Our resident guard llama, Star, lives in the back corner of our property, but she’s always the center of attention. She is an elusive creature, most affectionate in any transaction involving oats and kisses.

But if you are an apex predator, don’t mess with her! Llamas are renowned for their loyalty to the flock of livestock they’re tasked to guard, and have been known to defend sheep from coyotes, dogs, and foxes. In this case, we like to think that we’re her bald little herd, and she’ll do what it takes to protect us. We haven’t seen Star go up against a bear yet, but our money’s on Star in that confrontation.

*Did you know? Single, unbred female llamas make the best guardians for livestock! Multiple llamas living together tend to bond with each other rather than the herd they’re guarding, especially if they’re male.*

Star is a drama llama at heart: she’ll pose for your pictures, but if she realizes you don’t have food for her, pretty soon all you’ll get is her good side.

Is this her good side?

Does this coat make my butt look big?

The previous owners of the lodge ran a llama farm on property for many years, raising generations of fluffy friends. Star is the remaining llama from that time in the property’s history, and she enjoys a life of treats and relaxation under the trees.

We seized the opportunity to snag a photoshoot with Her Royal Highness in honor of Monday! Relish these photos of our drama llama in her natural habitat: beloved by all, and completely indifferent to the adoration of her fans.

  • Even Star doesn’t like the unflattering up angles.

  • Coffee with Star, anyone?

  • Star: Framed in whimsy.

  • Ears back? Temperamental ingenue.

  • Hmmm…parted lips, careful pose. Do we spy some duck face from Star?