NEWBORN alpaca Twirly is a tiny miracle after he arrived five weeks premature.
The cria (a baby alpaca) has beaten the odds to survive since he was found motionless on one of the year’s coldest nights.
He was born at Mayfield Alpacas farm in Ringinglow, Sheffield, and was discovered by breeder Elaine Sharp.
She nursed him with round-the-clock care for three nights as Twirly was unable to stand alone or suckle its vital first milk from mum Tina.
Elaine, aged 48, said: “When Twirly first suckled on his own from mum it was about 2.30am on Sunday and I cried. It was wonderful.”
Twirly was the first cria born this season at the farm, which has 110 alpacas, and weighed just 9lbs. Usually newborns weigh between 12 and 20lbs.
Now he is clad in a dapper thermal jacket but otherwise is doing well.
Elaine added: “I think if we’d have found him 15 minutes later he might have died.
“We called him Twirly because he came ‘too early’, so it seemed appropriate.
“Alpacas are rarely born prematurely so five weeks early is quite a long time.”