Those alpacas sure like giving you a surprise and very surprised I was early on Thursday morning.
The day began as usual, wet 🙁 and so the evening before I’d popped my very heavily pregnant females along with Dora and little Wilson in the barn for the night.
Actually truth be known Dora insisted on being in the barn, definitely no surprises there 🙂
As it happened I’d made the right choice as through the night we’d had some heavy showers. On waking it was still tipping down so Neil offered to go and check on the girls making sure they had enough hay and water etc… Far too wet to turn them out just yet.
As he left the cabin I told him to pay special attention to Blue as her milk had been in for a few days and I was sure she wasn’t to far away from delivering.
He reported back that everything was fine and dandy in the barn, hay-racks and water had been replenished and Big Fat Blue was just having a little snooze.
I finished my coffee, much needed these early mornings to wake me up, whilst pondering his final statement, Big Fat Blue having a snooze.
Alarm bells started ringing and I grabbed my birthing box and high tailed it to the barn.
You guessed it, I was a bit late, what was sat looking at me, Big Fat Blue and next to her a big fat cria 🙂
If alpacas could smile that crafty little moo Blue was definitely smiling and as for Neil I think he needs some more instruction on spotting an imminent delivery.
Better yet if there in the barn I think I’ll skip the coffee next time and check them myself 🙂
Please welcome The Watchman aka Teddy, all 10.52 kg of him, no wonder Blue was big fat Blue 🙂
The last picture shows how big he is compared to Wilson. Wilson who was average size at birth and is almost two weeks old here, is smaller than Teddy. Teddy is the one flashing his rear at us 🙂
He is named, as are a lot of our cria in honour of a friend. In Teddy’s case it’s in honour of Edward, I’ll bet your wondering how Edward becomes The Watchman. Well the name Edward means guardian and as we have great hopes for this little man, definite stud potential, we thought The Watchman sounded more apt.
A tenuous link I know, but we know who it’s in honour of and to us this little lad will always be know as Teddy.