'Alpaca fleeces are 16 times more valuable than sheep's wool': Alpaca Joe brings the Andes to Ireland

Farm Ireland
By: David Medcalf
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Photo Caption: Alpaca Joe – aka Joe Phelan – with two of the members of his herd.
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Joe Phelan does not have the flu, but he has gone viral. Or rather his alpacas have gone viral. Or rather he is smiling because of the 10 million 'hits' clocked up by his short video featuring alpacas and prosecco.

Many of the hits are on internet platforms of which he had never previously heard. There are limits to how many social media a respectable 57-year-old banker is likely to be familiar with.

But it appears that the world at large is now tickled pink by the image of South American ruminants appearing with fizzy Italian wine. Ten million hits and counting.

It should be stressed that the alpacas are not required to drink any wine. Glugging the prosecco is the privilege of the humans who join Joe for his regular 'treks' around the grounds of the Killruddery estate in Bray.

With the help of all the social media publicity, these guided walks with the alpacas have become incredibly popular, introducing the public at large to his flock of unusual animals.

Read the rest of this story and view the photo gallery at Farm Ireland.