FWIW, Here's Fugal's response to the Alpaca debacle:
"I have attempted to respond and explain in another thread. Nobody purposely “left the weeds high” or had any idea they would be attacked. Quite
the opposite. The caretakers actually named the animals and fell in love with them immediately. The accusation that the team would stage or plan
anything like what happened to the alpaca is inappropriate, especially when you see the very sincere and unscripted reactions. These are real people,
just trying to do their best to navigate a series of experiences and circumstances in a unique location.
Nothing was “blurred”, it was simply the only camera view that could be had, given the main camera surveillance of that area had ceased working
shortly before the incident (which is so typical on that property). It’s not fake and I am frankly disappointed at how quick people are to criticize
Forgive me if I seem exercised, but I do take this personally and these types of accusations seriously. I am not meaning to add contention or be
insensitive to your concerns...quite the opposite. I hear you, and I respectfully disagree. Thank you for allowing me to comment on this forum.
Kandus & Tom (the caretakers) were new to the ranch & have always wanted alpacas. I granted their request, & genuinely thought they could be unique
biosensors, similar to the dogs. They are loved & well cared for. Nothing was staged for tv. We are simply showing actual events & the realities of
what happens on the/a ranch. This is a working ranch, not to mention all the surrounding properties w/many different animals - pets & livestock. The
caretakers love & care for those animals. We were all devastated by what happened, immediately called in the vet to help remedy the situation, and
immediately moved them to a more secure location. We all love animals.
Also - it is important to note that there has not been a cattle mutilation report on the ranch for a very long time...
I am sorry that this event upset and disturbed some viewers. We take this very seriously, and the entire team was shaken by this and other
Please understand that for several years we have had approximately 150 cows on the property, and had not one incident of attack or mutilation that I
am aware of. Not one. And this is a large 512 acre ranch, in a relatively remote location, with a diversity of wildlife.
The pen or corral that the alpacas were placed in immediately upon their arrival has housed animals for decades, and happened to be situated closest
to the ranch house.
The security camera that was positioned to monitor that area did mysteriously cease working, shortly before the incident. Equipment failures
(especially involving cameras and recording equipment) happen quite often on the property, and sometimes involve mysterious circumstances. This has
been evidenced not only during my stewardship of the property, but also going back to the 1990s during the previous owner’s investigation.
Over the years we have observed that animals sometimes react to unseen forces on the ranch, alerting the team to various events or raising awareness.
The dogs will perk up and focus their attention on “something”, followed by equipment reacting strangely. Same with the cows, and even birds.
Animals are often able to hear frequencies beyond human hearing, and alpacas are especially alert and sensitive. Furthermore, while they might not
look like the toughest of animals, alpacas are actually pretty tough, especially when compared with sheep they are often enlisted to protect. Their
territorial nature and fighting instincts are great deterrents for predators. We would have never anticipated an attack, especially so soon.
I am surprised at how many people have attacked me online, as if we were somehow responsible for an animal attack on a remote ranch. Nobody acted
inappropriately or cavalier in their attitudes or care toward the animals, and to allow the events to be shown as they unfolded was not inappropriate.
It was part of the very real day to day activities in process on the ranch, and concerned the team. Nobody was more horrified than us, and to be so
quick to criticize and judge everyone is not fair.
I have grown up my whole life with animals, and there have been a number of occasions over the years where those pets have been viciously attacked by
other animals. Did that make me an irresponsible pet owner?
I have had people accusing me tonight of animal cruelty, which is outrageous and totally unfair. I am frankly shocked at how critical, judgmental and
mean-spirited people are. Do you know what is really shocking? How downright cruel people are to each other.
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