This Video of a Guanaco Fight Is Better Than a Soap Opera

By: Sarah Bellman
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It's a tale as old as time: man notices attractive woman, woman shows no interest, and her bae grows pissed at the unwanted suitor. The men take their fight outside and, as always, shit goes down.

Not only can you catch this kind of love triangle form in the club on a Saturday night, it also presents itself in the animal kingdom—in this case, between three aggressive guanacos. 

Desus and Mero watch a harrowing battle between two male guanacos vying for the affection of one lovely lady.

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Peru: Alpaca fiber exports expanded 110% in Jan-Nov 2017

By: Andina
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Peruvian alpaca fiber exports reached US$68.3 million between January and November 2017, up by 110% over the same period in 2016, Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) informed.

Said increase was mainly explained by higher volume (84%) and average prices (14%) of said exported products.

Likewise, Mincetur stressed alpaca fiber shipments rose 246% last November, thus totaling US$7 million.

This positive result was driven by greater exports to China (390%) and Italy (86%), as well as increased shipments from Inca Tops and Texao Lanas companies.

In the analyzed period, the value of alpaca fiber exports to China grew 217%, climbing from US$15.1 million (2016) to US$48 million (2017).

Likewise, shipments to Italy totaled US$15 million, a 43% rise from the same term in 2016 (US$10.5 million).

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Peruvian researchers develop vaccine to fight acute pneumonia in alpacas

By: Andina
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A group of researchers from Lima-based San Marcos National University developed a vaccine to prevent and control acute Pasteurella multocida pneumonia in young and baby alpacas.

The project was co-financed by Peru's Production Ministry through its Innovate Peru Program.

"The study constitutes an important contribution to acute pneumonia treatment in South American camelids since there is no research on a specific vaccine to combat the effects of this disease in alpacas to date," Research Project Coordinator Abelardo Lenin Maturrano Hernandez stated.

According to him, this ailment is the leading cause of death among young alpacas and the second most common among neonates.

Developed with the use of reverse vaccinology techniques, this recombinant vaccine (recombinant protein) is intended to bolster alpacas' defenses against bacterial pathogens causing the respiratory illness.

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Peru opens first alpaca fiber products store in China

By: I Heart Berlin
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 
Original content from Andina.  

Under Alpaca del Peru (Peru's Alpaca) brand, the first multi-brand alpaca-fiber clothing and accessories store was inaugurated in Beijing, Peru's Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) informed.

The start of operations was supported by Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry through its Trade Office in said city (OCEX Beijing) and PromPeru.

The store —located in Wangfujing area, Beijing's biggest commercial center— showcases alpaca fiber garments and accessories made in Peru.

It must be noted this initiative is included in the internationalization strategy implemented by the sector with a view to 2018. As is known, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Eduardo Ferreyros —last November— presided over the launch ceremony of this shop.

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