Help Name Our New Llama
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Getting Up Close & Personal
The Department of Animal & Veterinary Science's new llama leans in for a closer look at Cierra Starbird, one of the students who lives and works at the Sheep Unit on campus.
Published Date: Feb 14, 2018 4:00:00 PM
Cal Poly Pomona has a new llama, and it is asking the campus community to help choose a name for the animal.
The Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences purchased the llama to help guard its sheep and goats against coyotes. Llamas place themselves between the flock and coyotes. They also can bite and kick the predators.
The male llama, which came from an owner in Red Bluff, Calif. – about nine hours north of campus – replaces the previous guardian of the flock, Midge, who died of natural causes last year.
Midge was a very popular figure on campus, garnering many comments and likes every time she appeared on the university’s social media channels.
The Cal Poly Pomona Annual Fund helped the department put on a campaign to raise funds last fall to purchase a new llama and help with its feeding and care.
Anyone who donated to the campaign was eligible to nominate a name for the new llama.
The Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences has picked five names from those that were submitted. To vote on the name, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LLamaname.
Voting will end on Feb. 21, when the Huntley College of Agriculture will announce the results.