The story has been going round the world, and the press has been having a field day with it. My recent post, Do Alpacas Attack People? had a big response from people. Lucy of Coire Alpacas brought it to my attention that the gentleman who was bitten has a blog! His name is Rob Rawlins of Wellground Alpacas, and he blogs at Robs Alpaca Blog.
On his blog, Rob dispels some of the untruths that have been written in the media about the incident where he was bitten by an alpaca and air-lifted to a hospital. For example, Rob says that it only took him 2 seconds to free himself from the alpaca, rather than it taking 3 men to get the alpaca off of him as it has been reported. It sounds like Rob was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it was an unfortunate accident. The location of the bite and the fact that it came from an animal’s mouth added to the seriousness of the injury. (Mouths are FULL of bacteria!)
The male that bit him was Rob’s favorite so he’s not bearing ill will towards the alpaca. In a Murphy’s Law twist, the male alpaca was going to have his fighting teeth cut in a matter of minutes by the shearer who was on site when the incident occurred. Read more about Rob’s accident here.
Wishing Rob and his wife all the best, and hoping he makes a speedy recovery!