Meet Gus, the ASBO alpaca from Derbyshire

An angry alpaca from Derbyshire has appeared on a TV show about problematic pets.

Friday, 23rd November 2018, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd November 2018, 4:05 pm
Juliette Stevens and Gus the alpaca.
Juliette Stevens and Gus the alpaca.

Alpaca Gus was one of the stars of Channel 4's Embarrassing Pets, which revealed an interesting mix of animal problems.

Juliette Stevens - who has a herd of alpacas at her Derbyshire farm - attended the Embarrassing Pets clinic with Gus.

The 50-year-old said: "He thinks he's human, always has.

"It turns out his mother wasn't able to feed him at birth and he was hand-reared - this means he actually thinks he's a human.

"When I put him in the field with my other alpacas, he ignored them."

While Juliette describes Gus as 'such an affectionate soul when he's in a good mood', she has also become concerned about his bad behaviour.

"If he isn't getting enough attention, he will attack," she added.

"He will have a go at people - hissing and spitting at them.

"And alpaca spit isn't just spit - they regurgitate the contents of their stomach and hurl it at people, it's quite disgusting."

Gus does this to the neighbours - and he has also attacked other alpacas.

Juliette said: "If he was a human, he'd be a human with an ASBO."

You can watch the episode here.