What did I tell you? as soon as I show a complete lack of interest a female alpaca goes into labour.
Ha Ha alpaca’s you may think your smart but you’ve got to be a bit quicker of the ball to catch me out. I was still watching, my trusted binoculars just allowed me to do it from a bit further away 🙂
Yesterday’s new arrival was courtesy of First Edition, a medium fawn maiden, the sire High Commissioner.
I have been a little nervous waiting for this maiden to deliver because when her field mate Sassy gave birth to Marlie, First Edition became very aggressive towards the cria.
In fact she was so aggressive I had to remove her from the paddock because I was worried for the safety of Marlie and also that of the other cria’s that were due to be born.
As I have never seen a female alpaca do this before, they are normally so very gentle with new born’s, it was as you can imagine quite a shock.
After the shock came the worry as First Edition was by then quite heavily pregnant herself.
I couldn’t second guess her future reactions, would it be different to her own cria, would she hurt it or abandon it?
Lots of questions with no answer’s and with no options but a wait and see making sure I’m was always on hand to intervene if the need arose.
It’s been a long few weeks, I can tell you 🙂
First Edition’s labour went very smoothly, twenty minutes after the nose appeared, the cria was out and on the ground.
First signs were good, she hummed to her baby as I cleaned the cria up, dried her off and sprayed the cord.
I then with bated breath backed off to see how First Edition would respond to her daughter.
As I’ve mentioned before on a previous blog, mother nature is a wonderful thing, something just clicks in side these first time moms and they know exactly what to do.
For First Edition it was no different, a quick sniff and it was love at first sight, all my worry and doubt was for nothing, Perfect! 🙂
First Edition just like all the other girls is a loving, doting mother.
Meet her daughter, Honeyfield Cassandra