THESE three alpacas not only take regular strolls along Appledore Quay, but are being trained in agility and may become future film stars.
The trio are owned by Indi Mae, 59, who has been training them since she bought them at the end of last year when they were six months old.
She believes they could be the first ever alpacas to be trained in this way.
Indi, a textile and ceramic artist who has been involved in animal training for most of her career, has called “her boys” Al Paca, Inca and Blue Picchu.
She thinks alpacas are more intelligent than dogs and is determined to prove their ability through the training she is giving them.
Indi said: “They were completely feral when I first got them and when they were put in this field they legged it, but I tamed them within a week.
“I want to start alpaca walks in Appledore which will involve people learning about the history of the village as well.
Alpacas learn to jump to hoops:
“That is why I have been walking them through the village to get them used to being around lots of people and used to the traffic.
“When I first had them I was determined to see if the clicker training would work and it has.
“They can now do some of the agility and kick a ball like they are playing football, they enjoy weaving and retrieving.
“I spend about four hours a day with them.
“It has also been important to train them for the road so they can now sit on the kerb, wait and walk on.
“I think people coming out of the pubs in Appledore have thought they are drunker than they are when they see three alpacas walking along the pavement.
“I am sure they are the first alpacas to be trained in this way, if not some of the first at least.”
Indi walks her alpacas along Appledore Quay
Indi is currently writing a children’s book about them and said ideally she would like them to be involved in film work.
She said: “The book is about their adventures and I think because of their training they would be ideal for a film, so I am waiting for that call from a production company.
“They have certainly had a good reaction in Appledore – people think I am bonkers.”