(MENOMONIE, Wisc.) — A farmer in Menomonie, Wisconsin, recently rescued a baby alpaca after randomly spotting her head peeking out of a hole in the grass.
“I found her just several inches underground,” farmer John Govin told ABC News. “Her little head was just looking up and out of the hole. It looks like she fell into what appeared to be a badger hole.”
The alpaca, part of a small herd on Govin’s farm, was just a week old when she went missing on May 7, Govin said. He added, “She didn’t come in with mom for grain that night.”
But fortunately, the alpaca popped up (quite literally) the next morning on Mother’s Day, Govin said.
The farmer initially tried to pull the alpaca out with his bare hands, but her leg was wedged, so he had to go and get a shovel to dig her out, he said.
Video of the rescue, filmed by Govin’s wife, was posted to Facebook last Friday and has since been shared more than 16,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon.
The video shows the baby alpaca running to her mother and giving her a kiss after she’s been freed.
“She’s doing just fine now,” Govin said. “We’re thinking about naming her Dusty. Alpacas love to take dust baths, and we think she was probably rolling in the dust when she slid into the hole by accident.”
Govin added, “This was certainly the strangest thing I’d ever seen.”
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