Lost Haalrem Alpaca doing well; Stop calling to adopt him says police

NL Times
By: Anna Paganini
Photo: Courtesy Haarlem Politie
Photo Caption: The alpaca found in Haarlem's city center was named "Teddy" by police. January 3, 2018.

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An investigation into an alpaca found wandering the streets of Haarlem late Tuesday night is ongoing, but authorities have asked the public to stop calling them with requests to take the animal off their hands and provide it foster care. After the Haarlem police's tweet asking for tips or information regarding the alpaca, which has since been named "Teddy," police said they received so many calls from citizens wanting to adopt the animal they were forced to post another message asking the public to stop contacting them.

"Request that you not call if you have interest in the alpaca," Haarlem police said. A police report said the alpaca was taken to Amsterdam, where mounted police have a training facility. The animal was then transported to an alpaca farm in Sassenheim, Zuid-Holland while the investigation continued.

"The police have visited several petting zoos, and also a circus. But none of them is lacking an alpaca," police added. The police animal unit for Noord-Holland was still hopeful that either the owner, someone who knows the owner, or a witness relevant to the case would come forward and contact them.

"Teddy is doing just fine", Bert de Mooij from the alpaca-farm Klinkenberg told broadcaster Omroep West.

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Why Your Next Suit Should Be Made of Alpaca Wool

Robb Report
By: Oliver Bennett
Photo: Courtesy of Wyvern Tailoring
Photo Caption: Small British brand Wyvern Tailoring produces all of its fine suits using 100 percent alpaca wool.

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Those tapped into travel and culinary scenes know that the past few years have seen an unexpected gastronomic revolution in the rise of Peruvian food and an explosion in travel to places like Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

But recent years have also seen the emergence of another luxurious South-American tradition—the wool of vicugna pacos. The fleece of the long-lashed, super-cute alpaca has become a sought-after exotic fabric, and top fashion houses like Giorgio Armani, Max Mara, and Loro Piana have long used wool from the alpaca’s close relative, the vicuña, in their luxe collections.

While not as over-the-top luxurious as vicuña (which easily garners price tags of $15,000 and up), alpaca pieces combine the softness of cashmere with the wear-everywhere ruggedness of the roughest sheep’s wool. This versatility is put on sumptuous display in Italian house Canali’s latest collection, which centered around handsome alpaca overcoats (from $1,775)—like the sleek double-breasted, wrap, and utility-jacket styles shown here.

This influx in demand for fine alpaca wool caused ex-financier Edward Ebbern to forgo his industry job in London to become a producer of alpaca clothes for men in the rural county of Dorset. His line, Wyvern Tailoring, was founded with “three animals, and now we have 22,” says Ebbern.

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Meghan Markle’s Hat Designed By Irishman, While Kate Middleton’s Alpaca Hat Is From Kansas

By: Georgia Makitalo
Photo: Courtesy of Peruvian Connection Instagram  

Original content from Inquisitr.

Fashionistas who want to scoop up Meghan Markle‘s modern take on a beret need to look no further. The designer of the hotly debated hat that Meghan wore to her first royal Christmas was created by none other than famed hat designer Philip Treacy. Meanwhile, Kate Middleton’s adorable alpaca hat is from Kansas. What do we know about both future sister-in-law’s Christmas head attire?

According to the Independent, the Suits actress wore a Philip Treacy “felted wool tobacco-hued face-framing hat with his signature scroll at the side and accessorised in the same tone.”

The paper claims that “there was “little surprise” that Meghan Markle chose to wear a Philip Treacy hat for her first “royal family outing.” He is a staple amongst the royal family.

As for Kate Middleton, her Christmas hat was designed by an American company located in the heartland. Wearing a Vallnord Alpaca fur hat by Peruvian Connection, it looked beautiful with her festive tartan plaid pea coat, designed by the high fashion, Italian label Miu Miu.

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Alpacas bring festive cheer to St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Chichester Observer   
By: Harry Cheesewright
Photo: By Chris Jackson/Getty Images 
Photo Caption: The alpacas were a big hit at the hospice.

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Two festive alpacas brought Christmas cheer to the patients and staff of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Bruce and Peta Ives, who run Dunreyth Alpaca’s in Funtington, have taken their animals to nursing, care and residential homes over the festive period for the last 12 years.

After two St Wilfrid’s nurses helped organise the visit, Peta brought round the reindeer-dressed alpacas Baron and Jupiter to the delight of the patients.

Peta, a former nurse, explained it was the first year they had visited a hospice at Christmas and that they received a ‘phenomenal reception’.

She said: “They absolutely love it, I’m not sure who loves it more, the staff or the patients.

“We walked into the day room and it was chock-a-block.

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