EXCITING NEW ARRIVALS TO JUNIOR FARM AT WROXHAM BARNS
Ant & Dec are here! Two cheeky, cuddly Alpacas who have moved house from a local couple who were really keen for them to go to a lovely new home – the whole team at Wroxham Barns are delighted that they decided that Junior Farm was the perfect place. They have a new purpose-built shelter and already look like they have made themselves at home.
It’s the first time Wroxham Barns have had this type of animal and they are now permanent members of the Junior Farm family. Just like their namesakes, they’re friendly and very cheeky and we hope they won’t be saying ‘Get me out of here!’ any time soon!
We’ve been finding out some fascinating facts about Alpacas who were domesticated more than 6,000 years ago:
- They have soft pads on the bottom of their feet which don’t dig into the ground like hooves.
- They can live up to 25 years and they make a “humming” sound
- Some farmers use them as “lawnmowers” as they simply eat the tops of the grass, rather than pull it up by the roots.
- Their incredible fleece is water-resistant and much warmer than sheep’s wool but not as “itchy”.
Ant & Dec are in their prime at 7 years old and in the warmer weather they apparently love to be sprinkled with a hosepipe so will be sure to enjoy Junior Farm Fest planned for the school summer holidays with it’s “watery theme”!