On Saturday, a car show in Henan employed a herd of funny-looking and furry foreign models for curious crowds to surround, take pictures with and even feed. We’re talking alpacas here, folks.
The alpacas were bought overseas for 40,000 RMB, somehow putting their daily wage at 1,000 RMB per day, Sina reports. Not too shabby.
Weibo users praised this innovative idea to add a new focus to Chinese car shows that are so often dominated by topless ladies deep-throating snakes. One top commenter described the new foreign models as “coquettish and innocent,” with the only downside being they might “spit on you.” Well, so do the ladies, sometimes.
Auto shows and their controversial car models have become a point of contention recently. The Shanghai Auto Show banned nearly-naked models from the expo last year, while other cities haven’t exactly followed suit. We can only hope that alpacas will catch on, because why not?
However, as you can see, there was at least one child alpaca at the show. This raises some serious labor ethics concerns, though it will likely all be swept under the table due to cuteness.
Alpacas are commonly mistaken for llamas. But you can tell the difference simply by the shape of their ears. According to the authoritative llamaoralpaca.com, alpaca ears are “pickle-shaped” while llama ears are “banana-shaped. Also, alpacas are friendlier and are much less likely to spit at you.
So, if you are going to put on a car show, go for alpacas over llamas.
As an added bonus, alpacas also more closely conjure up the image of the mythical “grass mud horse” (caonima), a phrase used online as a homonym of a profanity you use to greet the mothers of people you don’t care for, for instance those who keep you from using scantily-clad ladies to promote your cars.
By Carl Bakenhus
[Images via Sina]