Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Viral Video: Farmer Rescuing Baby Alpaca from Badger Hole While Fretting Mother Looks On

Alpaca in the hole!

Farmer John Govin of Govin's Farm in Wisconsin had been searching for a baby alpaca that had been missing for 24 hours.

After literally stumbling upon a badger hole, Govin found the one-week-old animal stuck inside. The baby's head was about two inches below ground level.

"I've been around livestock all my life and I never have seen anything like it," he told

The farmer went to fetch a shovel and started digging around the trapped animal as its mother paced in a circle around Govin.

The mother made a humming-like noise and the baby made bleating-like sounds as Govin continued to dig. Alpacas, a domesticated South American animals that resemble llamas, are used to herd sheep and for their coats, which are used to make rugs, garments and other products.

At first, Govin said, he feared something had dragged the animal into the hole and eaten it.

But no, the baby was fine, although still a bit wobbly when it comes to standing and walking.

Govin, who also has sheep and sells berries to tourists, finally was able to pull the tiny alpaca out by its neck and a foot.

After mom and baby sniffed each, they turned tail and trotted off, leaving Govin with a hole to fill.

After Govin posted the video on Facebook, it of course went viral. More than 950,000 have viewed the footage.

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