A Trip to the Cutest Creatures of Brandenburg: Alpacas

I Heart Berlin       
By: I Heart Berlin
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For some Berliners, Brandenburg feels like Mordor from Lord of the Rings. A dark place you are not supposed to go. But our recent discovery will make this assumption disappear even for the most sceptikal ones: An Alpaka farm with the most fluffy creatures of the world

Just one hour from Berlin by car is the little village of Börnicke near Nauen. There you will find the privately run Alpaca farm run by Nora and Joachim. Both are big fans of Alpacas who normally live in South America. They decided to build a little stable for these incredible animals next to an idyllic forest.

When we arrived we did not really know what to expect. But as soon as we stood in the middle of the field the funny animals avidly came towards us eating crispy bread from our hands and cuddling with us. We instantly got high of joy. I would have never believed it myself, but playing with these animals gives you the absolute feeling of happiness. When they look at you with their cute big brown eyes you cannot avoid feeling a deep warm sensation around your heart.

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This Dorset-based farm of friendly alpacas will feature on a popular BBC show

Dorset Echo       
By: Katie Williams
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 “It's not every day you see two alpacas going into a lift.”

The adventures of a herd of these friendly four-legged animals will be thrust onto the public’s TV screens in a programme popular with lovers of the countryside.

Dorset-based farm Alpaca Adventure will feature in an episode of Countryfile next month in the show’s much-loved ‘Adam’s Farm’ slot. Over two days, presenter Adam Henson and crew filmed with farm manager Wendy Williams at the small holding just outside Shaftesbury, followed by a visit with the animals to Gracewell care home in Weymouth.

 Wendy said: “It was the most exciting two days of my life.

“It was really fun while they were filming. I did an alpaca walk with Adam and a few others, then we went to a local care home.

“Because it is a Christmas feature they have their bow ties on.

“Adam makes you feel at ease as he’s just an ordinary man and a farmer himself.”

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Using animals as mental health respite proves controversial

The Student Newspaper    
By: Elina Turner
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A herd of alpacas made an appearance at King’s Buildings on November 15, as part of Mental Health and Wellbeing Week at the University of Edinburgh.

The event was organised by the Edinburgh University Student’s Association, as part of an effort to demonstrate the positive impact of animals on mental health and wellbeing, while also providing students with an opportunity to simply relax with the alpacas.

The event was filled with excitement as people interacted with the unique animals.

A diverse audience was present, with guests ranging in age from six to 60 plus, although there was a noticeably high concentration of students present.

Those who attended the event held a clear opinion on therapy-focused animal interactions, supporting the event and its aims wholeheartedly.

In the eyes of many attendees, animals have always offered comfort and companionship to those around them.

With this in mind, BobCat Alpacas is likely to make another appearance at the University of Edinburgh around exam period.

Owner of BobCat Alpacas, Bob Crosbie, came into alpaca care and breeding after retiring from the civil service.

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