First off, it’s a very woolly little critter, and fairly large — the body itself is about 14 inches long, and it stands around 16 inches high — except, of course, that it doesn’t stand without help. (That would be you, as puppetmaster.)
The opportunities for actually manipulating the puppet are limited: because of the length of an alpaca’s neck, the opening for the hand goes right up into the head, which is rather a tight fit unless you have hands rather smaller than mine. The puppeteer can thus manipulate only the mouth, although there is quite a range of motion in that.
The body is covered in a shaggy, woolly fabric that gives the impression of a rather wild character, in keeping with its somewhat bad-tempered expression. (Remember, llamas and alpacas are related to camels, and seem to share the disposition.) The face is covered in a short plush, and ears, feet, and the inside of the mouth in a fine, short velour.
As usual, the label for the beast has a set of fun facts — bred for their wool, alpacas also can carry heavy loads and are good to eat — and a story of Sara and her guard-alpaca.
And now you get to make up your own stories about alpacas.