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Three alpacas and miniature Shetland pony appear in Scots court

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A miniature Shetland pony and three alpacas appeared in court on Monday - to give a morale boost to stressed-out legal staff.

The animals were brought to Edinburgh Sheriff Court as part of a ‘ wellbeing day’ intended to give workers a lift. The pony called Milo took up residence - complete with a supply of hay - in court ten which is typically the scene of criminal trials.And the alpacas - Prohibition, Pearson and Rocky - were housed in a room normally used for prospective jurors to assemble.Court staff were able to meet the animals, pet them, and even feed the alpacas a carrot while accused persons continued to appear in courts downstairs.A number of other treats were laid on for staff, including massages, a nail bar, and, in keeping with the surroundings, a murder mystery trail.Cryptic clues were dotted around the Chambers Street building to reveal the truth behind the courtroom death of a sheriff.A court insider said: “The animals have been a big hit.

There were concerns about the pony being caught short in a courtroom, but fortunately he was wearing a nappy.Did you know you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to our daily newsletter?We send a morning and lunchtime newsletter covering the latest headlines every day.We also send coronavirus updates at 5pm on weekdays, and a round up of the week's must-read stories on Sunday afternoons.Signing up is simple, easy and free.You can pop your email address into the sign up box above, hit Subscribe and we'll do the rest.Alternatively, you can sign up and check out the rest of our newsletters here.“If anything had happened at that end, at least the carpets would have been clean when the sheriff got back.“To be honest, we’ve probably seen worse behaviour

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