Australian Bikers

cleo-alpaca

Yes, Australian bikers are different. First, they call themselves “bikies” not “bikers”. Second, they’re fond of large, furry pets.
“A stolen alpaca has been recovered during a raid of a bikie clubhouse in Sydney’s south-west. Police on Wednesday raided headquarters of the Gypsy Jokers outlaw motorcycle gang, uncovering drugs, guns and cash.
But they also found Cleo – a brown female alpaca that was being kept in a paddock at the rear of the clubhouse.”
(From: the Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 19 June 2014.)
(For those British readers who are confused by the statement ” a brown female alpaca that was being kept in a paddock”: in the Australian vernacular a “paddock” is not a toad [that’s Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1 Scene 1] but a field or meadow.)