Walking with Alpacas!

Walking with Alpacas!

On Friday, a group of Year 7 students visited Butterwick Alpaca Retreat.  They had a great day learning about alpacas before taking them out on their daily walk down the lanes and around the fields at the retreat centre.  They also learned to feed not only the alpacas but the Retreat’s other animals including sheep, goats and hens.

The 5 male alpacas are used to being taken for a walk by all age groups from both very young to very old.  Chris and Anna Ramsey who run the Alpaca Retreat were keen to impress on our students that although alpacas can spit at each other if they feel threatened or another alpaca is stealing their food, they actually bring a calm and peaceful feeling of wellbeing to those sharing their company, and are therefore very people friendly.  Alpacas are part of the camel family and hail originally from South America, where they are primarily raised for their soft, luxurious fleece.

All our students had a great day, rating it 10 out 10 and despite some initial nervousness, all of them said they would really like to go back and help again.  As well as learning practical skills caring for animals, the day really helped students develop their leadership, communication and teamwork skills as they worked together to feed and walk the alpacas.  But it was also really positive in helping them overcome some of their fears.  A number of the students were initially uncertain about working with the alpacas, but gradually learned to face and then overcome those fears.  By the end of the day, the students were all a bit loathe to leave!

Our thanks to Butterwick Alpaca Retreat for making us feel so welcome.

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