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Locals northwest of the Bolivian capital of La Paz shear vicunas, wild South American animals related to the llama and alpaca and native to the Andes, during an offering ceremony, Sunday, September 26.

With the assistance of motorcycles, locals form giant human cordons to round up the animals to harvest their fine fur, which produces one of the world's most expensive wools.

The community makes an offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth), before the motorcycles herd the animals into a corral made with sticks and netting, where the vicunas are held for about five hours before they are released.

Unprocessed wool from the vicuna, the smallest of the South American camelids, fetches between $300 and $500 a kilogram.

The fiber is highly prized by the world of fashion and has been used to make suits for movie stars and celebrities

Vicunas were once hunted to near extinction but now hunting them is forbidden and the Aymara shear and release the animals.

The vicuna population has rebounded.

While llamas and alpacas have been domesticated the vicuna still lives in the wild. (AP)

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