. Hmm…My friend got attacked by a llama once. haha.

  20. […] guy named Ivan had this to say about llamas on the blog Salamander Candy: Llamas are multi-purpose. There are some llamas in a pasture near the bike/walking path that leads […]

  21. […] guy named Ivan had this to say about llamas on the blog Salamander Candy: Llamas are multi-purpose. There are some llamas in a pasture near the bike/walking path that leads […]

  22. llamas are the best animals in the whole f—–g world!!!!!!! this animal rocks soo much… i got stampeded by a lllama once though

  23. yall n-gas need to get a life im sorry but i just stumbled across this site for a report on llamas at least f—ing spell it rite but yall suk at life

  24. Llamas say OBEY.

  25. lol

  26. ok wierd

  27. i think that this the cutest llama ever…….:)
    i really like this llama he is so cute i love his eyes :p

  28. Llamas have fangs:

    e.g.
    http://www.shagbarkridge.com/info/teeth.html

    The males weigh around 200kg. So they’re big as well. The teeth are there for a reason; the males fight.

  29. tengo hambre el gato en el bano. Mi hermano es muy platano, si me gusta el llama

  30. llama

  31. llama 2

  32. llama 3

  33. OBEY THE LLAMA OR YOU WILL DIE!

  34. That llamas awsome he reminds me of a llama i had named cricket. we found him dead! 😦

  35. llamas are gay

  36. I LOVE LLAMA’S THEYRE COOL, LIKE MEEEE!!! ONLY JOKINGGGG….


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