Berserk Male Syndrome in Llamas
Since I used the term “berserk male syndrome” in an article on llama training, there has been much discussion and misunderstanding of the phenomenon.
I want to stress that the classic berserk syndrome is quite rare. It seems to be the end result of a series of confusing and negative interactions with humans, beginning with the breakdown of the normal stand-offishness that herd raised llamas show in their relationships with humans.
A male llama that has been bottle fed or constantly petted and fondled as a baby will show no hesitation about initiating contact with humans, as in the mild case of the pushy llama who runs up to be petted or bumps with his chest against people in the pasture with him. Such a llama is apt to be pushed or … Continue Reading (2 minute read)