It's feared a newborn alpaca stolen from a Hunter Valley farm will die in a matter of days, unless she's given proper care.
The three-week old was taken from a paddock at Starline Alpacas Farmstay Resort on Adams Peak Road at Broke on Sunday night.
It's the latest in a string of animal thefts in the area.
Worried staff say the baby alpaca needs a special milk powder to survive, and normal milk will kill her.
The newborn's mother is understood to be extremely stressed.
Hunter Valley Police are investigating the theft.