Wit 'n Wisdom of Janice LaQuiere

Saturday, December 31, 2005

God's Wonderful Creation - The Vicuna

I've always found studying God's creation to be a source of inspiration, and a reminder of how great God the creator is. Today, I've decided to study The vicuna.

The Vicuna (Pronounced vĬkoo´nye)

In the grassland plateaus of the high Andes only tough bunch grasses and festuca grow. Here, the harsh climate has dramatic temperature fluctuations, the sun's rays burn through the thin atmosphere by day, and the air drops to below freezing at night. The land is home to a delicate looking creature call the Vicuna.

The smallest member of the camelidae family, the Vicuna is perfectly suited for the mountainous environment, its heart is almost 50% larger than other animals its size, which makes it able to function in the thin air. The pads of its feet are designed to grip the rocks as the vicuna makes its way over the mountainous landscape. Its fine wool fiber has superior insulating properties and its resiliency is perfect for the extreme conditions the animals live in.

Because of its rarity (the vicuna dies in captivity and so can't be domesticated), the fiber was once only worn by Inca royalty. Today, it's considered the most luxurious legal fiber one can own. At $250.00 an ounce the fiber is used in textiles for the rich, if not famous.


  • Hey, Janice.

    I'm glad to see you here. I'll look forward to gaining from your wit and wisdom. I think you've got quite a bit of it to share.

    By sally apokedak, at 6:20 PM  

  • Hey look...me, you, and Sally hanging out by the door again.

    Welcome to the world of blogging. I'll bet it'll be a better 'sphere' as a result of your wit and wisdom.


    By michael snyder, at 8:51 PM  

  • Thanks for the welcome.

    That was a great evening! :)

    By Janice, at 10:12 PM  

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