I figured this would be better here since it involves my safety working with Lacey and I also figured it might get noticed more here. :)
So, does anyone know anything about "feral" llamas? I've tried researching llamas online but everything seems geared towards "pet" llamas and the llamas I'm having "difficulty" with are no where near pets/trained.
Background on these llamas: it's a pair of females, Marina and Dedre. Dedre is Marina's mother but Marina is dominant. They are completely feral, basically. They haven't been touched by a human in probably at least 5 years. They were raised as livestock guarding llamas and they had a large flock of sheep for a few years until the sheep were sold about 5-8 years ago. since then, they've basically just chilled in their pasture with no real human contact. During the winter they get a few flakes of hay every few days (the pasture is pretty good and big so they don't feed much) but that's about it human-contact-wise.
My issue is that these llamas have taken a real interest in me. Now that they see me every day, they really don't fear me at all anymore. Every time I come into the pasture, they start creeping towards me. On Saturday, Marina even "cantered" over to me and got about ten feet away before I was able to realize what was happening and scare her off by waving my arms in the arm and making scary noises.
If I'm with Lacey they basically ignore me, but when I'm by myself they basically come for me. I wouldn't care if I could tell if they were just curious or if they were being aggressive, yknow?
So basically, how can I tell if they're being aggressive and how should I protect myself if they are being aggressive? Alternatively, how would I go about safely befriending them? I'd love for them to like me, I'm just afraid of the damage they could do to me since they are big (in horse terms, probably at least 14.2hh not including necks) and since they are feral.
I try not to make eye contact with them and I basically just ignore them, but they, Marina especially, are just getting so brazen that I don't feel like that will work much longer... Help?