Creatures, Myths & Legends
Escaped alpacas spark Loch Ness Monster sightings
By T.K. Randall
August 12, 2022 · 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 ."
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