National Geographic : 1942 Aug
© National Geographic Society iKoacnrome nyitunne, Lvovietonews To the High-country Llama Goes Much Credit for Development of Andean Trade and Mining The animal was the ancient Incas' beast of burden. Even today, with roads and railroads, the llama is the four-legged freight ofthe high Andes. Itwill carry about a hundred pounds, and if overloaded it protests by emitting from its mouth what an early chronicler described as "a wonderful stinking water." Related tothe camel, the llama is the largest and strongest of a group which includes the alpaca, guanaco, and vicufia. All supply wool. Here five llamas graze more than three miles above sea level near Cerro de Pasco.