A heartbroken couple have issued a plea for the safe return of their pet alpacas after they were stolen from their home.
Shaggy-haired duo Raymon and Olgar were stolen from the house of Michael and Susan Jealous in Ringinglow, Sheffield.
The pair of pets – who have lived with the Jealous family for just over a year –were taken from the stables in Long Line as 68-year-old Michael dropped his wife off in Rotherham.
South Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation into the incident and the UK’s alpaca and llama societies have been informed of the theft.
But the couple hope the public can help make sure the animals are returned safely.
Michael 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.”
Michael added: “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 14-year-old Olgar is white.
Alpacas live until their mid-20s and it has been known for stolen animals to be offered for sale at markets.
Michael said: “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.”
* Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.
* Alpacas are members of the South American camelid family which includes llamas, guanacos and vicunas.
* Alpacas and llamas were domesticated more than 6000 years ago by the early civilizations of the Andes.
* Alpacas’ cashmere-like fleece was used for clothing for the Incan royalty and the larger llama was used to transport cargo on the steep Andean trails.