Alpacas are mostly inquisitive, sweet and charming but this does happen (male beserk syndrome), and if you have ever been body-slammed by an alpaca or any other livestock over 80 kilo's - it truly hurts, if not deadly! Sadly, we do hear stories like this one about Dirty Harry. Now Harry is an entire-male (not castrated male). You should only keep entire-males if you have a large herd or if you are a breeder. There is no need to have an entire-male if you just want pets - so please get yourself females and or wether alpacas which are castrated males as they have lovely temperaments and fleece!
The best advise, as an alpaca breeder for over 6 years now is... make sure you purchase the correct animal for your hobby farm, visit the breeder and don't buy from a farm that only ever had one alpaca mixed in with other livestock (This is a recipe for disaster). Alpacas need to be trained and should have some human contact from birth to adult life (but not treated like a puppy). You should always purchase alpacas from a registered breeder, like us, or from a member of the Australian Alpaca Association.
Sadly, Harry the brown alpaca will be euthanized, which is just plain sad.
Happy to report the two ladies are now recovering and doing well.
Little Valley Farm provides training days for people wishing to have a couple of alpacas as pets. Find out more on our website at www.littlevalleyfarm.com.au
Read the full ABC article here
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