Trevor Bennett, 77 from The Witterings, has been able to combat fox attacks on his rare breed ducks through ownership of two 'guard dog' Alpacas that are cared for using his TGA mobility scooter.
Trevor is a retired property developer who enjoyed a successful 25-year career and now lives with his wife in rural West Sussex. They own around 1.5 acres of land that includes a large, picturesque pond that is home to their flock of ornamental ducks. Unfortunately the number of ducks has been seriously reduced due to fox attacks in recent years so Trevor decided to purchase two Alpacas to guard his birds. These animals are renowned for their abilities in warding off predators whilst being friendly to humans - ideal for Mr & Mrs Bennett's needs. However until recently, caring, feeding and walking them would have been impossible for Trevor without his TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter with off-road capabilities.
Trevor's TGA Breeze 4 is similar to the model that won the Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge that was broadcast on BBC2. The programme involved a team of disabled war veterans, one of which who rode a TGA Breeze, racing against the Top Gear presenters up a rugged, muddy hillside in the Brecon Beacons. The 8mph Breeze mobility scooter completed this epic course and is now a national favourite. Owned by countless individuals living with restricted mobility, it allows people with a variety of conditions regain their independence outdoors, especially in rural settings.
Trevor explains: "We live in the country and have a very large duck pond where we keep a variety of ornamental ducks. Unfortunately since the local hunt has been disbanded, foxes have considered our pond to be the nearest thing to McDonald's and started to seriously decrease our flock. Having researched, we found that Alpacas are a splendid deterrent against foxes and two 'boys' were duly bought. Girls are much too expensive so we bought Dexter and Alfie. The boys have proven invaluable to us. Not only do they keep the foxes away, their fleece is also very valuable and their end product is a non-smelling fertilizer much like rabbit droppings. They are very low maintenance, friendly and inquisitive. When haltered they can be taken for a walk much like a well-behaved dog which is where my TGA Breeze mobility scooter comes in."
Trevor continues: "Some years ago I was researching mobility scooters online, that would tackle rough ground. I found an advertisement for the TGA Breeze 4 showing a farmer feeding his lambs, which seemed to be just what I was looking for. Since owning my scooter it has made a massive difference to my independence around my land as it is so robust and delivers great traction. Now I have my two boys to look after, my Breeze has become even more indispensable. I simply just hook their leads over the tow bar at the back of my Breeze 4 and off we go walking together perfect!"
Daniel Stone concludes: "Our TGA Breeze has such a proven track record for trusted performance, it is relied upon by a huge number of owners across the UK in a variety of settings. Even though they live with restricted mobility, we have Breeze owners who have been able to carry on running farms, competing in golf tournaments and even towing sailboats. The Breeze is such a versatile machine and feel confident Mr Bennett's model will continue to serve him and his Alpacas really well for many more years to come."