I expected it to be a little bit jarring to see all of these previously fluffy critters shorn down to the skin, and indeed, it was, but I'm coming to appreciate the cuteness of the shorn alpaca. What's amazing is how totally transformed some of them are. Radar, for example, ended the winter a paragon of extreme fluffiness:
Some are even more extreme. Dobie went from poofy:
I didn't have any recent "before" pictures of Sheepie (the one provided is from December, when I first brought her home, and she grew a couple inches of staple since then); also, in between shearing and today, when the "after" picture was taken, she managed to roll in enough dirt as to change back from white to light brown. So, the transformation photos probably don't look as dramatic as it did in person, but trust me -- I literally did not recognize the animal.