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Injured llama
... between Cerro Jello Jello and Nevado Huarancante.

At first glance, it appears fine. However, it was strange that it was standing by itself and not making an effort to get away from me. Did it not see me? Then I realized that it was standing on three legs. If you look real close, you can in fact see the fourth, but completely pulled up. It must be broken.

The area seems well suited for pumas, and if there is one in the area, this llama doesn't stand a chance. I haven't seen any, but that doesn't mean anything since they would certainly be avoiding humans. Still, the fact that an injured llama is alive at all suggests that there are no large predators around. Perhaps the few local herdsmen scattered around the area have killed them to protect their livestock.

23 May 2011.

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gimpilatorAmazing!

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This is a very unusual photograph with many strong elements. I've never seen such a dense patch of Yareta plants. Did you know that Yaretas usually only grow above 10,500 feet and can live for over 3000 years.
Posted Dec 2, 2012 12:43 pm

rggRe: Amazing!

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In this area, I've seen them between 16000 and 17000 ft. Higher up, apart from some lichens, there is no vegetation. Lower down you'll find some grasses and shrubs. But at 10500 ft, people grow crops!
Posted Dec 3, 2012 7:26 am

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rggSubmitted by rgg
on Oct 25, 2011 6:00 am

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Object Title: Injured llama

Image Type(s): Hiking, Flora