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Animal-Assisted Activities

A guide to llama and dog visits at the IC Library.

Breakfast the Llama

"Late for Breakfast" is the name of the Llama that visits the IC Campus the week before final exams and more recently, during orientation. It is part of the Cornell Companions program, which is run by volunteers. Visits are sponsored by the IC Library and LGBT Center.

Some common questions about this Llama are:

- Does it bite or spit? No, Late for Breakfast, as well as other animals that participate in the program, are screened by a veterinarian who is trained as a behaviorist. The Llama visits many other locations in the area such as a bank, social services organization and long term care facility.

-How is it transported to locations? In the "Llamazine", which is a large van.

-How long does the Llama typically visit for? Around one hour.

-Can people pet the Llama? Absolutely!

-Is it potty trained? Yes

-How will I know when the Llama is going to visit again? Llama visits are announced on the Library Facebook page, twitter and Instagram.


Llama Fun Facts

Here are some fun llama-related facts:

  • The current population of llamas and alpacas in South America is estimated to be more than 7 million.
  • A group of llamas is called a herd.
  • Llamas are vegetarians and have very efficient digestive systems.
  • Llamas weigh between 280 and 450 pounds and can carry 25 to 30 percent of their body weight, so a 400-pound male llama can carry about 100 to 120 pounds on a trek of 10 to 12 miles with no problem.
  • A baby llama is called a "cria" which is Spanish for baby.
  • Llamas are social animals and prefer to live with other llamas or herd animals.