Ludo Mineur from Tasmania dropped into Coffs Harbour with his friendly four-legged friend, Nina.
Ludo Mineur from Tasmania dropped into Coffs Harbour with his friendly four-legged friend, Nina. Rob Wright

Nina alpaca a long way from home

IT’S not unusual for people to take their dogs or cats on holidays, but the devotion of a visiting Tasmanian couple to their pet takes some beating.

Ludo and Sally Mineur raised a few eyebrows yesterday when they rolled into Coffs Harbour with a beautiful doe-eyed alpaca in tow.

The young female named Nina was a hit when Ludo took for for a stroll through the city centre.

“I just play a small supporting role,” Mr Mineur said.

“She is the real favourite.”

The two spent most of the day amusing passers-by with few able to resist the temptation to stop and pat the longhaired camelid.

Mr Mineur said while it might be unusual for alpacas to allow people to approach and handle them Nina seemed to bask in the attention.

“It’s not rocket science but it takes many hours and a lot of patience and training,” he said.

When Mr Mineur and his wife decided to head north to escape the bitterly cold southern winter they had no hesitation in bringing Nina along for the sunshine and warmth.

“She has her own special spot in the motor home,” he said.

“We have a break every two or three hours, she’s happy,” he said.

The couple are now making their way back home – next stop Port Macquarie.



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