Alpaca baby born in pasture!

August 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Ciena Jaxon gave birth to her second cria on Monday, Aug. 24, in the pasture!  This was a first for us, although it is an ordinary event for alpacas, we’re told.

Terry opened the gates for the female alpacas to go to the pasture, and then for the males to go to their side.  She noticed Ciena lying down in the shade of a tree, and went over to investigate – but Ciena moved away from her.  Terry was able to lift her tail, but saw nothing “suspicious” of delivery, so decided, according to the advice of Dr. Bob Pollard, to “go back to the house and have a cup of tea.”  (she opted for coffee)  Forty-five minutes later she walked back to the pasture, and there was Ciena with her little female cria at side, standing and trying to nurse.  The placenta was nearby on the ground!  What a way to have babies!

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The boys on the other side of the fence, and her older brother are checking her out!

Taking a rest after all the excitement!

Taking a rest after all the excitement!

Mom and baby about two hours after birth.

Mom and baby about two hours after birth.

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