llama life

Llama calf born on Easter Sunday at Playdale Farm.'Llama calf Scoobie with farm owner Jackie Wilson.'121535a. Picture Kevin Allen.'12/04/12.
Llama calf born on Easter Sunday at Playdale Farm.'Llama calf Scoobie with farm owner Jackie Wilson.'121535a. Picture Kevin Allen.'12/04/12.

THE UNEXPECTED arrival of a furry-four legged animal came as a shock not only to visitors at a local animal farm, but to the owners too.

Easter Sunday saw Daphne the llama give birth to a son who entered the world at Playdale Farm and now stands tall, measuring over three foot.

Born with a full coat of white hair with brown patches across his head, belly and tail, Scooby the baby llama, known as an aria, is getting into the groove in his new surroundings.

Owner Jackie Wilson, who runs the attraction in Cayton with husband Mark said: “Scooby is absolutely brilliant! He was born at 4.15pm on Easter Sunday and customers actually watched as she gave birth and came back the next day to see him.

“He’s been bouncing around the field with his mum, he’s right next to the go kart track but he’s not phased by anything.”

It was a customer who caught the first sight of the baby, but despite the surprise appearance, there’s plenty of grass for Scooby to snack on in the paddock he happily shares with mum and older sister Tullulah.

Mrs Wilson added: “We’re thrilled, especially as we weren’t expecting it.

“We bought Daphne last year with a cria, but we didn’t know she was pregnant.

“We have sheep giving birth all the time, but it’s the first time we’ve had a llama, it was very exciting.”

Proving a popular character on the farm, Scooby can count alpacas, chipmunks, miniature pigs, donkeys, goats, rabbits and a highland cow among his friends.