TWO unusual animals are set to turn heads at a Huddersfield farm shop.

However the alpacas, which originate from South America, are most certainly not on the menu at Hinchliffe's Farm Shop on Netherton Moor Road in Netherton.

One is pregnant and the other is a four-month-old orphan.

She is called Kylie, but her mum sadly died recently.

One of the shop's customers owned them in North Yorkshire.

But the exceptionally damp conditions there were unsuitable, so the farm shop has agreed to look after them.

The four-year-old mum-to-be, called Antarctica, is due to give birth in September.

Alpaca babies are called crias and the gestation period is 11 months and two weeks.

Simon Hirst, from the farm shop, said: "They seem happy enough just munching hay and grass. They will live in our top paddock near our car park.

"There is an old trailer where they can shelter from bad weather. Alpacas are hardy and used to the cold - but they just don't like damp weather."


* They originate from South American countries Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

* Alpacas are similar to llamas, but smaller.

* They can live up to the age of 20.

* There are two breeds of alpaca, the Huacaya and the Suri. The Huacaya has a dense, fluffy, woolly fleece and the Suri has long, flowing, silky ringlets.

* They stand about 3ft tall at the shoulder and weigh, on average, 150lb (68kg).

* They produce a heavy fleece of fine, strong fibre which will grow down to the ground if left unclipped.

* Their fleece also grows thickly on their legs and faces.

* Their luxurious fibre makes wonderfully soft and warm garments and is particularly well-liked by hand-knitters.

* An annual shearing will produce up to 6lb of very fine fibre.

* Alpacas are gentle by nature, easily managed and trained.

* Like llamas, alpacas are found in several colours, including white, black and varying shades and mixes of brown and grey.

* Alpacas are very hardy. A three-sided shelter from the worst of the rain, snow or sun is all they need.

* Their toenails need trimming three times a year.