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Why did the alpaca cross the road? To get to the other side of the farm of course

The crossing on the B4235 is thought to be the first alpaca crossing the in UK. Credit: ITV News/James Crichton-Smith

If you're driving down the lanes in Monmouthshire and spot an alpaca crossing the road, don't worry you're not seeing things.

The B4235 between Chepstow and Usk is home to what is thought to be the UK's first alpaca crossing, designed to help the animals living at a breeding farm nearby cross the road safely.

Watch James Crichton-Smith's report:

The farm is run by Peter and Glenda Stoneman, who swapped banking for alpaca breeding around 13 years ago, buying a nine acre farm in Earlswood. The couple started off just wanting some animals as pets to give the farm a bit of life, but it soon turned into a business.

The male alpacas have to be led across the lane to visit the female herd in another field and the Stonemans were worried motorists driving at speed would endanger the herd, so they wrote to their local authority and got a warning sign as a result.

Traffic sign regulations prevent the warning signs having a picture of an alpaca, so instead the signs say 'alpaca crossing.'

The herd started as just a couple of pets, but now is a breeding farm. Credit: ITV News/James Crichton-Smith