Alpacas become new boys at college

Cuthbert, left, and Rupert are settling into their new surroundings SUS-150127-100341001
Cuthbert, left, and Rupert are settling into their new surroundings SUS-150127-100341001

TWO new boys with a difference have joined a village school.

Rupert and Cuthbert, the alpaca brothers, have settled in well at Slindon College.

They are well established in their own paddock next to the college’s donkeys, Norman and Loopy.

Maureen Sergeant, who is the head of land-based studies at the college, said: “This is a delightful addition to our animal kingdom and we look forward to training the alpacas to the lead so the pupils can take them for walks around our extensive grounds.

“They are sociable and intelligent animals and should thrive in the environment we are providing. We have built them a very sturdy waterproof shelter within their paddock and, so far, they have settled in extremely well.”

Slindon College is an independent day and boarding school which provides specialist learning support for boys aged eight to 18. It has about 100 pupils, including a small sixth form.