Glasgow University students coping with exam nerves by stroking a pair of cuddly Alpacas

The Scottish Sun
By: Callum Mason
Photo: Courtesy of The Scottish Sun

Photo Caption: A Netherfield alpaca.

Over 1,000 Glasgow University undergraduates have signed up for a 3½ hour session stroking a pair of the cuddly llama-like animals.

Course bosses hope the students will soak up their naturally chilled disposition for a relaxing study break as they cram for crucial end of year tests.

The Alpacas on Campus Facebook page for today’s event says: “The alpaca has been called the ‘cuter, quirkier and cooler’ cousin of the llama and we have invited several of them to campus for you to meet.

“What better excuse for a study break and de-stress than the chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful beasts?”

Breeders Netherfield Alpacas will ferry the creatures to the university’s campus for today’s sessions.

A spokeswoman said: “The student council asked if we would bring them to help the students de-stress. It’s a great idea.

“Alpacas are very calming animals because they are so relaxed themselves, and they project that out.

“They’re born and bred in Scotland and have stood for hours in front of people at shows, so they will be fine.

“We’ll probably bring Spirit, six, and Darcy, who is seventeen months old.”

Last year the uni brought in cats and dogs for a similar event called Paws for Stress.

Alpacas are smaller than llamas and usually graze high up in the South American Andes.

Their woolly coats are used to knit blankets, coats, sweaters and ponchos.

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