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Escaped alpacas spark Loch Ness Monster sightings

By T.K. Randall
August 12, 2022 · Comment icon 23 comments

Not the most obvious of the loch's residents... Image Credit: Facebook / Loch Ness Alpacas
Photographs of a long-necked animal in Loch Ness have been doing the rounds, but not everything is as it seems.
Back in the early 20th Century, a group of elephants from a traveling circus went for a swim in Loch Ness. With their trunks protruding from the water, unwary observers believed they had seen the Loch Ness Monster and now - nearly 100 years later, something similar has happened again.

This time, however, the animals in question were not elephants - they were alpacas.

It turned out that a small group of the South American mammals had escaped last week from a nearby farm and had gone for a walk along the shoreline, much to the surprise of locals and tourists alike.
When one of the animals decided to wade out into the water, the sight of its long neck protruding from the surface looked decidedly like one of the most famous images of the Loch Ness Monster.

"Herding them back along the beach... again," Loch Ness Alpacas wrote on Facebook.

"They came back for a second visit but refuse to show me how they got through/round the fence! Ended up having to herd them up the hill and back to their other paddock with no loch access ."

Source: Mirror | Comments (23)

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Comment icon #14 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
These are some of the most well known images of the 'Loch Ness monster'.                                                                                            
Comment icon #15 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
Well ones a fake the other is a whale dick?
Comment icon #16 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
No, the Loch Ness Monster isn’t just a whale penis, professor says A UK professor who hilariously proposed that Scotland’s iconic Loch Ness monster is actually a “whale’s penis” has since walked back his salacious claim. “There are no whales whatsoever in Loch Ness,” Michael Sweet, a molecular ecologist at the University of Derby, told Live Science regarding his cryptozoological bombshell. https://nypost.com/2022/04/18/no-loch-ness-monster-isnt-a-whale-penis-professor-says/
Comment icon #17 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
This is a generally accepted truth. But, the question is, is it a really accurate? ''Not everyone accepts the Spurling story. American journalist Richard Smith, for example, notes that toy experts question whether the toy submarines of the 1930s could have performed as described, and he wonders why Boyd waited until after Spurling's death to reveal his confession. But in the aftermath of Boyd's 1994 bombshell, most people now believe the surgeon's photo was yet another Loch Ness hoax''. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lochness/legend3.html And, here is an pretty long PDF text with the analysis a... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
  Is the back story true? I dont know or care because i can tell by the wave size subject size compared to said waves its not a large subject, As far as claims how a clock work toy of that era would perform it doesnt matter its not "performing" its a still pic. In addition if it was a creature then it would fall into the trap of breeding population numbers and never seen since. This is a fake a hoax. If i were to reproduce it i wouldnt use a 3d creature just a cut out, and use the out of focus grainy pic to my advantage and i could do it with a 30s clock work toy. Not unlike the cardboard fin... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Cookie Monster 2 years ago
Can a whale take the wrong direction and accidently find its way in there though? No, thats not bum hole humour, I mean entering the loch.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Uncle Yammy 2 years ago
Only if it can negotiate around 27 Locks and manned swing bridges... Impossible. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
I belive there is no chans for the eel to wander into the Loch Ness, let alone a whale. As I know the Loch Ness and Inverness(on the North Sea shore) are connected with the Caledonian Canal which looks like this: A lot of these ''barriers'' (I don't know what they are called professionally) which are used to regulate a water level during the passage of the boats,
Comment icon #22 Posted by stereologist 2 years ago
Earlier reports had the monster walking on land. The only reason that the Loch monster is even famous is due to the BBC. Before that they promoted the Lake Champlain monster in the US. When they found out they could promote something in the UK they stopped promoting the US monster in favor of the UK monster, which was relatively unknown before the promotion.
Comment icon #23 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
The earliest report of Loch Ness monster appears in an ancient text from the sixth century AD. This describes an encounter by the Irish monk Saint Columba who was staying in the near the mouth of the River Ness. On seeing the monster, Columba made the sign of the cross and banished the creature to Loch Ness.                                                                                                     A stone found near the Loch Ness lake.                            ... [More]

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