Published: 10:33, 23 October 2020
| Updated: 17:05, 26 October 2020
A farm has welcomed a pure white baby alpaca to its herd.
Willow was born at Capstone Farm, near Hempstead , after it had re-opened to the public.
The animal, known as a cria, has a striking all-white coat with piercing blue eyes, making her stand out from her brothers and sisters.
Farm manager Sharyn Wills said: "It's always quite a special moment, especially when they just start to get up and they're quite wobbly when they walk around.
"I remember as a kid watching new born calves do the same and it's always a very special moment, you feel quite honoured to be a apart of it.
"Alpacas are quite skitish, so usually they won't let you get too close unless you have food, but they almost understand you want to go close to the newborns to check them over, so there's an element of trust there.
"She has a gene, known as blue-eyed white, and 70% of them inherit deafness."
"I have a feeling she is deaf, she was asleep in the field and wasn't overly responsive with me the other day.
"It's not really a welfare issue with alpacas because they are a herd animal, so they stay within the group and as they're in a farm they don't have any predators."
Visitors can feed Willow, who was born in August, and the rest of the herd for £5 each, or take her older counterparts on a trek for £20 per head.
Sharyn continued: "We got six boys last spring which we've started using for treks.
"We got them when they were six months old and started halter training them, the breeding herd we got a couple of months afterwards and we had seven babies last year."
Following the outbreak of Covid, the farm had to close due to social distancing.
However, once restrictions were lifted it was able to re-introduce the meet and greets and alpaca trekking.
They now operate via a booking system to ensure safety for staff and visitors.
To find out more, visit its Facebook page.