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Alpacas Brought in as 'Bodyguards' to Protect Christmas Turkeys from Foxes

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I didn't realised that Alpacas were such a deterrent, but it appears they are very effective. Prior to them being introduced not a single bird has been killed.

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beccatavender
6 days ago
What do you think of this?
MelissaLee1963
MelissaLee19636 days ago

Nice gesture.Never thought of Alpaca security before lol.

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly255 days ago

I wonder if they are actually aggressive or it’s just their size that deters predators? Whatever works.. 😄

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tara73ziva
tara73ziva5 days ago

They have been used to protect sheep as well as they will chase the fox or dog and will kick and spit at them they’re also good for protecting new born lambs from the crows to

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beccatavender
beccatavender
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5 days ago

It must be more widespread a practise than I thought, I never come across until I read this 🙂

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KatieBlue
KatieBlue5 days ago

Is it partially because they keep the turkeys safe and partially because alpacas are fluffy and cute?

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana4 days ago

I've heard of them protecting sheep before. I think they are related to camels so have a bit of a stroppy defensive nature. I doubt they can help much when the turkeys are taken away for slaughter though. I'm always fascinated by extinct animals and the Titanotylopus was a huge camel part of the same animal group that is now extinct. Here is the camelidae group with the alpaca right in the middle. The Titanotylopus only went extinct about 30,000 years ago so I'm sure many humans encountered it and fought it and could well have led to its extinction.

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beccatavender
beccatavender
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4 days ago

Very, informative, I had never heard of a Titanotylopus 🙂

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wonderingsoul
wonderingsoul4 days ago

Wow ive not herd of alpaca protection, seems worth it if its working tho 🙂 what a great animal to have too, take more looking after tho

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