Bizarre Centrelink scene in small Aussie town delights locals: ‘Such a wild place’

There’s no deny times are tough for many Australians. And there’s no shame in asking for a helping hand, or in this case perhaps, a helping hoof.

That being said, locals were left a little stunned by an unlikely visitor inside a Centrelink this week as most did not expect to see a harnessed alpaca trotting about in the shopfront of the frontline government agency.

The brown alpaca was spotted on Tuesday in Launceston, a town in the north of Tasmania, and the reaction has ranged from confusion and shock to absolute delight and hilarity from the sighting of the farm animal in the unusual setting.

In one video taken from inside the Centrelink offices a young child can be seen taking an interest in the animal before a concerned parent grabs her hand and leads her away, while the seemingly unfazed alpaca continues walking towards the exit.

The brown alpaca spotted in Centrelink Launceston stuns Aussies. Source: TikTok

The animal was earlier spotted lying on a blanket inside the venue while it’s handler waited to speak with workers at the government agency, while many around them giggled in disbelief.

“Centrelink is such a wild place hey,” one Aussie wrote online after the scene was shared online.

A second video showed Kmart shoppers experience similar delight as the alpaca was also spotted there on Tuesday, with staff and the animal handler both appearing to go about their business as if it is the most normal thing in the world to walk an alpaca around the retail store on a leash.

“I can’t believe there’s an alpaca inside,” a small voice can be heard saying.

After the videos were posted online dozens of locals claimed to have seen the alpaca around town, with the animal reportedly taking a trip to Woolworths and Hungry Jack’s on the same day. People from the town claim they have seen the animal around for some time now.

“This alpaca gets better days out than I do,” one joked, while others jested it must be an “emotional support alpaca” if it’s permitted inside stores.

Yahoo News has reached out to Centrelink for comment.

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