Alpacas having a dip in Loch Ness tricked viewers into thinking they were the real Nessie.

The herd managed to escape their sanctuary owners on multiple occasions as the they frantically tried to find them.

Some were out on an organised trek with paying animal lovers, while others found a way to join them on the journey.

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Viewers on social media were left in stitches. Lo Mac wrote: “Cue the Nessie sightings from the other side of the loch.”

Ryan Mackenzie added: “Closest looking animal to Nessie.”

The mischievous bunch, from Loch Ness Alpacas in Dores, Inverness, had a nosey round the Balachladaich Bed and Breakfast, situated next to their pen on the banks of Loch Ness.

One of the sneakier alpacas was seen finally being caught yesterday as it enjoyed a cool-down in the loch.

It looked a dead ringer for the 1934 “surgeon’s photo”, which was found to be a fake 60 years later.

This comes after Boffins posited a new bombshell Nessie theory, suggesting that the beast may have actually been a freshwater dinosaur.

Fossils of small plesiosaurs – long-necked marine reptiles from the dinosaur age – have been unearthed from a 100million-year-old river system that is now Morocco’s Sahara Desert.

Dr Nick Longrich, who helped produce the new study at the University of Bath, said plesiosaurs would be able to live in Scotland’s Loch Ness.

“It might work in terms of plesiosaur biology,” he said.

“But the fossils suggest an asteroid killed the last plesiosaurs 66million years ago.

“So maybe it doesn’t work.”

Scientists from the universities of Bath, Portsmouth and Hassan II in Morocco studied the fossils, which included neck, back, bones and teeth from 12ft-long adults and an arm from a 5ft baby.

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They hint the creatures routinely lived and fed in freshwater alongside frogs, crocodiles, turtles, fish, and the huge aquatic dinosaur spinosaurus.


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