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Hi Trl Miranda


ILR # 288648

female  b. 08-16-2015

Hi Trl Commander Spock x BBR Malinda

Miranda is an energetic and independent young llama, but also very amenable to interacting with humans. We both appreciate Miranda, and although it initially seemed that her self-direction was going to result in her sharing us, she is now hitting it off with Jim particularly well.

Miranda is one of the last llamas produced from Al Ellis's core keeper herd, and is going to be very tall by our standards, likely one of the two tallest llamas in our breeding herd if not the tallest. The reason Miranda is in our breeding herd despite her size is that she DOES have the requisite athleticism, energy, and ancestral history of longevity and soundness. Most tall llamas were selected for size first (if not size along), but Miranda's sire and dam were also selected with equal emphasis on soundness and working ability. As a result, Miranda herself not only meets our stringent criteria, but is also primed to produce "complete package" pack animals for those who have a genuine need for taller llamas.

In addition to Miranda's athleticism and excellent boldness and working disposition, her coat density is low, her sire is sound and energetic at 19 years of age, and her dam has aged extremely well, maintaining excellent pasterns and structural integrity while producing 14 healthy offspring in her 21 years. Even though Miranda does not have as much guard hair and seasonal shedding as we select for — she is between classic and curaca type, and we are breeding specifically for the preservation of Classic llamas — and her gaits are just "OK" by our standards, her many other excellent traits all compensate more than enough for having to "breed up" those drawbacks. In addition, despite her sire's heavy representation in the packing llama gene pool, Miranda brings our breeding herd an essential injection of genetic diversity, which is sorely lacking in what remains of the true Classic gene pool.

We expect that Miranda will produce some very fine offspring with Troubadour, Scioty, Koa and Joey, most of which we expect to offer for sale to the pack llama community (because we also have Miranda' full brother Longmire, we'll only retain his and Miranda's collective best for our own next generation breeding stock).

Miranda loves "llama cookies" to a fault, earning her the nickname "Cookie Monster".

Sondra Ellis liked to name their llamas by themes; for females, she often selected names that began with the same letter as their dams. In our experience, this often results in a mismatch between name and llama. However, after finding out the meaning is "admirable and wonderful", we knew "Miranda" did fit perfectly!