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Found: A Baby Alpaca Trapped in a Hole

A dirt bath went very wrong.

At Govin’s Farm, a family farm in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a baby alpaca was missing. She was a week old, and in the evening, had always appeared with her mom. But on Saturday, the baby alpaca wasn’t in the yard.

The farmer started searching for her, but it wasn’t until the next morning that he found her, surrounded by the alpaca herd. She was in a hole. “It was really strange to see because she was entirely underground when I first saw her,” the farmer wrote on Facebook.

Apparently, alpacas are into dirt baths, and the going theory is that this alpaca slid into “an old badger hole by accident.”

The rescue was swift, although the alpaca seemed very happy in the hole and unwilling to come out. But the farmer eventually coaxed her out and reports she’s doing just fine.

Bonus find: Severed foot that “may be a training aide”

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