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Alpacas Are Tough

Best article I've read in awhile!

Here are some highlights:

"During a recent visit to Highgrove, Prince Charles' organic farm, the guide very proudly announced that they had not lost any lambs this season.

"The Prince keeps 4 South American alpacas which are used to fend off the foxes that eat the lambs at Highgrove.

"They regally confront foxes, chase them and try to trample or kick them.

"Alpacas ... look all fluffy and adorable but can be very fierce.

"The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was surprised when asked whether using alpacas was cruel to foxes. “Using an imported South American camel to chase British foxes is so bizarre, we have not even thought about it.” "


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ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: June 19th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Llamas do the job very well too here, but you probably already knew that . .
anderale From: anderale Date: June 19th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a strange method of shepherding, but hey, whatever works! They do look fluffy and adorable.
From: writerwench Date: June 19th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the 'regally' bit...heck, what's cruel about an alert, large, competent guard animal? I doubt if the foxes come within fifty yards of them.
"Cruelty" to foxes, which are vermin that regularly kill entire flocks of chickens just for the sheer fun of it, is a very 'townie' notion that raises a wry smile for most country folk.
jebra From: jebra Date: June 19th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeed! You think more high schools would adopt them as mascots.

"The Alpena Fighting Alpacas!"
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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 26th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Alpaca 'bouncers'

We have a herd of 150 and have been breeding in rural Warwickshire for eleven years. Not once have we seen any evidence of 'a kicking' by our lovely yarn machines. They are as cute as they look, and tend to be timid rather than bad tempered, whether towards a humans or our bushy tailed friends.
The Toft Alpaca Shop
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