Police are investigating the theft of two pet alpacas from stables at a home near Ringinglow.
Raymon and Olgar were stolen from the house of Michael and Susan Jealous in Long Line while Michael took his wife to Rotherham.
Michael, aged 68, said: “I gave them their breakfast as normal and went out about 8am. I got back just after 10am and they’d gone. The bolts had been taken off the stables. Alpacas are quite valuable, but we don’t keep them for money – they’re just pets to us.”
Alpaca and llama societies have been informed, and the couple are appealing for public help.
The animals have been with the family for just over a year. “We got them when a woman we knew took ill and couldn’t look after them any more and they needed a home. I’ve been out and put missing animal posters everywhere but there’s been no sightings yet.”
Raymon is 20 years old and has a grey coat, while Olgar is 14 and white.
“They’re lovely gentle things. They’ve got great big eyes and lovely long eyelashes, no trouble at all, they’ve always been friendly. We’re absolutely worried sick. All we wanted to do was give them a nice home and we have for the past year – now they’ve been taken away.”