STAFF and the owners of a new farm park got a big shock when they went to check on their animals – only to find an unexpected new arrival.
Beaver Hall in Bradnop, just outside Leek on the Ashbourne Road, officially opened its new farm park and nature trail at a ceremony earlier this month.
The farm park has various animals including pigs, goats, horses – including shires and miniature ponies –sheep, llamas, donkeys, rabbits, hens and guinea pigs.
Last Wednesday, August 20, staff fed all the animals in the morning.
But when they went to check on them again in the afternoon the three llamas had increased to four.
Co-owner of the park, Anne Pearn, said: "The llamas were loaned to us by my friend who lives near Congleton.
"No-one knew the llama was even pregnant. The female has been running with a male for four years, so it was thought she was barren.
"Knowing this my friend thought children would like to see them at our new park, so they moved them to our new farm park for a few months which would enable families to see them.
"The young llama must have been born just after lunchtime as staff were with them in the morning.
"When they went back they came and informed me what had taken place.
"It has been a complete shock to everyone. The youngster, which we believe is a female, is doing fine and is suckling off her mother, who is a first-time mum."
The three llamas names are Lotty, Lucy and Ludo.
Now the park and llama owners are asking Post & Times readers to come up with a name for the new born llama, but it must begin with the letter 'L'.
The winning name will be chosen by the owners.
The winner will receive a family pass to the Beaver Hall complex for a year.
The premises has just completed a nature trail on 60 acres of farmland, helped by the planting of 12,500 trees.
The trail extends to around two miles and the trees have been planted and donated by the Forestry Commission.
Beside the nature trail and farm park a café, shop, and caravan and camping facilities are also available at the complex, which employs 19 people.
Visitors can also watch any horse jumping competitions taking place at the venue.
Please send your name suggestion via our Facebook page facebook.com/LeekPostAnd Times, Twitter on @leeknews, or by writing to Llama Competition, Post & Times, 21-24 Smithfield Centre, Haywood Street, Leek, Staffs. ST13 5JL.
All entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, September 10. Please enclose your name and a contact number.