31 Aug Geronimo the alpaca removed as police arrive at Gloucestershire farm | UK News
Geronimo the alpaca has been taken from the Gloucestershire farm where he lives by government vets supported by a police escort.
The animal is facing a destruction warrant that is due to expire on 4 September.
Avon and Somerset Police officers arrived at the site in Wickwar, South Gloucestershire shortly before 11am alongside three people dressed in blue overalls, masks and goggles.
Their actions were being broadcast in an online live feed.
Other alpacas on the farm, which are not in the same pen, gathered nearby after the officers arrived before running off to another part of the farm.
The alpaca has twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, which owner Helen Macdonald believes are false positives.
While officers were there she tweeted further pleas to save the animal.
She posted: “DEFRA have arrived! We are asking once again for an urgent meeting with George Eustice. Please don’t execute Geronimo” and “@BorisJohnson STOP THIS NOW GERONIMO IS HEALTHY.”
Supporters have been camping out at the farm for weeks in case officials from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) arrived to destroy the alpaca.
Ms Macdonald’s legal fight to save her animal has been going on for the past four years, since the alpaca first tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in September 2017.
A force spokesman said: “We can confirm officers are in attendance at a farm in the Wickwar area of South Gloucestershire this morning to support the Animal and Plant Health Agency, who are executing a court warrant.
“We’ll always support our partner agencies to carry out their lawful duties, and our role is to prevent a breach of the peace and to ensure public safety is protected.”