Male Llamas Bite Off Each Other’s Genitalia

“Thou shalt not covet, but tradition / Approves all forms of competition.” —Arthur Hugh Clough, “The Latest Decalogue”

In A Nutshell

Llamas are quirky-looking barnyard animals frequently seen munching crackers at a petting zoo. Angry llamas are known to spit, but they are capable of much worse. They possess wickedly sharp fighting teeth that the males use to rip each other’s testicles off.

The Whole Bushel

Nature has many ways of ensuring the survival of the fittest. One of these is the competition for breeding rights. Animals battle each other tooth and claw for the privilege of mating. Rams smash their horns together, lions savagely battle to maintain their prides, and the things that insects do to each other should make us glad that they can’t scream. But the humble llama takes things to levels hard to even contemplate.

Though some breeders have been able to house them together, male llamas generally do not get along. Their battles can be quite vicious, complete with bloodshed and broken bones. Around the time they become sexually mature, males develop six fighting teeth, two upper and one lower set (females develop them too, though later in life). These are fearsome canines that would do any wolf proud.

The fighting teeth are used to tear into opponents; after a battle, the llamas might exhibit torn ears or gashes along their flanks. But the favored target is the testicles. To secure the title as the only fertile male in a herd, llamas will attempt to castrate each other. For this reason, many farmers elect to have the fighting teeth removed.

Even after castration, llamas can be extremely dangerous. They have been known to attack and even kill people on occasion. In the American West, they are frequently used to guard flocks of sheep against predators like coyotes. They are very alert creatures and bond with the sheep like their own offspring. Should a predator approach, the llama will charge. They have been known to kick dogs and coyotes to death protecting their sheep.

Show Me The Proof

Dental Anatomy of Llamas
Removal Of Fighting Teeth
National Geographic: Guard Llamas Keep Sheep Safe From Coyotes

  • Lyon

    Better keep my balls in my pants
    At the petting zoo from now on

    • cornmayor

      Just wont be the same anymore.

      • Lyon

        Sadly you’re right
        My balls flapping in the wind will just be a distant memory

        • cornmayor

          Now my family has no reason to go to the petting zoo. How upset the kids will be.

    • Andy West

      For Christs sake man, do you frequently frequent such places in the nip? I mean fair play to you but

      • Lyon

        That’s just how i roll

        • Andy West

          Wow, I like your balls man. So to speak.

  • Andy West

    That looks like one pissed off rabbit

  • Markharr

    Aaaahhh Demon Llama!

  • Pyncky

    Johnny Carson voice: “I did not know that.”

  • jihadgod

    Really this should be done to child sex offenders minus the llama add scissors or maybe keep the llama lol@getting more time for dope then child molesters.

  • Marozia

    Now that’s a real drama llama!!

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  • lbatfish

    Judging from the way that he’s got his right leg in a “defensive” position, it would seem that Obama is a KnowledgeNuts reader.

  • lbatfish

    I think that would have been better to save this topic for a special occasion, such as a “birthday” celebration of KnowledgeNUTS.