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Israel drafts llamas after mule mutiny
JERUSALEM (AP) -- It can't shoot and it can barely follow orders, but it's the newest recruit to the Israeli military: The llama.
According to the Yediot Ahronot newspaper on Friday, two elite units recently began using the llamas in exercises and operations on Israel's northern border to navigate heavy loads of 60 kilograms (132 pounds) or more through difficult terrain.
The military tried using mules for similar tasks, but although they could carry heavier loads than the llamas, they behaved badly -- at one point, staging a "mutiny" and fleeing, the newspaper said.
According to Brig. Gen. Itzik Ben-Tov, llamas are well-disciplined and move quickly.
They also have highly developed senses of smell and hearing, are nimble, and only eat once every two days.
Plus they really like steak (or even a nice bass).
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