Al­paca’s wrong in the tooth

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AU­DREY the al­paca had big prob­lems with her teeth – very big prob­lems.

“I’ll see what I can do, Rob,” I replied op­ti­misti­cally down the phone af­ter look­ing at pho­tos the farmer had sent me.

Al­though Can­non Hall Farm is a long way from our prac­tice I’d vis­ited be­fore.

And I’m not alone. The vis­i­tor farm, near Barns­ley, at­tracts peo­ple from all over the coun­try – as well as our own beau­ti­ful county of York­shire.

I drove south down the A1 and M1 wor­ried whether I re­ally could help.

And the size of her prob­lem was clear – even from the other side of the barn.


Au­drey looked like buck-toothed spy Austin Pow­ers – hers were also over­grown, long, and there were too many of them.

Adult al­pacas should have just six front teeth, all on their lower jaw. Au­drey had ELEVEN.

She wasn’t in much dis­com­fort, but with­out help there would be se­ri­ous prob­lems af­fect­ing her abil­ity to eat.

The so­lu­tion? You’ll have to watch the fi­nal episode of the se­ries to find out.

But I prom­ise you, it’s a cracker.

The York­shire Vet is on Tues­day at 8pm on Chan­nel 5.

TOOTHY: Au­drey the al­paca had big is­sues

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