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Camp overnight with llamas in Tool

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Camp overnight with llamas in Tool

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TOOL–Cedar Creek Lake is known for many things – fishing, boating, hunting. And many who have grown up around the lake are familiar with the many activities the lake is known for. But did you know you can pitch a tent and sleep overnight with llamas?

In Tool, right off Hwy 274, Judy and Pat Young raise llamas on their 100-acre farm and allow visitors to camp overnight with them.

The more than 20 llamas that roam the farm are gentle, will eat out of your hand and are a lot of fun, says Judy.

The Youngs lived in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area for 30 years and moved to the lake area 20 years ago. They found themselves raising llamas and treat each one of them as if they were their children.

Each one has a name, will come when called and can be identified by their unique markings.

"They are my children, I would never get rid of them," Judy says.

Judy says the llamas are easily mantained however they do need to be sheared once a year, are de-wormed every three months and vaccinated once a year for blackleg.

"Llamas are self-maintained, they are clean and odorless," Judy said. "Beware of Sara though, she spits."

The llamas’ diet consists mostly of hay and grass grown on the acreage so when they are not showing their innate curiousity, they are grazing in a herd.

Llamas are members of the camelid family and are herd animals. They will talk to one another when danger is near and moms are very protective of the young. When danger approaches all the llamas in the herd circle continuously until the danger is gone. Judy says coyotes don’t come near the farm as llamas are good at fending off local wildlife.

The Youngs have four grown children who may or may not take over the farm in the event of Judys death, however she says a trust is in place to make sure all the llamas are cared for in case of her demise.

The Young’s farm is called Llamaland which they open up to visitors who would like to camp out with the llamas. "Hipcamp is designed to reconnect families with each other. The llamas communicate with each other all night. Out in the night in an open field, it just comes alive. Just waking up in an open field with the llamas is a memorable experience," Judy said.

Would you like to camp with the llamas? Go to https://www.hipcamp.com/texas/llamaland-ranch/llamaland-tent-camping.

Llamaland has eight bookable sites with 10 people allowed per site. No fires or pets are allowed and the site does not have toilets, potable water or showers. Parking on site is allowed.

For more information on Llamaland, call Judy Young at (910) 818-5402.

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