Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Easter Monday visit to see the Alpacas

No its not the in laws!

Being Easter we wanted to go out somewhere but it was a grey overcast day here in Kent although warm. So popping down to the coast seemed rather pointless and there is no fun just driving round for the fun of it. I was glancing through one of our free newspapers and saw an advert for an open day at a farm that breeds Alpacas at nearby Marden, no admission fee was being charged but donations were expected for the Kent Air Ambulance.

It turned out to be a fantastic afternoon out and as for the Alpacas they were actually rather cute!

Aparently they are bred for there fibre which is aparently very hard wearing and long lasting. In the wild they only give birth between 7 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon as in there natural habitat of the Andes if a new born is not cleaned and dry they can freeze to death overnight. They are part of the Camelid group which includes Lamas.

They are very gentle creatures and dont seem to mind human contact at all. All in all it was a very pleasant afternoon.

As I said earlier donations were requested for the Kent Air Ambulance which is a very worthy cause and the Air Ambulance has proved its worth many times and I dont mind contributing. However it does make you wonder why it has to be funded by voluntary contribution and not funded like the normal ambulance service.


1 comment:

Beth said...

They're very cute! Did you get to pet them?