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Jun 05, 2006

All the cool kids have Alpaca trainers

Here's the story. According to the Daily Telegraph in Australia, a boy named Rory needed a Footballing partner. With Rory sans siblings, and living on the Children's animal farm in Victoria, you can just guess what happened next.

Mom noticed the Alpaca "Chicky" had a real 'tude, so she saw a potential match. She encourage "Chicky" to tackle, the border collie "Jet" to retreive, the miniature pig "Hamlet" to run around in circles and the cockatoo "Lu Lu" to cheer them all on from the sidelines.

Chicky: "Sproing!"


Chicky: "Get out the way—tiny hooves comin' thru"


Rory: "ooooof!"


Jet: "Dewd!"


What a cute kid. Thanks for the story tip, "Nightwatchman" blogger Glenn P.!

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Utopia exists.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 05:59 AM

That 3rd picture is a winner. What a great set of photos.

Kris, in New England
 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:03 AM

I dunno....looks kinda photoshopped to me...

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:03 AM

I heard of Animal Farm, but Animal League?


 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:11 AM

Chicky, Rory, Jet, and Hamlet. A perfect team!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:13 AM

omfg. how could someone be so callous and stupid?! It's obvious that the alpaca is asserting dominance over the kid! He could totally crush him at any moment.

That dog is OBVIOUSLY seconds away from a vicious attack.

..seriously though. totally cute.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:16 AM

chicky's neck looks scary! like its going to be twisted..

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:17 AM

A real life 'Babe' story some thing for Dick King-Smith

the Honourable Gladys Anstruther
 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:17 AM

This makes my pets look SO lazy.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:19 AM

Aw, this is the best!! I've been addicted to CO for a while now, but this is the cutest post since! I just love it.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:20 AM

That first pic cracks me up with the little alpaca legs and the look on its face. The look in the third pic is pretty humorous too.

Watch Rory become a famous footballer someday. I can hear the interviews now about "how it all started" for him as a kid. Too funny.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:24 AM

Yeah, I'm with RevWaldo on this one... there's some pretty obvious photoshopping action happening here...

J. Bo
 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:30 AM

I consider myself to have pretty hard core Photoshop chops, so I'm skeptical of lots of "unbelievable" pics. However- if you check the hair on the alpaca in pic #3 and the shadows on pic #4, you can see either it's real or someone has such great PS chops that I must bow down.

I'm hoping it's the former, cuz these pics are just too dang cute.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:34 AM

This is the kind of childhood every kid should have! Alpacas have the sweetest faces, the lashes, the big eyes. Lucky little Rory!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:35 AM

oh for god's sake, photoshopped my ASS! (not that you'd want to, i have a lovely ass)

this is hilarious, i love it. i wanna play rugby with funny things with long necks and staring-straight-ahead-faces.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:35 AM

I like the dogs face in the 3rd picture.

He looks like he's thinking "the next time that damn 'paca blocks me, I'm gonna bash him Aussie ghetto style".

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:36 AM

It's not photoshopped! I saw a video of the same alpaca and the kid on the news a couple of days ago. So cuuuuute! I hear alpacas are fuzzy and kind animals.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:40 AM

Yeah, but, Dazie, pic #1? YOU have the Photochops, TELL me that one's legit, I DARE you...

Not that ALL of them aren't cute, mind you. I don't mean to disrespect the cute.

J. Bo
 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:42 AM

Definately not photoshopped. Rory and Chicky have been shown playing football with each other on TV here in Australia all week.

Another hilariously cute things about the story is that Rory sounds like an old pro footballer when he speaks.

Best kid and best alpaca ever.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:44 AM

Finn -- you back from España yet? Looks like Jet might be Jack's Ozzie cousin.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:52 AM

Constance, your comment is even funnier when looking at the dog. He has such a funny, dopey look on his face.
arbed, I agree! The legs in the first pic are totes redonk!
GAH! What a funny/cute animal.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 06:58 AM

i smell a straight-to-video disney movie coming on!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:01 AM

Pheral -- [cough snort LOL] ...I'm dyin here.

Pic #1 does have a sort of 'shopped feel to it, in that Chicky has a bit of a dark "aura," and isn't physically wrapped around Rory, and *could* have been pasted into a layer pretty easily.

But my question is, with all the footage of these three available, why would anyone *need* to fake any of the shots? The "aura" could be explained by lighting and what appears to be a 2-tone coat. It's quite possible to have hairs that are dark at the tip & light at the base; even one of our cats is like that. Spot is in fact a rare Norwegian Alpaca Mog. (To be fair, though, she *is* Photoshopped.)

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:02 AM

Is #1 a vampire alpaca, as it doesn't appear to have a shadow?

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:13 AM

How neat! I didn't immediately think the picture was 'shopped but now that I think about it, the first picture looks really funny, not weird funny but funny funny. If you don't think about the story, it's like there's a random Alpaca collaged onto the picture.

Awesome story, though!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:15 AM

Guin, look again. The shadow is faint due to Chicky being off the ground, but it's there.

That is SO WONDERFUL. I am not a sports person, like, ever, in any way... but for these I would make an exception.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:18 AM

Y'all are shop-obsessed. Picky picky picky... ;-)

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:20 AM

bearsbearsbearsbearsbearsbearsbears bananaphone! oops I'm confused.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:26 AM

THIS IS TOO @#$%ING CUTE. I can't stand it. Aaahhh!!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:27 AM

wow what rugby stars!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:28 AM

Yay Alice!
Scrum scrum scrum scrum scrum scrum scrum, ALPACAPHONE...

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:30 AM

Ok, I must have an alpaca. And if I get one, I will knit a sweater out of him. :)

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:30 AM

Pronking, sproinging alpaca, ultra-cute kid.


E. Collison
 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:32 AM

Can't stay a grumpypants for long around you guys!! lol :-)

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:33 AM

I'm so jealous of Rory! All those photos are tooooo adorable.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:48 AM

Laura, you might want to check out this link:
I sent it in to CO a while back because there were some cuties there. This person has a farm where she raises animals that have exotic fibre.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:49 AM

Dum de dum de doot de doo...
Updated the Yay pic...
Deedle de dum de w00t w00t...


 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 07:58 AM

TEHO, yr. the best!! lof the addition.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:02 AM

I think the pictures look photoshopped because of how tight the focus is on the kid and the alpaca. The blurry background behind the sharp foreground images tends to look "fake" but it's just a camera technique.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:09 AM

At, new surprise on Yay...

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:09 AM

No more photoshop controversy! It would have been easier to actually train the animals than to spend all of that time photoshopping. I'll bet that it may have been run through some sharpening to enhance to picture, but nothing more. Enjoy to cute and leave the cute-spiracy theories to the tin-foil hatters out there.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:12 AM

uh, yeah. I noticed the new yay addition...

the "wha" was me being totally dumbfounded by the hilarity/cuteness of this construction. A boy, a dog, an alpaca, a pig, and a cockatoo playing football? too, too much. espec. for this tired brain on a Monday.

A thinker
 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:36 AM

What pic are *you* looking at, Thinkie?

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:43 AM

The cockatoo is not in the photo, but it is mentioned in the description.

These pictures made my Monday!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:49 AM

Ahhhh... OK, thought for a moment there that the Yay pic had taken on a life of its own, acquiring new elements without my intervention, knowledge, or indeed within my limited powers of observation.

Note to self: Begin administering monthly Turing tests on Yay pic, starting yesterday.

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 08:56 AM


(thanks, Jaye)

A thinker
 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 09:01 AM

I wanna see pics of the miniature pig and cockatoo too!

 |  Jun 05, 2006 at 09:20 AM

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